See the good in others. Extend a hand or an ear when someone needs it. Be respectful, be forgiving, be honest, be upfront. Smile often and laugh out loud. Cry when you need to. You’re human. Humanity is a network. You need others just as others need you.
Happy Birthday in heaven to the Queen Aaliyah.
“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
You cannot fake Faith, pretend to Believe and expect what you think you want, to just magically happen. The Power of Prayer is the Faith invested in it. You cannot claim to understand and know Love while, judging, hurting, ignoring others. Love is similar to Light and meant to be given and spread infinitely. Beauty is not flesh nor bone, but the sum of positive, magnetic energy found within your Soul. Be on Fire like a Star, not destructive and dark life a black hole.
You aren’t perfect but you are enough. Your flaws are nothing more than your soul’s decor. Your dream is never too big to pursue. Your desire is never too unimportant to to just overlook, dismiss or give up on. Your mistakes are learning experiences. Your heartache is temporary. Your own value is always greater than any label or level you place on it. If “what is” doesn’t stimulate your mind or warm your heart, and “what could be” is an invasion of butterflies in your stomach, settle probably isn’t the right option.
Never change who you are to fit in or to be accepted/approved of by another. If they want you to change for them, they don’t respect or appreciate who you already are. If it requires you to change to be a part of their community or group, they don’t deserve your presence or attendance. The only person you should ever want and need to change for is yourself, it’s naturally built into our ongoing individual growth.
Eventually you reach a point where you don’t feel obligated to defend yourself against anyone trying to bring you down or deliver drama to your world. It also grows much simpler to just let things go, cut people off, continue your journey instead of engaging in unneeded negativity. Be observant, remain vigilant, people who change up on you without explanation or communication likely were never on your team to begin with.
You can live your entire life waiting for something to become what you want it to be, only to find out it wasn’t meant to be. You can attempt to force love into a situation that isn’t built to support it. You can give up on your own happiness just to be content with what is already in place. You can make excuses to stay, make excuses to leave, make excuses as to why you can’t move on but in the end you’re left with nothing but regret chasing behind those excuses. You deserve what you want and what you need. Stop waiting for something or someone to change or become what it is you seek. If they were about your joy, it would already have come to fruition. Don’t waste your years, your time, your life on people and situations that don’t fit in your plan, progress and future. Do not fear the uncertainty that accompanies change. You have a hand in writing your destiny. Invest in what makes your heart warm, in what makes you smile.