I came across this quote today & felt there was a need to really pick it a part, piece by piece, in order to share some of my own life experiences, especially over the past few months, as they pertain to each sentence. Life is always a struggle, whether it be internally or externally. The human race is undeniably connected in one way or another & learning how to cope with the events that take place, whether they affect you on a personal level or not, is the key to pushing through the struggle.

“Be Soft”

Keep your mind and your heart open. Being judgmental and critical of others only depletes you of precious energy & time. So have compassion for others & be gentle with yourself. You ARE worthy of love!

“Do not let the world make you hard”

Believe you me, I know that this is much tougher than it sounds. 9/11 is one event in America’s history that really made most of America angry because it was, quite simply, so unfathomable. It could not be comprehended how these people could have such a huge disregard for human life. It changed our country forever. It’s okay to be bitter and resentful, but it doesn’t define the entire Middle Eastern population, only those a part of the terrorist group that caused such great tragedy. Holding onto that hatred & resentment is toxic & it won’t change anything. It will, however, hinder your ability to find peace within. Having hatred towards those who weren’t a part of causing the deaths of so many is not going to heal anyone.

“Do not let the pain make you hate.”

I have endured so much personal pain in my own life & I used to be the type who would hate whoever it was that inflicted such great pain on me. I would even hate myself at times for the pain I caused others. Hate controlled my life & suffocated me. About 5 years ago I chose to remove the word “hate” from my vocabulary. Hating the other person truly only gives them satisfaction. Let those who are negative entities in your life go. Forgive them, forgive yourself, then let it go. If it cannot be changed, then simply let it go. This will allow you to live in the present moment.

“Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.”

Much like hatred, bitterness really can steal your sweetness and your ability to be compassionate. Holding onto it does absolutely nothing but give the other person the satisfaction of seeing you miserable. Let it go, forgive, & move on.

“Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

There is beauty all around you. Bitterness, hatred, and resentment tend to cloud our vision and only allows for one view of our surroundings, which is generally not all that pretty. Again, forgive, be compassionate, let go of those who bring you down and surround yourself with those who lift you up. A change in perspective will do wonders. If you are rebuilding your life, starting anew, create a foundation out of positive affirmations and self love surrounded by others who will keep your house illuminated at all times. Most importantly, love yourself, know your self-worth, set boundaries, & forgive yourself. That is when you will find ultimate peace. 

Wishing You Peace & Many Blessings,