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* Understanding is the best thing in the world
The world would be a much kinder place if we tried to put ourselves in other people’s shoes from time to time. It’s easy to judge but more difficult to pause and reflect on the actions of others. The thing is ….you never know when you might need the understanding of others, so do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
* You won’t always feel the way you do now
When you are going through a difficult time, it helps to remember that you won’t feel the way you do now forever. Things change just through the passing of time and the natural ebb and flow that occurs with that forward movement. Things can change so try not to get stuck in how you feel today as it will shift and evolve as time goes by.
* Unpleasant emotions are a signal
These suck don’t they, but they are a signal that something you are doing might not be working. Perhaps it helps to think about what was going on at the time you experienced them. What were you doing or thinking? Who were you with? Feelings follow thoughts and lead to certain actions. What are your emotions trying to tell you?
* This…. is not that
Sometimes when you’ve had bad experiences in the past, you might develop a knee-jerk response to current experiences based on those happenings. Your assessment is clouded by the feelings attached to the past events. This situation happening now is not that past thing. Learn from your experiences but see the present with fresh eyes.
* Ain’t no mountain high enough
There will always be obstacles in life, that’s a given. Keep focused on your goals and don’t be put off by problems that come your way. Things can get hard and it might seem like there are mountains in your way. Giving up is not the way to achieve, only by persevering can you get where you want to go.
* Every little thing gonna be alright
Bob Marley sang this in a way that made us believe that it could be true. When you are going through some challenging times, it might help to think that everything will be ok in the end. Not right now perhaps and not to diminish what is happening at the time. Look to the future when things will be alright.
* If at first you don’t get there, try try try again
Even if you have tried something ten times and it hasn’t worked, today is a new day and a chance to do it differently. Don’t be disheartened by set-backs, yes they can be a kick in the teeth, but each time you try, you learn something new and you’re closer to success.
* Follow your own path
As you go through life, it’s rewarding to discover who you really are and what your purpose is on this planet. This may involve shedding layers of expectations you’ve taken on along the way. It might also mean forging a new path for yourself off the beaten track. This is ok. Find out who you are and what you want and the way forward becomes clearer.
* Everything has a season
Those who farm the land understand this well. There is a perfect time for everything: to plant seeds, water crops and to harvest. There’s a time to make things happen and a time to let go. It doesn’t help to fight against the natural rhythm of life but to try and go with the flow and row row row your boat with the current not against it.
Take care and be kind to each other