If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
You have something special to share with the world. It’s up to you to figure out what that is and to share it with as many people as you can! If you don’t know what that is yet, take a look at the people you admire and the people you admire. Think about what it is they are being, doing, or having that you wish for yourself and go after those things in your own life.
You must do this, even if it scares you, because you are here to help. Each one of us is here to realize our connection with others and our world through service and compassion. If you hold the intention to serve in your heart, you’ll be astounded by the doors that open for you.
Make a list of your fears, and face them one by one. Start with baby steps and move from there. Before you know it you’ll not only conquer your fears but you will have transformed into the person you were always meant to become.
Speaking of that person, strive to be your most authentic self in each and every moment. Say what’s on your mind and tell others how you feel, even when it feels uncomfortable to do so because you may never have that chance again. Only by making yourself vulnerable will you be able to know the depth of connection with others that is possible.
Show the world what makes you uniquely YOU, whether it’s your love of crazy hair colors, dry sense of humor, or penchant for skipping down sidewalks. If you stop worrying about how others might judge you and start being yourself, opinions be damned, you’ll be surprised by how warmly you’re received. If trauma, societal expectations, or stress have severed your connection to your true self, recall your earliest memories. Allow child-you to lead you back to your essence.
While you’re doing all of these things, most importantly, be present. The time to wake up and begin consciously living your life is NOW. Within you lies the power to slow the passage of time. Life contains an infinite number of moments; the trick is simply to notice them.
When you’re speaking with another person, look into their eyes and give them the gift of your full attention. Accept each person, moment, and situation just as it is. By releasing expectations, you unlock the chains of dissatisfaction and grant yourself the freedom to be happy.
When your mind wanders from the present moment, gently coax it back by focusing on your breath. Training attention is no different than training a muscle. With continued practice, you can begin to consciously choose your responses to people and situations rather than reacting to them. And this, my friend, is when you finally begin to LIVE. Don’t go back to sleep..