If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
There will be many people you meet in this life that do not like you; don’t be one of them. Place your concern on the opinion of the person you see most – YOU. You owe it to yourself and the Universe to make peace with whatever is causing you pain. Be kind, forgiving, and patient. Know that you deserve — and are worthy — of your own love and respect. When you believe this with every ounce of your being, everything else will fall into place.
There is a lot of negativity in this world; don’t let it bring you down. You have the power to choose who you spend your time with, the messages you listen to, and the images you view. Become aware of the inexhaustible supply of positivity that exists; it’s energy enriching and always the better choice. Uplift yourself and inspire others in the process.
Life is full of challenges; let them fuel you, not wear you out. Let kindness and gratitude be a way of life – especially when it’s hard. Spend your time focusing on the good, the things for which you can be grateful, the kindness that shows up unexpectedly. These things are abundantly scattered around you. Make it your mission to find them.
Change is scary; be brave. There can be comfort in familiarity, even when it’s painful. Venture beyond what you know, who you know, and where you are in your life. Take a leap. Lean into the discomfort of change and be open to new perspectives and opportunities.
Detours are inevitable; make them fun! Just when you think you have it all figured out, life is going to show up and send you in a different direction. It may not be the route you wanted to take or the avenue you wanted to travel, but keep your eyes – and your heart – open to the magical adventures that show up in your path. Detours can be the catalyst for the most amazing transformations. Celebrate the chance to go somewhere you’ve never been.
Teachers are all around us; be ready to learn. The most important lessons you will learn in your life will not take place in a classroom. Your teachers will not all be professors, and experts, and gurus. Some will show up in unlikely disguises. Some you will know, others you will meet. Some will show up on the pages of a book or magazine, others may be on a television set or movie screen. Some will be old and wise, others will be young and curious. Some will be an inspiring example, others will be an example of what NOT to do.
But all will have something to teach that will enrich your life if you are an attentive student. Watch, listen, and learn. And remember that knowledge is never enough. It’s what you do with what you learn. Be ready to apply the lesson. Be willing to take action.