Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Make Every Day Count (Author Unknown)

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away
that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose,
to teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out
who you are or who you want to become.   

You never know who these people may be
(possibly your roommate, neighbor, professor, boyfriend/girlfriend,
long lost friend, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them,
or feel their energy, you know at that very moment
they will affect your life in some profound way. 

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful,
and unfair at first, but in reflection,
you find that without overcoming the obstacles
you would have never realized your potential,
strength, willpower, or heart. Everything happens for a reason.     

Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck.
Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness,
and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.
Without these small tests,
whatever they may be,
life would be like a smoothly paved, straight,
flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable,
but dull and the utter downfalls you experience,
help to create who you are and who you become.
Even the bad experiences can be learned from.
In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them,
they have helped you learn about trust and importance of being cautious
when you open your heart. 

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally,
not only because they love you, but because in a way,
they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things. 

Make every day count. 

Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything
that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again.
Talk to people that you have never talked to before and actually listen.
Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high.
Hold your head up because you have every right to. 

Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself,
for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. 

You can make of your life anything you wish.
Create your own life because you never know
what tomorrow may have in store. 

And learn a lesson in life each day you live. 

Today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday. 

Was it worth it?

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We must never permit the voice of humanity
within us to be silenced. It is Man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him a Man.

--Albert Schweitzer

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

--Viktor E. Frankl