My friends bestow wisdom upon me constantly. Sometimes it's intentional during a necessary and much needed heart to heart. Sometimes it's more casual; a passing thought that strikes me in a certain way. As much as possible I try to absorb their words. I keep a shoebox full of select cards, letters, notes, doodles, etc that I call my "Cheer up!" box, I jot down sentiments in my various notebooks, I cut and paste online conversations and save them on my computer. I guess you could say I'm a bit of an advice/quote/life theories pack rat. I can't help myself...Food For Thought gets me every time. Plus, as The Happiness Project taught me, there's no harm in building a happiness savings account of sorts for those day when you're a little low on happiness funds :)
Some FFT I was reminded of today...
"No matter where you go and what you do - you will not only impact the people you meet, but you take a little piece with you...and I think that's the true meaning of being fearless - not being afraid to let people impact you as much as you impact them. Be open."
A thought introduced to me by a friend that really stuck with me (I've mixed in my own voice to his original sentiment...it's a bit of an idea love child, which is kind of fitting for our dynamic);
People often use the expression 'life is short!' as a rallying cry to seize the day and every opportunity presented to them. While I agree that each passing day is an adventure, a chance to be grateful, I have come to realize that...if you're lucky...life can also be long. There is time to adjust and make changes. You don't have to get it right the first time, every time. So I say be boldened by the combination of these notions; cherish every moment..live them fully..and then find peace and courage in knowing that tomorrw brings a fresh start.
"Pay attention and listen to your True Self-- all along the way--she will guide you into the best life for you."
"Take the time to really get to know yourself, warts and all. Be gentle and kind to yourself. No one ever grows from negative self comments. The world beats us up enough, we don't have to help!!!! Surround yourself with things you love and don't be afraid to be alone. It's only then that you can really know what you want and need. Listen to that still small voice that whispers to you. The earlier you hear it the better chance it has at not becoming a scream!"
In Gratitude for the wonderful people in my life and the FFT they provide,