They ask, Why do so many feel alone, Why do so many suffer in silence, Why do so many trade life for death, I sigh, There aren’t many who will listen, There aren’t many shoulders to lean on, Not many who’ll dry our weeping eyes, Too many times, people are just curious, Not genuinely concerned:(
Hello there! Today, I want to share with you 101+ motivational one-liner quotes that I’ve collected. They include quotes about life, love, happiness, and success. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I did. Remember to share your favorite quote(s) in the comment box. Happy reading.
One-liner life quotes:
Life is God’s novel. Let him write it. Isaac Bashevis Singer
Laughter is God’s blessing. Joseph Prince
Time is long but life is short. Stevie Wonder
Short cuts make long delays. J. R. R. Tolkien
Life is short, and it is here to be lived. Kate Winslet
Life is too short not to enjoy it. Glen Campbell
Love is so short, forgetting is so long. Pablo Neruda
Life is too short to be unhappy. Koena Mitra
Life is short, so enjoy it to the fullest. John Walters
Into each life, some rain must fall. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Don’t go through life, grow through life. Eric Butterworth
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Socrates
Every man dies. Not every man really lives. William Wallace
Life is too short for long-term grudges. Elon Musk
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne
Growth is the only evidence of life. John Henry Newman
We pass through this world but once. Stephen Jay Gould
Life is never easy for those who dream. Robert James Waller
I want to live my life, not record it. Jackie Kennedy
Life is a long lesson in humility. James M. Barrie
The difficulty in life is the choice. George A. Moore
Life is a lively process of becoming. Douglas MacArthur
Wrong life cannot be lived rightly. Theodor W. Adorno
The greatest pleasure of life is love. Euripides
Life is made up of marble and mud. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Life is a work in progress. Jeff Rich
The less routine the more life. Amos Bronson Alcott
There is no wealth but life. John Ruskin
Life’s more amusing than we thought. Andrew Lang
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein
While there’s life, there’s hope. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Life loves the liver of it. Maya Angelou
A life well spent is long. Leonardo da Vinci
Our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aureliu
Life must be lived as play. Plato
Each day is the scholar of yesterday. Publilius Syrus
My trade and art are to live. Michel de Montaigne
My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi
While we are postponing, life speeds by. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
To be free is to have achieved your life. Tennessee Williams
We cannot put off living until we are ready. Jose Ortega y Gasset
One-liner action quotes:
Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
It is much easier to propose than to execute. David Noonan
A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. Arabian Proverb
A tongue doesn’t get things done. Amit Kalantri,
Do not be wise in words be wise in deeds. Jewish Proverb
Words are from the lips, actions are from the heart. Rashida Costa
Being all talk speaks volumes about you. – Frank Sonnenberg
“Talk is cheap. Actions speak.”
“No plan and no action will lead to no results.” – Germany Kent
“Love is more than a word. Love is an action.” – Roy Godwin
One-liner Success quotes:
Success is dependent on effort. Sophocles
To be prepared is half the victory. Miguel de Cervantes
Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen
Much effort, much prosperity. Euripides
The secret of success is sincerity. Jean Giraudoux
There is no substitute for victory. Douglas MacArthur
Success breeds success. Mia Hamm
Fortune befriends the bold. Emily Dickinson
Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes
Nothing succeeds like success. Alexandre Dumas
One fails forward toward success. Charles Kettering
Nothing recedes like success. Walter Winchell
When you win, nothing hurts. Joe Namath
There is no success without hardship. Sophocles
Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Benjamin Disraeli
The best revenge is massive success. Frank Sinatra
Every failure is a step to success. William Whewell
One-liner love quotes:
Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi
There are never enough I Love You’s. Lenny Bruce
What force is more potent than love? Igor Stravinsky
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens
If you want to be loved, be lovable. Ovid
Don’t forget to love yourself. Soren Kierkegaard
We can only learn to love by loving. Iris Murdoch
The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich
Our first and last love is self-love. Christian Nestell Bovee
The eyes those silent tongues of love. Miguel de Cervantes
Love is the energy of life. Robert Browning
Great thoughts come from the heart. Luc de Clapiers
The best proof of love is trust. Joyce Brothers
Love conquers all. Virgil
Love is a great beautifier. Louisa May Alcott
Love is metaphysical gravity. R. Buckminster Fuller
There is no limit to the power of loving. John Morton
Ultimately love is everything. M. Scott Peck
Love comes unseen; we only see it go. Henry Austin Dobson
Love dies only when growth stops. Pearl S. Buck
Love has a tide! Helen Hunt Jackson
One must not trifle with love. Alfred de Musset
Love is the only gold. Alfred Lord Tennyson
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. Jean Anouilh
The ear is the avenue to the heart. Voltaire
Do all things with love. Og Mandino
Love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine
Any time not spent on love is wasted. Torquato Tasso
We all need each other. Leo Buscaglia
Friendship is Love without his wings! Lord Byron
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare
One-liner happiness quotes:
If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
Happiness is a direction, not a place. Sydney J. Harris
Happiness is an inside job. William Arthur Ward
Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. Joseph Wood Krutch
Happiness is no laughing matter. Richard Whately
Joys divided are increased. Josiah Gilbert Holland
You can be happy where you are. Joel Osteen
To buy happiness is to sell the soul. Douglas Horton
Happiness is only real when shared. Christopher McCandless
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam
Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life. Avril Lavigne
The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama
If it makes me happy, it definitely adds to my well-being. P. V. Sindhu
I’m very happy alone. Octavia E. Butler
Flowers are happy things. P. G. Wodehouse
Being happy is a matter of personal taste. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Joy is not in things; it is in us. Richard Wagner
Life is a tragedy full of joy. Bernard Malamud
The joy that isn’t shared dies young. Anne Sexton
Shared joy is increased, shared pain is lessened. Spider Robinson
There are times when we must travel out of town. Maybe it’s for a job interview, business meeting, appointment, etc., in another city, state, or town. Below I’ll share some safety tips that you can use when you’re traveling alone to somewhere new. Kindly note that these tips are for instances where you’re not planning to stay overnight.
1. Do your research.
Please research the location that you’re going to. Take note of landmarks, they are useful guides in case you should get lost. Ensure that you’re not going to a location with numerous reports of robberies, kidnappings, rape, and other violent crimes. Whoever you are meeting with, ensure that you’re comfortable meeting up with that person. Let someone at home know that you’re going to meet X person. Provide their correct name, address, phone number, and the reason for visitation. Never meet up with strangers.
If you’re going for a job interview or appointment; ensure that the business is registered with a known government body. If you will be meeting up with a tour guide, please ensure that this person is affiliated with the company. Have them provide proper identification. Always stay within the confines of your destination, don’t wander around.
2. Never leave home without letting someone know where you’re going.
You should never leave home without letting someone know where you’re going. Ensure that you provide the exact location to someone before you leave out. Let them know your mode of transportation, what you’re going there to do, and the expected time of your arrival at that location. It’s also wise to take a photo of yourself before leaving out.
3. Keep your cell phone on and fully charged.
Ensure that your cell phone is always on and fully charged. Turn on the location icon if you have a smartphone.
4. Dress normal
Leave all your expensive jewelry at home. Try to dress as light as possible. Don’t make yourself a target for pickpockets. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry, particularly gold, especially when walking in areas with high pedestrian traffic. Ensure that you have sufficient cash, including an emergency amount. Know the preferred method of payment at the destination that you’re going to.
You wouldn’t want to travel with an excessive amount of cash, and you wouldn’t want to be at a location that doesn’t accept cards. If you must travel with cash, ensure that all your cash isn’t at the same place. Don’t keep it all in your purse or bag. Find another discreet location of your choice or an inside pocket on your person where you can hide some cash.
5. Be mindful of taxis.
If you must travel via taxi, ensure that the driver has proper identification that is visible. A photo ID and route number for the taxi. Please check to see if the driver’s face matches what is on the photo. Do take a photo of the license number, route number, and photo ID of the driver and send that information to someone at home. Never enter unmarked taxis.
6. Take note of your surroundings.
Avoid walking in large crowds, talking to random people, and talking on your cell phone, unless it’s something important. Always keep your eyes and ears on the alert. Be extremely mindful of the Snatch-And-Grab attack, this is where a person on a motorbike (either rider or passenger) grabs a phone, purse, or bag out of your hands as he rides past.
Avoid listening to music through your earphones. If you must have a conversation try to use your earphones or Bluetooth, instead of holding your cell phone in the open. Always keep your bag or purse in front of you, so that you may see it at all times. Ensure that they’re secured firmly. A pickpocket could be on the move.
7. Never ask strangers for direction.
If it so happens that you feel a little lost. The best thing to do is to reach out to the person that you’re going to meet. Never ask a stranger for directions. If you’re not able to reach the person in time. Check to see if there are any police officers in view, or call home to let someone know what is happening.
8. Ensure that you have sufficient time to make it home before dark.
If you’re not going to stay overnight. Ensure that whatever you’re going to do will allow you sufficient time to get home before it’s dark. The last thing you’d want to do is to be at a strange location after hours.
9. Let someone know that you’ve arrived.
The moment you’ve reached your destination. Call home to let someone know that you have arrived safely.
10. Let someone know when you’re about to depart.
Remember to call home to let someone know that you’re about to depart. Let them know who you are traveling with and the approximate time of your arrival. If you traveling in a taxi, take the relevant information of the driver (photo ID, license number, route number, etc.) and send it home. If you’re driving in your vehicle, ensure that the safety locks are down, never stop for a stranger.
When you’re traveling to a new location by yourself:
Please conduct your research. Make sure that you’re not traveling to an area that is known for violent crimes.
Take note of landmarks, in case you get lost.
Never take direction from strangers.
Never travel in unmarked taxis. Ensure that the taxi is registered, the driver has visible photo identification that matches their identity. Take a photo of the license number, and route number, and send it to someone at home.
Let someone know exactly where you’re going, and the approximate time you should be at the location. Provide the correct name, phone number, and address of the person(s) you’re going to meet.
Be mindful of your surroundings. Look out for pickpockets!
Take extra cash in case of an emergency.
Call home after arriving and departing your destination.
Stay within the confines of your destination, don’t wander about.
If you’re going for an interview. Ensure that the business is registered with a known government body.
Every one of us at some point in our lifetime has dealt with rejection or will experience rejection. I’ve experienced rejection at different ages and stages of my life, some were easy to maneuver, but others took a toll on my mental health. A rejection could be a promotion that you were overlooked for. A job offer that you were turned down on. A crush who doesn’t feel the same way that you do. A business or marriage proposal that got denied. A relationship that you’ve always wanted with your parents, but couldn’t have. A lifestyle change, etc. Rejection can cause deep emotional hurt to the person who feels rejected. It can lower their self-esteem, make them withdrawn, depressed, or worst case scenario they can become violent.
Growing up, we weren’t taught how to handle rejection. This wasn’t something that was taught to us at home or school. I can’t recall any instance where my parents or teachers from infant through high school spoke about the matter of rejection. We knew exactly what the feeling was, but we didn’t know how to handle it. For me, I would either cry, replay the situation in my head, or just allow myself to experience a prolonged period of sadness. I did this for years, but it didn’t work.
Not knowing how to process rejection has caused me to feel unloved, unworthy, unwanted, and bitter. All these feelings severely affected my self-worth. Feeling constantly rejected will make you think that, something is wrong with you. You’re not good enough, and you’re not deserving of whatever it is that you’re seeking after. The hardest part about not knowing how to handle rejection is; you can become confined to these negative thoughts, and they can seriously impact your adult life.
Self-discovery and my Christian faith have allowed me to overcome the majority of the negative feelings brought on by rejection in my adult life. Each of us needs to know our true worth. When you know your true worth, there isn’t anyone who can convince you otherwise. The foundation of my self-discovery was birthed from a series of events that I had to overcome in my adult life: betrayal, heartbreak, and emotional trauma.
During these difficult moments, it felt as though all hope was lost. It was hard! Not physically but mentally. There were times when I wish I could trade the emotional pain for a physical wound. At least a pain killer would suppress the pain. Mentally, I had to keep picking myself up and dusting myself off. These events formed the nucleus of the resilience I have today. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” Bob Marley
Below I’ll share three important lessons that I’ve learned from rejection.
1. Don’t be too sure about anything.
I remember an internal interview that I had done. It was by far one of the best interviews I’ve ever done. There wasn’t an ounce of uncertainty within my mind that I wouldn’t be selected for the post. I waited for a few months to hear back about the offer. The day finally came when I received an email informing me that I was unsuccessful.
I was so broken from the contents of the email, I could hardly believe my eyes. The hurt I felt from that interview made me realize how much we sometimes create our fairytale world without ever thinking about the possibility that things may work out differently. That interview was an eye-opener for me. Nothing in life is ever certain. Sometimes not even our best is good enough!
2. Your destiny isn’t sealed in rejection.
There are many times when God has bigger plans for our lives. A disappointment is sometimes His way of telling us that He has something better in store for us. A rejection does not mean that you’re not good enough, or you’re not deserving of that which you desire. People will see no further than they allow themselves to. Don’t feel as though you’re not good enough when you are rejected by your family, friends, work, etc.
Not everyone possesses the ability to see your true worth. That’s not your fault. Keep working on yourself. Too often we try to prove ourselves to people who had no faith in us from the get-go. When you know what you’re truly worth you don’t need to convince anyone, you show them. Your destiny is not sealed in a rejection. It’s only a roadblock, not the end of your life. Keep your head up and get on with your life.
3. Don’t live your life off the validation of others.
Rejection can occur at any age or stage in life. Both the rich and poor have experienced rejection of some sort. Many people thrive on the validation of others. They’ll do anything to earn the approval of others. Their entire life is centered on how others feel about them.
You can’t force anyone to love you if they don’t. Sad to say, loved ones included. You can’t change how someone thinks about you. People will always see you through their perspective. You can’t make people say good things about you all the time. Some will love you, others won’t. Don’t try to be a people pleaser, you’ll never win.
A rejection isn’t always about you. Sometimes it has nothing to do with you not being good enough, or your race, color, class, or creed. Yes, your feelings will get hurt, and you will experience those negative emotions brought on by rejection. Remember, people have insecurities that they contend with. Sometimes it’s easier to pass those negative feelings on to others rather than facing them. If you’re feeling rejected. It doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough. To the right person, you’ll always be good enough, but the wrong person will never see your true worth.
Your destiny is never sealed in a rejection.
You can’t control what people will think or say about you. Don’t live your life off other people’s validation.
Self-discovery is one of the most important journeys that you could ever take in life.
How do you handle rejection? Share your thoughts in the comments.
We are sometimes the greatest threat to ourselves. Many times we focus onall the external factors that have been causing us to lose focus on ourselves, but we haven’t thought about turning the spotlight on ourselves. We are guilty as charged, for not loving ourselves wholeheartedly. For always placing ourselves on the backburner. For suppressing our happiness, dignity, and peace of mind, so we can fit into places and spaces that aren’t accommodative to our emotional, spiritual, and physical health.
They say, sometimes you’ve got to lose yourself to find yourself. Maybe, there’s some truth to that, because life does get bumpy at times. But you shouldn’t have to lose yourself to please everyone else. It’s a price you can’t afford. It doesn’t matter how hard you’ve worked, you can never pay that debt.
Often times we get so scared about not wanting to disappoint the same people who couldn’t care less about whether we’re dead or alive. The same persons whose feelings we’ve placed on a pedestal keep trampling on ours. Have you been wondering why you’re so unhappy? Why you’re not at peace? Maybe, you have been pretending to be who you’re not all your life. You can only be yourself, whether the world approves it or not. Stop losing yourself to please everyone else!
“From all I learned about life, you can’t lose yourself in others to discover yourself. You will get lost forever.” ― Chinonye J. Chidolue
“You are the only one capable of loving you the way you deserve to be loved. The only hero that will save you is you, you are everything that you need, If you would only take the time to invest in getting to know yourself, not through outside lenses, but by finding your quiet place within and learning the language of your soul.” ― Micheline Jean Loui
“Don’t ruin your life over somebody else’s foolishness. If they want to leave, let them leave! Manipulating, begging, or coercing someone to stay with you is an insult to SELF. Have confidence in yourself! Know your worth! Take a stand for YOU. You deserve to be loved, respected, and appreciated by someone who’s genuinely in love with you. It may hurt to let go, but trying to force someone to stay with you is more damaging than you realize. It’s VERY unhealthy. Set Yourself Free! Be a Priority to Yourself!” ― Stephanie Lahart
Who cares about what they think. Do what makes you feel alive and make every minute of your life count.” ― Kiran Bisht
“It is not the world’s job to like you; it is yours to love yourself.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“We attract all the right things and right people into our life When we accept and give permission to ourselves to be completely who we are, wherever we are.” ― Mimi Novic
“Never make another person’s emotional or physical needs more important than your own.” ― Germany Kent
“Never again, would I use someone’s approval as a thermometer for my self-worth.” ― Jacqueline Simon Gunn
“The most important person you can be kind to is yourself.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“Other people will not always see our worth the way we wish they would. Sometimes our own loved ones won’t be able to compute our true value. That doesn’t mean you are of less value or worth. It means that they’re unable to see you for the amazing wonder that you are and that’s their loss.” ― Stalina Goodwin
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Saint Francis de Sales
“When admiring other people’s gardens, don’t forget to tend to your own flowers.” ― Sanober Khan
“You will trip up and fall sometimes. It doesn’t take away from how great you are. You will not always say the right thing. It doesn’t revoke the light within you.” ― Stalina Goodwin
“You can’t put your heart into everything; you’ve just got to show up. And if your heart is worn all over you, then so be it, but you can’t pull it out of you and put it in places, or put it in people’s hands. Because you are like this wild and quiet and laughing thing and people are like things that stand there and don’t understand what’s going on; so when you put your heart into things like that, you’re going to feel either stupid, or very hurt, or both. And it’s not people’s fault that they are just standing there. I mean, you’re the different one; they’re not different; they’re all the same.” ― C. JoyBell C.
“Don’t allow anyone to shame you with your life story. Walk in your truth knowing that you are the better because of it. It is because of all the things you’ve been through that you are able to be who you are today.” ― Stalina Goodwin
“Respect, Love, and Value yourself. Always remember to be good to yourself by taking care of yourself. Make yourself a priority and know that it’s okay. Don’t feel guilty for loving yourself, first! You’re just as important as anybody else.” ― Stephanie Lahart
“Value yourself because you are special. Appreciate yourself because you are unique. Cherish yourself because you are exceptional. Love yourself because you are YOU!” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“Go above and beyond for yourself! You do it for family, friends, and colleagues, but don’t forget about YOU. It’s important to include yourself… You are worthy of your own kindness, too!” ― Stephanie Lahart
“You use up everything you’ve got trying to give everybody what they want.” ― Nina Simone
“Don’t forget to appreciate yourself.” ― Debasish Mridha
“Have patience with all things. But, first of all with yourself.” ― Francis de Sales
“If you don’t have time for yourself, everything you might be doing is a waste of time.”
― Hiral Nagda
“Don’t lose yourself trying to be everything to everyone.” ― Tony Gaskins
“Love yourself unconditionally and you will inspire the world.” ― Purvi Ranig
“When you feel like you have never been loved so deeply. Well, you must start to love yourself more than anyone else.” ― Dido Stargaze
“You don’t have to love yourself in muttered whispers while loving everyone else with a megaphone.” ― Jasmine Farrell
“You can only love people at the level you love yourself.” ― Germany Kent
“Only you can make the decision for what you believe your worth is and that will determine how you allow other people to treat you.” ― Germany Kent
“Don’t compromise. If you don’t get the type of person you desire. If you don’t get the kind of person whom you may love. Then don’t settle for someone else.” ― Avijeet Das
“Life is so beautiful when you have someone to share it with. But it’s more beautiful when you find happiness in yourself while alone.” ― Marion Bekoe
“I rarely do what is expected of me, not to cause a reaction but to please myself rather than others.” ― Marion Bekoe
“If the person in your life can’t love you more than you love yourself, you’re better off alone. You can definitely love yourself more.” ― Marion Bekoe
“Don’t lose yourself in the process of caring for others. Don’t overdo it as if you don’t need any care to give to yourself. It’s true, you are special too!”― Israelmore Ayivor
“Don’t lose yourself trying to hold onto someone who doesn’t care about losing you.― K. Bromberg,
“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” ― Mandy Hale
“It’s great if you can help others, but seriously … don’t lose YOURSELF in the process!” ― Karen Gibbs
“People are so worried about being accepted that it causes them to lose themselves and in turn, lose moments.” ― Dominic Riccitello
“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide-open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all the memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” ― Alysha Speer
“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and who we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” ― Brandon Sanderson
“If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful YOU.” ― Mandy Hale,
“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.” ― Mandy Hale
“Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.” ― Mandy Hale
“You can run away from yourself so often, and so much, just because the broken pieces of you cut your feet too deeply if you stay around for too long. But then what if someone were to come along and pick up those pieces for you? Then you wouldn’t have to run away from yourself anymore. You could stop running. If someone sees you as something worth staying with— maybe you’ll stay with yourself, too.” ― C. JoyBell C.
“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” ― Germany Kent
“Don’t worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself.” ― Jason Evert
“You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else will follow.” ― Charles de Lint
“People who fit don’t seek. The seekers are those that don’t fit.” ― Shannon L. Alder
“When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“Find yourself first…like yourself first…love yourself FIRST…& friendship & love will naturally find YOU.” ― Mandy Hale
“You know who you are you just have to believe it.” ― Elizabeth Scott
“Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to go and who you need to be.” ― Mandy Hale
“Finding oneself and one’s path is like waking up on a foggy day. Be patient, and presently the fog will clear and that which has always been there can be seen. The path is already there to follow” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Figure out what makes you laugh, and do more of it. Figure out what makes you cry, and do less of it.” ― Mandy Hale
“Find out who you are and then follow your heart” ― Kujtim Retkoceri
“It is better to be alone than to become a person that loses his soul to the fear of loneliness.” ― Shannon L. Alder
“Make yourself your role model, because people who do not have qualities depend on the qualities of others to shape their own qualities.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
“You go and find who you really are, and don’t let anyone stop you.” ― Diana Wynne Jones
“A road need not be paved in gold to find treasures at its end.” ― Alan Brennert
“We find ourselves only by looking to what we’re not.” ― Paul Auster
“Perhaps we are all shells, but some of us have found the pearls inside, and this makes all the difference!” ― C. JoyBell C.
“Walk your own path and be yourself” ― Joanne Nussbaum
“Find the right paths for your journey. Travel along these paths to your final destination.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
“Each new day brings new opportunities. You have to search to be able to find these opportunities.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
“Without adversity, we never find who we are.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita,
“If you want to live within the definition of your own truth, you have to choose to go through the painful process of finding it.” ― David Levithan
“I had to lose my mind to find myself, and when I found myself, my mind returned.” ― Sanjo Jendayi
“Sometimes that which you have never lost is the hardest to find.” ― Iva Kenaz,
Love yourself in such a way, you never lose yourself in any instance.” ― Giridhar Alwar
“Never underestimate the fact that loving others is a choice but loving yourself is a responsibility. ” ― Germany Kent
“Some people may either love you or hate you. But you should never convince anyone to love you!” ― Avijeet Das
One of the most disheartening things for me to watch is people waking up every day to do something that is draining every ounce of their happiness. Many of us have become so accustomed to surviving that we forget how to live. What will it take for you to make a move? What will it take for you to remove yourself from that which you know isn’t right for you? Will you wait until life pushes you over the edge where you’ll either have to release the parachute or die?
We’ll never experience many of the things we hope for in life unless we change our mindset. Unless we change our focus from backward to forward. Unless we change the environment that we are in. Unless we get serious about making the boldest move of our life. We’ll continuously remain in unhealthy situations. Nothing will change unless we do. Faith without works is dead!
How about you make that move now. It’s time to claim your greatness. It’s time to pull away from everyone and everything that has been stifling your true potential. It’s time to dare the limits of your comfort zone, above and beyond.
This is your call. You can no longer wait for someone else to speak on your behalf. You can no longer wait for someone else to rev their engine, so you can join the bandwagon. You can no longer wait to be spoon-fed. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” ― Adrienne Rich
“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.” ― Louise L. Hay
“Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet with a smile on your face in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you.” ― J.Z. Colby, Journey
“People never know what they are capable of until all other options run out.” ― Lance Conrad,
“Our authentic power is found in our truth. This is the place that shows us how to give what is so very good about ourselves.” ― Jeanne McElvaney
“So few people listen to their own voice because they are taught not to trust it. We are encouraged to adopt others’ ideas, thoughts, beliefs, all the while never developing and believing in our own. We inevitably give up our personal power in favor of one less than our own.” ― Tripsy South
“People who don’t know the power of their mind shall only have power without power” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
“Those who seek power somewhere outside rather than within themselves should carefully look at the volcanoes! All the power is within you! And all you have to do is take it out!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
“Each breath you take holds the potential for a thousand miracles.” ― Abhijit Naskar,
“No power we can give them is greater than that which they already have. If they cannot discover this themselves, then there is no help we can provide.” ― Emory R. Frie
“You have a lot more power than you are giving yourself credit for. Please embrace it.” ― Queen Tourmaline
“Do not wait for the green light. You are the green light.” ― Dr. Jacinta Mpalyenkana
“When we get comfortable with our own strength, discomfort changes shape. We remember our power.” ― Jen Knox,
“As you get comfortable revealing who you are, you help others stop fearing and concealing the magical feelings of who they are.” ― Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Giving up on your dreams because it’s getting harder is like stopping to paddle your boat in the midst of strong winds: you shall drown.” ― Dr. Jacent Mpalyenkana
“Tackle problems with purity of personal power,” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
“The only person who qualifies to decide on which goal you should or shouldn’t pursue is the one who feels it in your heart; YOU” ― Dr. Jacent Mpalyenkana
“Ultimately, and this is where true power lies: no one can cast you out of the home in your heart.” ― Vanessa Osage,
“Your power to choose can never be taken from you. It can be neglected and it can be ignored. But if used, it can make all the difference.” ― Steve Goodier
“There is a great change to be experienced once you learn the power of letting go. Stop allowing anyone or anything to control, limit, repress, or discourage you from being your true self! Today is YOURS to shape – own it – break free from people and things that poison or dilute your spirit.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Remember, NO ONE has the right to control your emotions, thoughts, and actions unless you let them.” ― Kevin J. Donaldson
“Change your focus, give power to the positive and starve the negative. We reduce our inner wisdom to think with logic that’s been instilled in us whilst expecting miraculous results. Retrain the core issue and the pathway will build itself.” ― Nikki Rowe
“Organizing your emotions reclaims your power over any given drama. Nothing is stronger than your own mind.” ― Jennifer Elisabeth
“Re-claim your power, don’t you dare shrink your worth for someone else’s glory. They’ll attempt to sabotage your greatness but it is you that will feel the aftermath of your unwritten story.” ― Nikki Rowe
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi,
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ― Toni Morrison
“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.” ― Jon Krakauer
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ― Steve Maraboli,
“You just can’t let life happen to you, you have to make life happen.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
“Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.” ― Michael A. Singer
“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.” ― Rich DeVos
“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.” ― Steve Maraboli
“There always comes a time in life where you can either give up or step up.” ― Graeme Rodaughan
“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ― Stephen King,
“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” ― Steve Maraboli,
“Once you embrace your value, talents, and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.” ― Rob Liano
“Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can” ― Martha Graham
“God did not create you to fail!” ― Tommy Coletta
“The need to prove who you are will vanish once you know who you are.” ― Danielle Pierre,
“If you care about what people think about you, you will end up being their slave. Reject and pull your own rope.” ― Auliq Ice
“Positive belief in yourself will give you the energy needed to conquer the world and this belief is the power behind all creation.” ― Stephen Richards,
“Renewal of mind, the revival of spirit.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita,
“A belief in yourself is powerful enough to turn you into a world leader while self-doubt and self-pity are powerful enough to turn you into a street loiterer” ― Nicky Verd
“No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.” ― Maeve Greyson
“We may not be able to control life’s circumstances, but we always have a choice about how we use our minds to respond to them.” ― Elaine Moran
“Learn from the past, but don’t live in the past.” ― Steve Maraboli
You’re only getting one shot at this. So, shoot your best shot! Life is inherently short. Whichever way we want to look at it, our time on earth will come to an end soon. Many have been asking the question, how do I live my life to the fullest. Should I travel the world? Spend more time with my loved ones. Get a well-paid job, so I can live comfortably or just party and have fun.
Whatever you choose to do, every day you have less time to do so. Before your time on earth expires, and you’re ushered six feet beneath the dirt. Live your life!
For every minute that you’re alive. Someone else is taking their last breath on earth. Be grateful for the breath that is within your body. Give God thanks for each moment that you’re alive. Treasure these precious moments and use them wisely.
Spend quality time with your loved ones. Make good memories. Laugh while you can. Forgive yourself and others. Let nothing steal your joy. Give good energy to the universe. Most importantly, put God first in everything that you do. For in him we live, and move, and have our being.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Life is a precious gift.
Your life is yours. God gave you this precious gift. Stop living your life as though it doesn’t belong to you. No one can live your life for you. It is your race to run. It is your mountain to climb. It is your mile to walk. It’s your story to tell, through the very end.
Enjoy the view.
When I’m traveling to the country, I enjoy sitting in the back. There, I get to enjoy the wonders of nature. Crisp mountain air, cattle grazing, and lush green trees. They roll by in a flash. When you’re in the driver’s seat, you don’t get to enjoy the view that much.
Our lives are exactly like that. The days roll by in a flash. Sometimes we’re so focused on the things that we want to achieve. We never leave the driver’s seat. When was the last time you stepped away from your office desk to feel the wind on your skin? When was the last time you rolled down your window and glanced at the beautiful sunset? When was the last time you filled your lungs with some clean morning air? Don’t be so busy that you forget to enjoy the view. Nature is filled with breathtaking scenes. They go by in a flash!
Be authentic in everything that you do. Be a real friend. Treat everyone with respect. Apologize when you have wronged others. Take responsibility for your actions. Never defraud anyone.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1
Put your creativity to work.
Stop feeling as if life is your fairy godmother. Don’t live the life of a wishful thinker. I’m waiting for a miracle. I hope something good happens today. What will you do if none of these happen? Will you mope around saying life sucks? Don’t wait around for opportunities to come beating at your door. Create them for yourself. Put your brain to work.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Live a life less scripted.
Don’t expect everything to fall into place, they won’t. Some days you’ll walk with your head high as if you’re on top of your game. Some days the pressures of life will beat you down. You won’t have it all panned out. Life doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t have a remote control. You can’t flip through and delete the scenes that you don’t like. So, take control of what you can. You can experience each moment. You can choose to pause and reflect. You can learn from your past mistakes and you can keep moving forward.
Allow time to run its course.
Anticipating what tomorrow brings only adds more stress to your life. It will lead you to overthink and create scenarios of situations that aren’t likely to happen. Why are you inviting next week into today? Why are you inviting next year into this year? Allow time to take its course. You don’t need to invite tomorrow’s worries into today. Center your thoughts on the now. Stay in the here and now!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Take great care of yourself.
You have a duty to take great care of yourself. Everything that concerns you should be your priority. Keep your body and mind in good shape. There are people and things that are detrimental to your well-being. Guard yourself against them. Self-care is the best care.
Never be a copycat.
Being original is always worth more than a copy. Don’t try to be a spin-off version of someone else. You can only be yourself. You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing. Don’t settle for a wanna-be. Be the original that stands out. It’s okay to be different!
We all have energy vampires that we wrestle with every day. They’re on social media, at work, school, and home of all places. It’s challenging to live and cope with family members who offer nothing but a toxic living environment. Pack your bags and leaving isn’t always an option. So, how do you deal with a toxic family member that you have to live with? Having been around several toxic family members, I’ll share a few tips with you.
1. Don’t try to fix them.
The more you know about people the easier it is for you not to judge them wrongfully. Your family member being mean to you could be a result of their shortcomings. Disappointment, hurt, childhood trauma, unforgiveness, etc. Some people find it easier to project their insecurities onto others to avoid dealing with them.
That family member who’s emitting toxic energy into your life; what kind of childhood did they have? Was it a good one? Did they have a healthy relationship with their parents? Did they have a difficult time making friends? Did they experience any major loss in their life?
While there is no justifiable reason to mistreat another person. Hurt people, hurt people! What you’re getting from your family member could be a projection of the hurt that they have been carrying for years. They are using their limitations to make your life a living hell. It has nothing to do with you. You’re just a scapegoat. It’s all about them. They need to fix themselves. You can’t do that for them.
2. Share your visions and dreams with people who believe in you.
People will only see what they want to see in you. If they believe that you possess the ability to only do A. There’s no point convincing them that you can go from A to Z. A toxic family member will kill your creative spirit. Don’t expect them to support your visions and dreams. Surround yourself with people who will uplift your spirit. You can also read uplifting books, pray to God, or listen to inspirational stories of people who overcame hardships in their lives. You can find hundreds of uplifting stories on Youtube and Facebook watch.
3. Limit the attention that you give to them
You can’t change people’s attitudes toward you, but you can control how you respond to them. They need your attention. They want you to listen. They want you to focus on them. They want you to believe that what they’re saying about you is true. Toxic people want you to communicate with them. They want you to hear them out. Whether it’s through an argument, a family dinner, or a decision.
Choose your conversations wisely. If you don’t need to have a conversation with them, don’t. If having a conversation with them creates an argument, walk away. You may not be able to completely cut off a toxic family member, but you can limit the attention that you give to them. Spend more time focusing on yourself and your unique abilities. They can only take your attention if you give it to them. Don’t give it to them!
I remember watching my two baby nephews playing together. Their faces shone like fireflies and the house was filled with the sweetest laughter. I loved the way they chuckled at each other. But a sudden feeling of uneasiness came over me. I knew that before long they would be separated, and I wondered how they would feel without each other. I made mention of the matter to my brother. I told him that his son would cry when my other nephew isn’t around.
His response left me dumbfounded. He told me that his son knows how to enjoy his own company. So, my other nephew’s absence would never deter his happiness. It was something to think about. Many of us have been asking ourselves this question. How can I be happy alone? We have hinged our happiness on other people and our worse fear is, can we ever be happy without them?
Happiness is an inside job. It is your responsibility to find the key to your happiness and keep it. This doesn’t have to feel like rocket science or searching for a needle in a haystack. Don’t convince yourself that this is too much work for you, so someone else should take on the job. No one knows you better than you do. You have been living with yourself all your life. The people in your life can only add to your happiness; they can never make you truly happy. Below I’ll share a few tips with you.
1. Happiness isn’t the absence of problems.
People who are happy with their lives aren’t people without problems. Happiness is a temporary emotion. Those who are happy do experience, sadness, grief, pain, and loss. Even to the greatest extent. If you’re waiting for a time in your life, where there isn’t a problem, and you can finally be happy, then your wait is in vain. Life is filled with the inevitable. Your happiness is threatened by so many things that are beyond your control. Inflation, natural disasters, joblessness, tragedies in the news, etc.
All these are everyday happenings across the globe, yet some people manage to balance the chaos of their daily lives and that of the world, and they are truly happy. The key to finding this kind of happiness isn’t waiting for all the chaos to disappear, in fact, it never will. By tomorrow you’ll hear that many more lives are lost in war-stricken countries and millions are still living in poverty. But amidst the chaos of everyday life, you should still strive to be happy.
What is it that makes you feel liberated? Singing, dancing, painting, jogging, reading, writing, etc. Dedicate more of your time to those things. What is it that leaves you feeling drained, even if you think about it? Social media, news reports, tabloids, etc. Give little to none of your attention to those things.
2. Find your inner child.
Like my baby nephews. We all have an inner child within us. Find the inner child within you. What is it that truly brings joy to your heart? For some people, happiness is about spending quality time with their loved ones, hanging out with friends, going out for ice cream, a movie, or spending a day at the park.
Sure, these are fun things to do, but you can still be happy within the confines of your home if you live alone and you aren’t an outgoing person. You could read a book, play some soothing music, do some art and craft, cook a healthy meal, or simply sit on your floor and reflect on some happy moments in your life. There are times when I reminisce on my childhood; those memories truly make me happy.
3. Appreciate the little things.
You don’t need a lot to be happy. An attitude of gratitude will always make you happy. You may not have all that you’d hope for, but you can still be appreciative of what you have. Gratitude is a constant reminder of how fortunate you are to have all that you’ve been blessed with. Gratitude will always find a reason for you to be thankful. Ingratitude does the opposite. It’s a constant reminder of what you don’t have. This often leads to stress and depression. If you want to be happier in life, find more things that you are appreciative of, both great or small.
“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”— Princess Diana“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”— Maya Angelou“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” –Unknown
Many of us have been caring more about others for the longest while. It brings me much sadness the more I reflect on it. Having watched so many people being treated like crap by the very persons they have devoted their life to serving. Quite often, we invest our time and energy into people who don’t possess the ability to reciprocate what we have given them. Whatever their reasons are, justifiable or not. That’s just the way life is. Not everyone is appreciative of good things, and you can’t expect the right things from the wrong people.
Sometimes it seems as though, no one cares that you’re hurting. That you have feelings too. That you’re a human like everyone else, or that you even exist. People may not feel obliged to care about you, but you owe it to yourself to care about yourself.
“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause. You deserve a break.”―Akiroq Brost
What do you do first when you’re up in the mornings? How much of that time is spent doing things for yourself? Maybe, you haven’t even thought about this question until now. If you’re a mother you’re up a few hours early to get breakfast ready for the family. The next thing on your list is to get the children up. Help them get dressed, make their beds, and get them ready for school. By the time you’re through with getting everyone else ready and cleaning up their mess. You barely have a few minutes to settle down, eat your breakfast, and get dressed for work.
The day has just started and you’re already tired. The cycle continues in the evenings. You rush to get home, make dinner, help the children with their homework, and get them ready for bed. By the time you’re through, you’re half asleep on the couch. So, you started the day tired and you’re ending it super tired, and you’ll continue like this for years. While nothing is wrong with caring for others and fulfilling their needs. We should never forget that it is also our duty to attend to our individual needs.
“Our lives are so busy, and for many of us, the demands are overwhelming. Some of us focus so much on the needs of others, we lose sight of ourselves. Stop, for one moment. Take a deep breath. Be still. Refocus. Concentrate on improving your life. One situation at a time. You can’t be much good to others if you’re no good to yourself. If they love you, they’ll understand.”— Carlos Wallace
Your needs are just as important as your spouse’s, children’s, parents’, friends’, colleagues’, etc. The best person to care for you is you. No one else will ever come close to doing that job as good as you. It is your responsibility to take the very best care of yourself. Your self-care isn’t an option, it’s a priority. You should never assign that role to anyone else. Unless it’s a situation where you’re not able to care for yourself, due to an illness or a disability.
Too often, we prioritize the needs of others and silence the pitiful pleas that our bodies are screaming at us. It’s time to take a break. It’s time to sleep. It’s time to sit in solitude and relax. It’s time to escape the noise for a while. It’s is time to spend some quality time alone. We make every effort to ensure that everyone else is taken care of and neglect ourselves.
Is it bad to care about others more than yourself? Yes. Your needs are as important as everyone else’s. If you keep depriving your body and mind of the care that they need. One day you’ll either have a mental or physical breakdown, or both.
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”– Mandy Hale
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. ” – Christopher Germer
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield
Here are my top five self-care tips.
Value your emotions. All of them are important.
Stop investing your time and energy into people who disregard your sacrifices. Spend more time with people who appreciate having you around.
Listen to your body. Spend quality time with yourself. Take a social media detox. Rest. Read a good book. Eat healthily and exercise. Pray and meditate.
Spend more time with people who value and respect you.
Live in the present. Let go of things that you can’t control. Pursue peace.
In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain the old pain. Unknown
“Never make another person’s emotional or physical needs more important than your own.” ― Germany Kent
I remember how sick I became from my anxiety. This wasn’t something that I remember experiencing in the early years of my life. So, why was I having these feelings now? Nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, the fear of a heart attack, and the possibility that I will not make it through the next day. Where were all these coming from?
I knew exactly where they were coming from. I knew what was creating the triggers, but I honestly wasn’t prepared to handle it just yet. I stood between a rock and a hard place; thinking whether I should move, or just stay there and get crushed. I knew I had to do something because my life depended on it, but I wasn’t ready.
I realized that the primary reason for my anxiety was my own fear of things that weren’t my doing. I wanted to be the shield for the consequences of my loved ones’ irresponsibility, and it was slowly destroying my mental health. I found myself absorbing stress from situations that they had knowingly placed themselves in. I made it my responsibility to worry about the consequences of their actions.
I was too concerned about things that weren’t a bother to them. I was too busy worrying about what the results of their actions would be when they didn’t give a care in the world. I appointed myself to a position that they had not given to me. They didn’t want me worrying about them, yet I constantly did.
“There is no point of hurting ourselves with stress for others actions, best relief is to learn to let go if it cannot be changed even after trying.” ― Tonmoy Acharjee
That was the wake-up call for me. I knew I had to stop doing this to myself. I knew I had to find a way to prevent the triggers from going off, and the only way was to start caring more about my feelings. For a while, I’ve been carrying a burden that wasn’t mine. It was time to lay it down and walk away.
If you find yourself worrying over someone who doesn’t respect your feelings; then one day you’ll come to the realization that it isn’t doing you any good. The arguing back and forth, unnecessary stress, puffy eyes from crying are just not worth it. I’ve come to that realization. You can’t love anyone more than yourself. You can’t make people care about your feelings if they don’t want to.
I had a deep conversation with myself and I asked the question. Why do you keep doing this to yourself? The moment of truth finally came. It was all in my hands. I didn’t have to worry so much. I didn’t have to toss and turn in my sleep. I didn’t have to entertain these feelings of anxiety. I didn’t have to watch my emotional health deplete any further; if I stopped worrying about people who don’t care about my feelings.
Sometimes the same person who you’ve put your best foot out for; walks all over it. The same person you’ve given your all; takes it for granted. Yet, you’d still continue to make these sacrifices and call it love. This isn’t love; it’s self-destruction. Why do you keep doing this to yourself?
It isn’t easy to tell ourselves that the person(s) who we love so much, doesn’t care about us. It’s not easy to admit the fact; even with the obvious signs. It isn’t easy to walk away when you’ve invested so much. The memories don’t just die. They linger on. You see them at night. You feel them in the silent tears that roll off your cheeks. There are little reminders in every day that goes by.
But there comes a time when we have to realize that what we’re fighting for isn’t fighting back for us. So, it’s time to let it go. We must learn to break free from people who continue to trifle with our feelings. Too often we try to invent ways to show them how much we care about them. Even with all our failed efforts, we still continue to try. As hard as it is, there comes a time when we have to stop caring so much about people who don’t care about us.
One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul. Brigitte Nicole
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living.” ― Annie Dillard
“Habits stay with you even when you don’t have the motivation.” ― Neeraj Agnihotri
“Nothing is stronger than habit.” ― Ovid
Maybe the reason why many of our plans fail is that we start them off too big. In everything small steps are important. That is why we chew our food in tiny bits before we swallow. That’s is why a ladder has multiple rungs for us to move one step at a time to not lose our balance. Take note of the small details in your life. They’ll make a huge difference in whether you fail or succeed in what you’re doing. Here are 5 small daily habits that will gradually change your life for the better.
1. Say a little prayer every day.
Prayer is the key that unlocks heaven’s doors. It’s the single most important activity to start and end every day. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or eloquent. ”In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Mahatma Gandhi. The more you pray about your situations in life. The more courage you’ll gather each day to match each challenge that life throws at you.
2. Replace swear words with non-swear words.
We are all tempted to swear in one way or the other. There are times when everything is just off, and nothing seems to be going right. For many of us, swearing is our way of lashing out at the problems that we’re having. To be honest, swearing doesn’t solve problems. I’ve noticed that the more people swear the angrier they become and that only makes the situation worse.
A good way to reduce your swear words is by replacing them with other appropriate non-swear words. The more you do this the less you’ll become prone to swear when you’re bombarded with difficult situations. Another thing that you can do when you’re tempted to swear is play a happy song, take a deep breath, or take a few moments to clear your head. Maybe go for a walk, or sit somewhere quiet.
3. Journal your thoughts.
It can be challenging at times to maintain a diary. There are times when we’re just too busy to make an entry. A good way to record your thoughts is to use the notepad on your smartphone. It’s more convenient than having to walk around with your physical diary. You can write a little thought when you’re at work, stuck in traffic, or wherever you are. On days when you’re low, you could do a little reflection on some of the things that you have written. They will help you to feel better.
Making regular journal entries will help you to express yourself better, improve your writing skills, boost your self-confidence, and open your self-awareness. You’ll learn new things about yourself, and discover other talents and skills that you didn’t know you had in you.
4. Keep a gratitude jar.
Make a note of at least one thing that you are thankful for. If you do this daily; by the end of the year, you’ll have 365 things that you’re thankful for, both great and small. The more things you are appreciative of having in your life. The fewer reasons you’ll find to murmur and complain. You’ll find that you’re more at peace with yourself and less stressed.
5. Save your coins.
It might seem a little daunting, but it will eventually pay off in the end. I know quite a few people who have seen great results from their coin collection. I too have a small jar at home that I use to store my coins. They are a lifesaver in emergencies and a great way to fund small investments.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this article. If you keep putting these habits into practice, eventually you’ll see visible changes in your life, and not only yours but the lives of others too. In some way or the other, we inspire each other in ways we don’t even know.
“Sometimes, you have to remove people without warning. We are getting too old to be explaining what they already know they are doing wrong.” — Farrah Gray
Everyone who enters our life is either a blessing or a lesson. Some people are not good for our health. They’re just too costly for our well-being. Many of us have been serving life sentences in relationships that have been draining us for years. It’s high time to part ways with toxic people. Save what’s left of yourself. Life is too short to continue living like this. You know that you deserve much better. It’s time to start living as if you do. Here are seven types of people to let go of in 2022. You may not be able to immediately remove these persons from your environment, but you can try to limit your interactions with them as much as possible.
1. Controlling people who take you for a fool.
You deserve to know the truth. Stop taking the run-around from people. Stop making them think that they can always come to you with their nonsense because you’ll believe anything that they tell you, and leave it at that.
“People may not always tell you how they feel about you, but they will always show you. Pay attention.” — Keri Hilson
2. People who constantly embarrass you in public.
No one has the right to embarrass you in public. Stop allowing people to feel as if it’s okay to shout in your face, dish out their insults, or drag you down in public.
Never make excuses for someone who disrespects you; who they are or what they do isn’t a pass to treat you like trash! – Trent Shelton
3. People who think that you’re not deserving of anything good.
Some people take pleasure in giving the things that they wouldn’t want for themselves to others. Stop allowing people to deposit their waste in your life. Anything that isn’t good enough for them, isn’t good enough for you either. You deserve the best of anything that they’re offering you. Stop accepting junk from people. Your life isn’t a dumpster for other people’s crap! It’s your responsibility to let others know that you deserve only the best. Stop accepting the worst from people.
“I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions, or unnecessary conversations.” — Joquesse Eugenia
4. People who consistently talk you down.
Anyone who takes pleasure in belittling you shouldn’t have a place in your life. They will kill your dreams and aspirations. They will relinquish every ounce of confidence that you have within you. They will annihilate your belief system. Don’t convince yourself that you can just ignore these people. If they’re consistently feeding your thought process with their toxicity, it will eventually consume you.
“Sometimes your dearest friend whom you reveal most of your secrets to becomes so deadly and unfriendly without knowing that they were not your friend.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
5. People who downgrade your emotional health.
We all have our low blows in life. There are times when we’re just falling apart. It’s okay to allow yourself to feel all your emotions. Your feelings matter! It’s not humanly possible to be happy all the time. The world is too messed up for that! Stop allowing people to treat your emotions as though they’re nothing. Stop allowing people to make you feel as if what you’re going through isn’t important, and you’re only doing it out of self-pity for the attention. You don’t need anyone who’ll constantly call you weak if you decide to let some tears flow. You’re only human. Even the strongest amongst us gets tired of being strong sometimes.
“Your emotions make you human. Even the unpleasant ones have a purpose. Don’t lock them away. If you ignore them, they just get louder and angrier.” ― Sabaa Tahir
6. People who want nothing to do with you.
Give people the space that they need. Many times we hold on to people who have made it obvious that they want to part ways with us. Stop trying to keep people who don’t want to be kept. Set them free.
“Growing up means realizing a lot of your friends aren’t your friends.” — Unknown
7. People who care zero about you.
It isn’t hard to tell when someone doesn’t care. Oftentimes their actions are loud and clear. Anyone who truly cares about someone will make every effort to show that person that they do. Many of us are guilty of devoting all our energy to people who couldn’t care less about us. We make it our responsibility to ensure that they’re always doing okay, but they’ve never done the same for us.
“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realized I never had one.” — Unknown
It’s time to start doing all those things that you have been doing for others for yourself. Stop burning yourself to keep others warm. Start prioritizing your self-care in 2022. Reward yourself with the good stuff that you have been doing for people all these years. You only have one life, and no one will ever care for you the way you do. It’s time to evict toxic people from your life.
“I would rather be alone than with people who don’t care.” — Steve Price
“Like arsenic, toxic people will slowly kill you. They kill your positive spirit and play with your mind and emotions. The only cure is to let them go.” — Denisse Lisseth
“Letting go of toxic people in your life is a big step in loving yourself.” — Hussein Nishah
“It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.” ~Doe Zantamata
One morning on my way to school, I had a terrible fall. My knees were badly bruised and I began to cry. A sweet lady took me up from the asphalt, carried me to her house, and she dressed my knees. It has been over twenty years, and I haven’t forgotten how good she was to me that morning. I can still hear her consoling me as she gently nursed my wounds. The moral of the story is, people will always remember how you made them feel.
Sometimes it’s the little things that we do that occupy the biggest part of people’s lives. It could be that you gave someone a glass of water to cool their thirst. Or a word of advice when life had them at rock bottom. The little things that seemed insignificant to you, meant the world for someone else. Many believe that they can only give when they have an abundance, but this shouldn’t be so. You don’t need to offer a person a million dollars, or an expensive makeover to make a huge difference in their life. Surprisingly, a million dollars could make their life far worse.
Many people believe that the key to many of the problems we face is money. They believe that if they can’t offer money, there isn’t anything else that they can do to help. Of course, we shouldn’t ignore the obvious, but there’s more to life than money. So many of us are needing a smile, someone to talk to, a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and someone to show us that they truly care. You can be that person to someone. You can fill that void in someone else’s life.
Money will never fix all of life’s problems. Never withhold an act of kindness because it isn’t a big monetary contribution or something that will make you go viral on social media. You’d be surprised to know the difference that your little act of kindness will make in someone else’s life, forever.
“People will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
Here are 30 ways to be kinder and nicer to others.
1. Respect other people’s boundaries. Stay within your confines. Don’t invade other people’s personal space, or show up where you aren’t invited.
2. Don’t be too quick to spread everything that you hear. Rumors spread faster than the truth.
Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid. Bernard Meltzer
3. Avoid sharing harmful content of others on social media.
4. Hold the door for someone.
5. Offer to buy someone some free groceries or a cup of coffee.
6. Avoid asking people too many personal questions. They’re not obliged to share intimate details of their life with you.
7. Respect other people’s beliefs and opinions.
8. Think before you talk. If you don’t know the facts, be silent. Before you assume that someone is so and so. Take the time to know them a little better.
9. Don’t judge people from past experiences that you’ve had with others. Everyone isn’t the same.
10. Never hurt anyone intentionally. Some people stay broken!
11. Share a smile or compliment someone. Help to brighten someone’s day!
12. Avoid being too nosy or inquisitive. Know when to mind your business!
13. Never downgrade someone because of their job. Janitors are humans too. Keep public facilities clean.
14. Speak kindly of everyone. You can never tell what battle someone else is fighting, or how long they’ve been fighting.
For me, I think one of the biggest battles is mental. You have good days, and you have bad days. Randomly, you’ll feel good for weeks, and then all of a sudden, you’ll have a bad day where you’re sore. And you end up questioning yourself, like, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Why is this so hard?’ Jimmy Graham
15. Share a motivational or inspirational thought with a sick person. Words are medicine too!
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teresa
16. Avoid parking in areas that are designed for the disabled.
17. Avoid shouting in people’s faces. Speak to everyone in a respectful tone.
18. Avoid staring into other people’s phones, or searching through their personal stuff.
19. Assist someone with directions.
20. Assist someone with a job application.
21. Check on your elderly neighbors.
22. Offer to watch your neighbor’s pets while they’re out.
23. Offer to share your lunch with someone. It could be the first meal that they’re having for the day.
24. Offer a word of encouragement. One positive thought can change a person’s life for the better.
25. Make a charitable donation in cash or kind.
26. Plant a tree.
27. Give others a chance to express themselves.
“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” ― The Dalai Lama
28. Don’t laugh at other people’s mistakes. No one likes to feel embarrassed!
29. Visit someone at the hospital or nursing home. Sadly, many people are without loved ones. They don’t get as many visitations and well wishes the way others do.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King
Have you ever invested your precious time and energy into someone or something that you were a hundred percent sure about, but you were left distraught at the last minute? Those heart-wrenching moments when you wish someone would say that it’s only a dream. But you’re stuck in reality, you’re about to get a headache, you feel nauseous, and you need to get on the toilet, now. I’ve been down this road several times.
I thought that many things in my life would work out alright, but they didn’t. I’ll share with you some of the things I do to get past my worst disappointments. Of course, prayer is my main weapon, but most importantly, I choose not to forget the lessons. Working hard towards anything in life, will not stop you from being disappointed.
“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make.” – Charles Stanley
Adapting all the right strategies, will not stop you from being disappointed. Motivation will not stop you from being disappointed either. The reality of life is that nothing is ever certain until it is. If you don’t want to be disappointed too much, keep your expectations at a minimum.
Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom. Sir Boyle Roche
Talking has helped to reduce many of my disappointments. It’s good to have someone who understands how much you’re hurting. Talking to the right person will decrease some of the stress and anxiety. I find that when I talk to a close friend about the issues that I’m having, I leave the conversation with one or more valuable points, and they help me to feel much better. Don’t shoulder it alone. Tell someone how you feel, and exhale!
The strongest people I know have a past filled with chaos, heartbreak, and disappointment. — r.h Sin
2. Detach your emotions.
The longer you hold on to your disappointments. The more you’ll end up hurting yourself. It’s like playing a sad song repeatedly, only to end up crying every time. Instead of rehashing your disappointments. Try a few activities that will help to distract your mind a little. You can go for a walk. Write a journal entry. Try a few breathing exercises. Listen to some inspirational videos. Watch a funny movie or video, etc. Take your focus away from your disappointments. The more you starve them, the less power they’ll have over you. Channel your energy to things that will help to put your mind at ease. More so, things that make you laugh.
One minute of sincere gratitude can wash away a lifetime’s disappointments. – Silvia Hartmann
3. Stop blaming yourself.
If you could find a thousand reasons to blame yourself, what happened is already done, and you can’t turn back the hands of time. Life will throw many things your way. Accept the fact that you’ll be able to handle some of them, but others will just fall from your hands. You don’t possess the ability to control the cycles of life. You’re a human like everyone else, and you’re going to make mistakes. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This too shall pass.
“Every disappointment has compensation if only a person is quiet and ready to wait.” – Anonymous
4. Don’t quit
Disappointments are hard to get past. Especially those that we have invested a lot of our efforts in, but don’t allow them to steal your dreams. We all have our disappointments in life. It won’t be spring all the time. Summer, autumn, and winter will come, but no matter how hard life gets; there’s beauty in every season. Amidst all our disappointments in life, if we look close enough there are blessings too. If it weren’t for the winter, then we wouldn’t know how much we need the sun, and if it weren’t for the drought, we wouldn’t know how much we need the rain. Disappointments are there to remind us that life is filled with the inevitable.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
“Our way is not soft grass; it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.” Ruth Westheimer
Reach out to me if you need anything! How often have you heard that? Many times people speak boldly about what they would do for us. People can say anything with their mouths, whether or not they mean it. The real deal is when the rubber hits the road, and they have to prove themselves.
It’s funny how many of the things that people promised that they will do for us. They never do them when the time comes. Presence doesn’t always mean that someone is available. Having people around doesn’t mean that we’re not alone. You could be seeing someone every day, yet they’re still emotionally absent from your life.
There are times when life takes us through the motions. There are moments when we need someone to connect with on an emotional level. Those trying times when our backs are against the wall, wondering where to turn or who to turn to. Below I’ll share a few things that you can do to help someone who needs your emotional support.
1. Don’t present yourself if you intend to make accusations.
Half the time people are fully aware that they messed up and they’re just facing the repercussions for their actions. Other times, there’s just no explanation for an unexpected turn of events in their lives. Raising accusations or speculations will not make their situations any better. We can either try to help or leave them alone. If we aren’t helping then we’re only hurting.
Some things are deeper than what is shown on the surface. The story is told of Job, in his affliction he had a visitation from his three closest friends. At first, they were silent and mourned with him for some time, but everything changed the moment they began to speak. They accused Job of things that he didn’t do. They spoke as if they knew the exact reason for his suffering. It would have been much better if they weren’t there.
How many times have you found yourself in a similar position as Job? How many times have you been accused of things that you don’t know anything about? It’s painful, isn’t it? Yes, it is. We must be careful not to conclude when we see others suffering. It’s better to remain silent if we don’t know all the details, or shut our mouths if we don’t have anything good to say.
2. Be willing to listen.
There are times when our input isn’t needed. We’re only needed to listen. So many of us fail at doing this. The first thing we choose to do is to talk. Most times we tend to brag about ourselves, and what we would have done if we were in the person’s position, but everyone responds to pain differently. Don’t belittle someone else because they aren’t as strong as you are. Some like to make a mountain out of a molehill; others make a mountain seem like a molehill. In simpler terms, some people are better able to handle their emotions than others. Be more open to listening to someone. Sometimes all they need is a listening ear, nothing else. Just listen!
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
3. This isn’t all about you.
If someone is trying to open up to you about their problems, don’t include yourself too much. If you want to relate a similar story, try not to take over the entire conversation by talking all about yourself. Allow them to freely express themselves. Let them have your undivided attention. Show them that you are interested in what they are saying, and you want to help. Avoid throwing a pity party. It sometimes makes the situation far worst. People can easily tell how much you care about them through your actions. Don’t drown them in self-pity because sometimes they’re not even sorry for themselves. They’re just searching for ways to put the pieces of their lives together again.
4. Be confidential.
Don’t listen to others so you can hold something against them. Remember that we all have skeletons in our closets. We all have something that we don’t want everyone to know about. What if God should reveal all our dark secrets? As Bob Marley said, ”if the night should turn into the day a lot of people would run away.” When someone has shared confidential details about their life with you. Assure them that, whatever is said here, will remain here! Respect their privacy the same way that you’d want them to respect yours.
We all have big plans for our lives, but life doesn’t always go according to our plans. Oftentimes, we believe that we have it all figured out; until life throws a curveball and it shatters our plans. How do you pull yourself together when life has given you a big shocker? I often pray in moments of great despair. God is my strength! Always keep prayer at the top of your list through the good and bad times.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Here are some other things that you can do:
1. Pause and think.
Weigh your options carefully. Consider the next move that you’re about to make. Is it worth it? Is it something that you want to do? Or is it just an act of impulse? Take time to assess each situation carefully. Pray about it! Don’t make rash decisions out of desperation. Give yourself sufficient time to think. Whatever your next move is, it should be one that you’ve carefully considered, and if it involves a few risks, they should be worth taking.
“Pause, breathe, and smile. Anything that adds to your stress is likely not worth pursuing.” ― Majid Kazmi,
2. Look for the lessons.
Our greatest strengths are born out of experiences that we encounter in life. Instead of finding reasons to complain and beat up on yourself. Take a moment to see what life is teaching you. There could be numerous opportunities in your present moment of gloom. Collect the lessons from each disappointment that you face in life. Use them as stepping stones to pave your future.
The inevitable is a part of life too, but the good thing is that whatever situations we find ourselves in. They won’t last forever. They’re only for a season. Things will change eventually. Stephen King, his first book, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it. Stephen is now one of the best-selling authors of all time.
“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” ― Roy T. Bennett
3. Learn to let go.
If you had all your eggs in one basket and they were are all broken, what would you do? Would you try to do the impossible of putting them back together? Or would you clean up the mess and walk away? Not all situations that we encounter in life are quick fixes. There are times when we have to count our losses and get on with life. Nothing in life is certain. Don’t be too sure about anything until you know for sure. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Stop holding on to people and things that are trying to break free from your grasp. Set them free. Not everything that you have lost is a loss.
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” ― Confucius
“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Knowing your self-worth is one of the most important assignments you could ever take on in life. Why? It will set the tone for every interpersonal relationship that you will encounter in life. Employer-employee relationships, friendships, intimate relationships, etc. In life, you have to teach people how they should treat you.
If you should ever fail at doing so. You’ll automatically subject yourself to their crap. They’ll talk to you anyhow. They’ll give you what they think you deserve. They’ll treat you how they think you’re worth. Some will treat you like nothing. Let people measure up to your standards. You shouldn’t have to devalue yourself to prove to someone that you’re worth it. Below I’ll share a few high points on how you should stop accepting crap from other people and let them level up to your standards.
“If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1. Let them know your position.
It’s your responsibility to let people know their boundaries when it comes on to you. Let them know what is and what isn’t okay. Your no means no! Stop feeling as though you have to give people a lecture as to why you have to say no. Be assertive in your speech. Stop creating leeway for people to force you to change your standpoint. Never be a receptacle for their meaningless apologies and excuses. It’s a high price to pay. Believe me, you’ll get tons of them.
Always hold people accountable for their apologies. If they’re truly sorry about what happened they’ll take the necessary steps to avoid doing so again. It’s okay to give people second chances, but they need to know what your limits are, and how serious you are about them not crossing those limits. Let them know where you stand. The worst thing that you could ever do is to go against your standards. People will think that you aren’t serious, and they’ll continue to take you for a fool. Keep your standards high.
“An apology can be a wonderful thing so long as it is infrequent and from the heart. However, beware of the person who justifies bad behavior with apologies. For them, it is a means to an end, and quite often at your expense.” ― Gary Hopkins
2. Don’t make excuses for other people’s poor behavior.
When people show you their true colors, believe them. Stop trying to justify the situation or sum up reasons as to why they went off like that. Stop making up excuses to cover for them. They’ll bite you in the long run. Accept the truth as plain as day. Allow people to take responsibility for their actions. Let them take the steps to adjust their poor behavior. You can’t do that for them, but what you can do is to let them know that you’re not cool with them acting up like that. If you refuse to address the situation at hand, it will likely happen again, or it will become a pattern that escalates beyond your control.
“When a bully is held accountable for his actions, his future actions will change. Bad behavior only continues for those who allow it.” ― Gary Hopkins
3. Never tie your self-worth to gifts.
When people mess up, let them know exactly how you feel about it. Never allow anyone to woo you over with food, jewelry, clothes, etc., when they know that they’ve hurt you. Stop equating your value to gifts. Money has nothing to do with your self-worth. Never attach a price tag to your self-worth. People will seek out ways to buy you out.
You’re worth more than that. No, it isn’t okay to make someone believe that they can just buy you a gift in exchange for the wrong they have caused you. Don’t put up with that crap. They will do this every time they mess up because they know a gift will woo your heart over, and you’ll act as if nothing happened.
“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.” ― Anthony Robbins
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“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell
“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein
Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself that you should be much further in life at your age? Have you ever said to yourself that, I should have had my dream car, house, a better education, or a higher-paying job by now? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Many have been asking themselves these questions for the longest while. Why do you feel as though your life is a mess? I’ll share a few reasons below.
1. You’re comparing your life with others.
Our lives aren’t all the same. Some have it quite easier than others. As Bob Marley said, “Some feel the rain, others just get wet.” If you keep comparing your life with other people who appear to have accomplished that which you think you should have. You’ll continuously feel defeated and useless. It will also harbor feelings of jealousy and envy.
Many times we tend to focus only on the fruits of someone else’s labor. We completely ignore what it took for them to be where they are at in life. We don’t talk about their sleepless nights, hours of overtime, hunger, pain, and countless other sacrifices. Yet, we try to measure up to them. Instead of comparing your life with someone else’s, try to do your self-assessment to see what areas of your life could use some improvement and work on those.
“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”Unknown
2. You’ve accepted what toxic people said about you.
I remember when I was about to enter high school. My cousin told me that I would only attend school for two days. He knew that we were poor, and he thought that poverty would have kept me from completing high school, but that was his declaration over my life, not God’s or mine! As hard as I was, I managed to complete my five years of study, and I graduated with honors.
What are you declaring over your life? What are you speaking into being? Many of us have become exactly what others say we would be. We’ve allowed the words of toxic people to barricade our future. We’ve buried our hopes and dreams in their opinions of us. You aren’t good enough! You can’t have this or that. It cannot happen for you! You’ll never make it in life! We’ve allowed toxic people to relinquish the power that lies within us. Related 43+ best claim the power within you quotes
I’m here to tell you that no seed of doubt can ever be made manifest in your life without your consent. Only God knows your destiny. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you can’t make it in life. That decision is all up to you. My cousin told me that I would only attend high school for two days, but God said, I will send her for five years. What have they been saying about you? What nonsense have they been declaring over your life? What made them think that they know you like that?
It doesn’t matter who will support you. It doesn’t matter who believes in you. What matters most is that you never quit believing in yourself and the power of God in your life. Don’t be a prisoner of your thoughts or what toxic people say about you. It will keep you down in life.
3. You are afraid of failure.
The spirit of fear has killed more dreams than failure ever did. Everyone wants to succeed! No one wants to fail because failure is the bad guy that everyone should avoid. Wow! There’s isn’t anything wrong with wanting to succeed but we must never forget that failure is also a part of success. There isn’t anyone who has ever succeeded without failing. Your fear of failure will keep you back in life. It will prevent you from making your dreams a reality. Related 6 good things about failures.
“You can’t expect to move forward if your emergency brake is on.”Angela Cecilia
“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.” Kahlil Gibran
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I read an article recently about this topic, and it outlined all the reasons to avoid starting a blog in 2022. Funny enough the person who wrote the article is still blogging. If I hadn’t started my blog a year ago, I would probably reconsider. Since I started my blog, I’m going to share my two cents about starting a blog in 2022.
If you’re new to blogging then this is for you. When I started my official blog, The Drama-Free Club in 2021, I HAD ‘ZERO’ KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BLOGGING. I went on Google and I read tips from top blogs, Neil Patel, Moz, Semrush, and Ahrefs.
I also read answers from Quora spaces. That’s how I discovered these top blogs. I carefully applied those tips to my blog, and they have been working for me. Is blogging dead in 2022? Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re planning to start a blog.
Blogging isn’t just about writing good content. Traffic is the lifeblood of every blog. You need people to see your content and the only way they’re going to see it is through free and paid promotion. You need to find ways to get more eyeballs for your content, and promotion is a big player in your blog’s success.
Before you start your blog acquire some knowledge about website analytics, link building, DA, PA, SEO, SERP, content marketing, website layout, page speed, website theme, mobile-friendliness, etc. You’ll soon realize that these are more important than writing blog posts. All of this information is available on the blogs I’ve mentioned above.
You can’t follow everything that other bloggers say.
The internet is filled with blogging tips. If you’re not careful they will get you confused. Don’t try all of them! What works for other bloggers will not work for you. You’ll have to create a strategy that works for you and stick with it.
You must be willing to go the long haul.
Blogging requires a lot of time and patience. The results will not come overnight. Prepare yourself!
Be willing to read.
Don’t just go head first into blogging. Avoid making the same mistakes that other bloggers made. It will save you a lot of time and frustration. Find the time to read. Don’t expect to be spoon-fed. Read, understand and apply. I spend a lot of time reading tips from pro bloggers. I also pay attention to the type of content that they are sharing.
Research the competitiveness of the niche that you’re entering and determine how you’re going to stand out.
Pay close attention to influencers in your niche. Study the type of content that they are sharing. You’ll also need to figure out how you’re going to differentiate. Otherwise, you’ll just be creating a, ‘me too blog’, and regurgitating content that is already flooding the internet.
Get a domain name.
Free blogs don’t rank that well. I wish I had gotten my domain name earlier for my official blog. It will help to make your blog look more professional.
Get active on social media.
Quora has contributed significantly to my blog traffic. Not all social media platforms are helpful, even though your target audience is on there. I spend the majority of my time on Quora, We Heart It, and Twitter because I’m more dominant on those platforms. Yes, Facebook is good, but I don’t get a lot of engagement on there. Stick to platforms that you’re receiving the most engagements on and claim your presence there.
Give your blog a professional look.
I hate reading blogs that appear tacky. You can easily tell that the blogger just dragged something up. Spend some time to make your blog look presentable. Choose a nice theme. Update your author’s profile. Add beautiful photos. Make your blog posts readable and digestible. Don’t just blog for your taste. Make a great first impression. Give your readers something that will keep them coming back for more.
Don’t be a copycat. You can’t expect to be doing what everyone else is doing and stand out. Keep your content original. Own your voice!
Is blogging dead in 2022? As a blogger, I’d say no. But you must be willing to work smarter if you’re going to stand out in a crowded marketplace. What is it that you’re willing to offer? Why should readers choose your blog when there are millions of other blogs on the internet? What makes your blog a one in a million? What will you offer different?
If you received a call that one of the most prominent figures in your country is coming to your house. Wouldn’t you want to get your house in order to make that person feel welcomed? I’m sure that you’d make all the necessary arrangements to get your house in tip-top shape. Even if it costs you extra money. You’d go all out to ensure that your guest feels at home. Your blog is no different; if you want your visitors to keep coming back to your blog, it should be kept in tip-top shape. Here are a few things that you can do to keep your blog tidy.
1. Avoid too many pop-up ads.
I find these to be quite annoying, and I’m sure that there are many others like me. If I’m reading an article that has numerous pop-up ads, I leave it immediately. I’m sure that you’d want people to stay on your blog. If you have a high exit rate; that’s something you should really look into.
2. Choose a simple blog theme.
Don’t make your blog too fussy. Use a simple theme that flows well with your content. Try to avoid all the fancy fonts. Some of them are difficult to read, and they increase your load time. Choose a simple font style and size that makes your writing legible.
Avoid cramming your content too much. No one wants to hear you rambling on and on. It’s better to get straight to the point. The majority of the time people skim through what you have written. Try to write more digestible content with shorter paragraphs. What matters most is that you’ve covered your major points. Longer isn’t always better!
Another thing that you need to pay attention to is your comments section. Try to keep it as spam-free as possible. It’s best to have your visitors’ comments go through a moderation process where you can manage them. Tools like Akismet can help to filter your comments.
3. Use high-quality photos.
Image is everything. I hate reading blogs with dull images. Pexels and Unsplash have a variety of beautiful stock photos. There are also other sites that you can get royalty-free images from. If you’d rather use your original photos, ensure that they are beautifully captured. Remember that you can also do your own adjustments to make them appear more appealing.
4. Avoid too many grammatical errors.
It’s okay to have a few errors here and there, but multiple grammatical errors can ruin your blog. Spend some time to review and edit what you have written. Multiple grammatical errors are a huge turn-off.
5. Make your blog easy to use.
Remember that everyone isn’t tech-savvy. Keep your blog as user-friendly as possible. Don’t keep your visitors second-guessing where they should go to find the information that they need. If your blog is too complicated, you’ll have more visitors exiting your content. They don’t have the time or patience to sit before their devices trying to figure out how to use your blog.
Let’s explore what this quote by Georgia O’Keefe means and the things we can do to make our own lives better!
Everyone has a different role to play in this world. Some are lucky enough to be artists, others are natural-born leaders, and others are content with staying at home. But really, if you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. It might not be forever, but that doesn’t mean that everything else is meaningless.
I think when you are living in the moment, it is very important to be the best that you can be.
Every day I try to make myself a better person by living in the present and not letting my past affect me too much. When living in the present, what matters most is how you feel about yourself and your life right now.
Hello there! Firstly, let me congratulate you on your new business venture. You’ve really taken a bold step in realizing your dreams. Customer service is at the heart of every business. In simpler terms, customers are the lifeblood of every business. No customers, no business!
Having been in the customer service industry for over a decade. I’ve realized that the one thing that every customer need is good service. Sadly, many businesses have invested more of their time and money in marketing and promotion and ignore good customer service. Avoid falling into this trap. Below I’ll share with you my 10 pointers on how to offer the best customer service as a new business owner.
Invest in your service delivery.
The last thing you’d want to do as a new business owner is to have a front-line staff that knows little to nothing about your products and services. Those delivering the service are the image of your business. They are equally important as your customers, and they will either make or break your business.
Take great pride in your service delivery. Choose the best fit for your customer service delivery. You wouldn’t want your customers complaining that your staff is rude or incompetent. Ensure your front-line staff understands what is expected of them when dealing with your customers in person, via email and over the phone.
Provide your staff with the relevant training, coaching, and equipment that they need to perform their tasks seamlessly. Just imagine your customer care representative(s) second-guessing about your products or services when a customer makes a query. Immediately, that will create doubt in the mind of the customer, and they might take their business elsewhere.
2. Never withhold information from your customers.
Always provide your customers with the correct information about your products or services. Don’t try to convince them that the product or service is beneficial in a way that you know isn’t true. Ensure that there are no hidden fees. It will injure your business.
You wouldn’t want customers to believe that you’re a rip-off. Provide your customers with accurate details about your product or service, so they can make a sound decision as to whether your product or service is the right fit for their needs. Don’t tell them that the product will do X for them when you know it cannot do so.
3. Try to build lasting relationships.
Look beyond your customers only making a one-time purchase. Try to build lasting relationships with your customers. Over time it will pay off. Give them a good first impression. Create a memorable service experience. Great service will keep your customers coming back for more.
The most heartbreaking things I’ve heard customers say are that:
· You’re the only person who tried to assist me.
· If I knew about this, I wouldn’t have signed the paper works.
· I will never do business with your company again.
· I have been calling for weeks and no one is assisting me with the issues that I’m having.
· Your company is giving me the run-around.
· You’re the worse people to do business with.
Don’t allow your customers to say things like these about your business. It’s a poor way to do business.
4. Value every customer.
Never prioritize one customer’s need above the other. Treat all your customers equally. It shouldn’t matter if they’re spending $100 or $1000.00. Money is still hard to come by. Always let your customers feel valued regardless of the amount that they are spending.
5. Never argue with your customers.
If your customers aren’t happy with your products or services. Try to seek out all the alternatives through which you can make the service delivery better. You can try to offer a discount, exchange, refund, etc. Always go above and beyond to meet your customers’ satisfaction.
There’s no need to play the blame game or tell your customers to take their business elsewhere. We know that the customer isn’t always right, but don’t be rude! Their dissatisfaction could be a major turning point in your business. Listen to what they are saying. Try to calm them down and work towards an appropriate resolution.
6. Always imagine yourself in the customer’s shoes.
We are all customers and consumers in one way or another. If you were the customer, would you pay that much for a product or service? Wouldn’t you want value for your money? What would you do if you’re getting the run around from a service provider? When you picture yourself in the customer’s shoes, it’s easier to understand their frustration.
7. Remain professional at all times.
Always talk to your customers with respect. There are certain words that you should never use to your customers. Like, sweetheart, baby, darling, etc. Call them by their name! Always remain professional. Don’t make the customer uncomfortable!
8. Resolve disputes in the shortest possible time.
If the customer is dissatisfied with your product or service, try to resolve it in the shortest possible time. Don’t try to ignore the issue at hand hoping that it will go away. This will injure your brand. Always keep your customers in the loop. Reply to their emails. Return their calls. Keep following up with them. If you need more time, let them know that you are working on the issue. Don’t ghost them!
9. Thank your customers for their business.
Always remember that customers have choices. They can decide whether they want to do their business with you. Never feel as though customers are obligated to spend their money with you. A little appreciation goes a far way. Always thank your customers for supporting your business.
Despite the appreciable or high degree of self-love we possess, we seem to give way too much credence to the opinions that our peers and other people have of us. Such credence, if allowed to get out of control, could make us lose focus on our destiny as individuals, the aim which is to be an individual who doesn’t have to care or depend on what people think. Don’t waste all your time thinking about what other people think about you—how they evaluate your looks, actions, plans, activities, etc. Only think and deeply care about what you think. (Featured Image Credit: Pixabay.com.)
As we press forward into another new year. For many of us, our expectations are running high. It’s time to get a new job. It’s time to start a better life. It’s time to break some old habits and put an end to some things. It’s time to acquire my dream house. It’s time to start building a career, etc. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21. Whatever your plans are for 2022, know that with God all things are possible. Everything won’t go the way that you’d want them to, but don’t let that dampen your spirit.
There will be times when you’re going to feel demotivated. There will be times when you’re going to feel discouraged. There will be times when you’ll find yourself between a rock and a hard place. As you look forward to making it big in 2022. The first thing that should be on your A-list, is a change of attitude. Kick start 2022 with the right attitude! It will be your GPS for 2022. Your attitude will direct your path for the entire year. It will keep you on course. It will keep you from lagging behind. It will motivate you to finish what you’ve started. Life will throw many things at you in 2022, but your attitude will determine if you make it or break it.
For this new year, find more things that you’re grateful for. Learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. Challenge yourself to do more than just the ordinary. Look for opportunities in seasons of distress. Get to know yourself better. Prioritize your self-care. Do more things that make you happy. Live each moment as they come. Believe in yourself and put God first in everything that you do. Below I’ll share a few inspirational quotes that will empower you throughout 2022.
“If you’re reading this, I hope God opens incredible doors for your life this year. Greatness is upon you. You must believe it though.” ― Germany Kent
I can’t make you believe in yourself; if you can’t see all the great things that I see in you. It starts and ends with your attitude. Annette Kinglock-Murray
“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”
― Dr. Roopleen
“The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and you fly.”
― Israelmore Ayivor
“Never allow anyone to define you! Just be you!”
― Chrys Phillips
“Once you can write an alphabet, you can write a book of 100 million pages. It’s just a matter of believing it as possible, and taking the cross millimeter by millimeter.”
― Israelmore Ayivor
“Believe in the unbelievable”
― Natalie Nascenzi
“You don’t expect the goat to hatch the hen’s eggs. People do what they know very well. Don’t expect someone who doesn’t know what you know to do it for you. Do it yourself.” ― Israelmore Ayivor
“It’s not your time to play around, it’s a time to get up and do something precious to create your own delightful life.”
― Shaa Zainol
“Know the truth. You have it in you to climb every mountain.”
Are you thinking about starting off 2022 on a high note? How about starting it off drama-free? Yes, leave all the shenanigans from 2021 behind and direct all your focus on what’s ahead. Spend more of your energy on the things that you need to get done for 2022, as opposed to viewing 2021 in hindsight.
“Free yourself from the complexities and drama of your life. Simplify. Look within. Within ourselves, we all have the gifts and talents we need to fulfill the purpose we’ve been blessed with.” ― Steve Maraboli
1. Give no more of your peace to toxic people.
It’s time to let them go. Give no more of your time and energy to toxic people. Show them the way out, or find your way out of their life. Don’t absorb any more of their toxicity. Life is already short. You don’t need to respond to negative comments on social media from people who don’t know you or try to prove your self-worth to people who are constantly belittling you. Stop feeling as though your life is dependent on how other people think or feel about you. They don’t need to feel anything about you, and you can’t force them to feel how you’d want them to. This year disconnect their power supply; take your power back from toxic people. It’s time to stop breathing in their space. Their energy is bad for your health. You don’t need them and they don’t need you!
“7 things negative people will do to you. They will… 1. Demean your value; 2. Destroy your image 3. Drive you crazily! 4. Dispose of your dreams! 5. Discredit your imagination! 6. Deframe your abilities and 7. Disbelieve your opinions!
Stay away from negative people!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
2. Don’t rehash the past year.
There isn’t anything that you can do about the past year. It’s all out of your hands and you’ll never get that time back. Guilt, won’t make you feel any better! Stop feeling sorry for yourself! Try to focus on what is before you now. God has given you another chance to make it happen this year. If you must take anything from the past year, collect the lessons. Don’t repeat the same old things, you’ll only get the same results.
If you were doing too many things at once. Take it a bit slower this year. Try to complete one goal at a time. Don’t start too many projects at once. You’ll wind up having a lot of unfinished projects and you’ll become more frustrated. If your goal is to lose weight in 2022, take it in strides. If your goal is to start a new business in 2022, take it in strides. If your goal is to get a new job in 2022, take it in strides. Whatever your goals are for 2022, don’t try to focus on them all at once. Take them in bits and pieces.
“Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
Over the last few years, I have intentionally read authors and listened to presenters that have wisdom on the topic of gratitude. In this note, I’ll outline five observations on gratitude that I’ve learned from the authors/speakers. The authors/speakers that have most impacted me on gratitude are Tim Sanders, Andy Stanley, Brian Parsley, and Steven Furtick.
Here is a summary of 5 lessons I’ve learned on gratitude:
1. Gratitude should never be silent. In fact, I heard a sermon from Andy Stanley where he shared this, “Unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude.” For example, your wife creates a great meal and a great event and you don’t say thank you. In your heart, you really appreciate the effort, but you don’t say anything. The message to the person that prepared the great meal/event is that you don’t appreciate them.
2. Happiness is like a sugar high. It can come and go quickly. …
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after reading this research i now see why i am happy most of the time- i am an idle mind-wanderer. it’s my best sport. Research suggests that people with freely moving thoughts are happier. “Sometimes you just want to let your mind go free,” says Julia Kam, a cognitive neuroscientist who directs the Internal Attention […]
Staying at home for a really long time, when the whole world is suffering through this very difficult situation can easily make one feel more negative and this increases if you already suffer from anxiety,depression or any other health problems.Today I am here, to boost you up with some Inspirational quotes🎀. We should always remember […]
Who are you really? Ever wondered about something so trivial yet so powerful? Most of us would be having an image of our own self in our brain but is that really who we are? Is that how society perceives us to be? So many baffling questions tend to arise when we ponder on who […]
Eric Hoffer, self-educated moral and social philosopher. and longshoreman, was born on 25 July (or 15 July) 1902 in The Bronx, New York. His parents were immigrants from Alsace, then part of Imperial Germany.Of his early life, Hoffer wrote: “I had no schooling. I was practically blind up to the age of fifteen. When my […]
Hi, it’s me the Christian Tech Nerd! We don’t know each other, but we must have many of the same beliefs if you’re taking time out of your day to read my blog which I very much appreciate! My goal in life is to put smiles on people’s faces while at the same time shining […]
I have written too many versions of this post but wasn’t satisfied enough to post them. So, let me try once again. Last month 29th oct was my birthday, I turned 34. Last decade have been INSANE! When I look around and see people having relatively normal lives I feel like I’m on the wrong […]
They say the best way to love someone else is by loving yourself first. But, loving yourself isn’t always about preparing to love someone else; it’s just because you are the only one who understands yourself better than anyone. By loving yourself, you’re putting yourself first before anything else. This approach prevents you from being […]
Hello All the awesome Bloggers and readers!! 😍 Hope you had a great weekend 🙃 Here I am with another collab as promised in the goals this year in My 1 year Blogging Anniversary post. Today, I have collaborated with a wonderful fun loving person on this Blogging platform; yes you guessed it right from the […]
Today, I felt like looking up a few quotes that really help me get through the day. Some of these, I have posted around my office so I can look at them each day. Here are a few of my favorite quotes and I hope you enjoy them. Here is also a list of other […]
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Have you ever heard these lines in a movie? ”You can’t handle the truth.” ”I did this to protect you.” How did you feel about the other person(s) not knowing the truth? Were you angry? Did you cry? Did you develop resentment for the person(s) who withheld the truth?
Sometimes we can relate to the betrayal and heartbreak that these movies portray. It’s as though our whole life is being played right before our eyes. Is there ever a justifiable reason to keep the truth from someone? Everyone deserves to know the truth. It’s not for us to decide that they can’t handle the truth. Many of us have been searching for the truth all our lives.
Many have died without ever knowing the truth about serious issues concerning them. We aren’t protecting people by keeping the truth from them. We’re comforting them with a lie. We’re abusing their trust. We’re destroying their lives. “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”― Dorothy Allison.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 KJV
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain
“The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” ― George Carlin
“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ― Jess C. Scott,
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ― Mark Twain
“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” ― George Orwell
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ― Joe Klaas
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” ― Oscar Wilde
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” ― Oscar Wilde
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” ― Winston S. Churchill
“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner
“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” ― Flannery O’Connor
“The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.” ― Stephanie Klein
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me the truth.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway
“There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ― Benjamin Disraeli
“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” ― C. S. Lewis
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” ― Virginia Woolf
“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.” ― François de La Rochefoucauld
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” ― Michelle Hodkin
“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.” ― Edward Abbey
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” ― David Foster Wallace
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.” ― George R.R. Martin
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay,” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.” ― Markus Zusak
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ― George Washington
“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand” ― Hayley Williams
With the Full Site Editing project well underway, theme developers need to be thinking about what the future holds for themes.
Why block themes?
To take advantage of the Site Editor, themes need to be built out of blocks – this is why we need block themes. Block themes are an entirely new way of creating themes. Classic themes bundle all of the code needed to control the presentation and functionality of the site, with the theme itself. This often means that themes contain extra code to add features (e.g. a slideshow) as well CSS to control the layout.
With block themes, much of the theme’s functionality and presentation is provided by Gutenberg. This means that themes have a shared set of features and style rules, which brings several benefits for users:
The user experience for customising themes is more consistent.
When users switch themes, they won’t lose features, as…
WordPress is introducing the Full Site Editor and with it new ways to build themes. These themes are called “Block” themes and integrate deeply with Gutenberg Blocks. These types of themes require the use of the new (and still in development) Full Site Editor.
The Site Editor is still being built, and block themes are in a nascent stage; they don’t yet offer the full gamut of features that will be available in the future. Block themes also require a very recent version of WordPress. How can we build themes which work with the classic dashboard to today and will continue to work with the Site Editor when it is more fully featured? This is the problem Universal themes are seeking to solve.
Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park, is a natural wonder with geysers, mud pots, diverse landscapes, wildlife, and magnificent colors! There is a great deal to see, and I have broken down my top 10 must-see destinations within the park. NOTE: This list excludes attractions from Canyon Village – Lake Village road as it was closed. It will reopen May 2022.
Yellowstone National Park was formed in 1872 and it is home to 2 million acres of protected land. The park is huge, and is mainly in Northwestern Wyoming, while also extending into Montana and Idaho. The park is largely visited by people throughout the world who are there to enjoy unique land formations, hikes, and the wildlife, especially bison that roam the park and stroll on the roads. Because the park is so expansive, it’s difficult to see every specific attraction, so I have compiled a list…
Personality is a set of characteristics within a person that influences their beliefs, cognitions, social attitude, emotions and behaviors. It is the way of thinking, reacting, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. It impacts how we view ourselves and what we believe about others and our perspective about the world around us.
A personality disorder is a type of mental health condition characterized by an extreme, inflexible and unhealthy lifelong pattern of thoughts, emotions, functioning and behavior that deviates from the expectations of the culture. It leads to distress, significant problems, and limitations in relationships, social activities and work or school settings. It tends to emerge from adolescence or early adulthood and lasts over time.
Tentypes of personality disorders have been identified and are grouped into three clusters, based on similar characteristics and symptoms.
Seeing stars in the night alone makes us feel peaceful. The cold breezes touching us, the pleasant smell gives a happy feeling. The dark sky and twinkling stars make us feel even in the dark, we will shine. By seeing the sky, we can forget all our problems, stress, guilt, and everything that bother us all day. We remember all our childhood memories and smile. Spend some time with yourself. Value yourself, take a break from everyone. Smile, motivate yourself know yourself better. Never sacrifice yourself to make others happy. It’s hard to love yourself when you can’t spend time with yourself. The night is the only time which we all can spend with ourselves.
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Did you know that there are “good bacteria” that work to keep our intestines in good working order? Probiotics – or live lactobacilli – contribute to the health of the body and are present in different foods that you don’t know about.
You’ve probably even heard of kefir or kombucha – fermented foods that are important sources of probiotics. Kombucha, in particular, is a type of tea that can be consumed daily. But in addition to these foods, there are others that are also sources of probiotics, but most people don’t know. do you want to meet them? Just keep reading!
A lot of people are surprised by this information, but pickle is really an important source of live lactobacilli. Widely used in making sandwiches and salads, this food is also rich in antioxidants (especially vitamin C), helps fight urinary infections and also strengthens…
Those who are allergic to eggs have some difficulty in choosing the ideal dessert, as most of them have this ingredient in the recipe. However, for the joy of those who do not want to give up a little sweet after lunch, there is no lack of alternatives for allergy sufferers! Like the idea? Then check out our list of 4 healthy options and get ready to choose the ideal one for you:
Light sweet rice
Who said you can’t prepare a delicious rice pudding without eggs in the recipe? In addition to having a fit version of this delicacy, the good news for those allergic to eggs is that it is also possible to prepare this delicious dessert without the ingredient. The only difference is that the consistency will be creamier, but the flavor will remain the same.
A volte penso che resterei per sempre sdraiata sul mio letto a guardare dalle finestre spalancate questi grossi alberi. Mi guardano come se mi chiedessero aiuto. Poveri anche loro stanno morendo a causa di questa infame società. Ma come posso aiutarvi io se ho la parola ma nessuno mi ascolta e come voi non vengo curata.
COVID-19 has changed pretty much everything we know, especially when it comes to our careers. Some of us lost our jobs because we are part of the industries that are affected the most by the pandemic. While others are still uncertain if their jobs will last even after the pandemic.
If you are looking for work during this time, don’t be disheartened if you think that there won’t be any available jobs for you. It may be the perfect time for you to change and improve your job search efforts and find a career that you may not have considered before.
Here are some tips on how you can have a successful job search during the pandemic:
Recover from your previous job woes
Before beginning your job search, make sure that you are ready to move on to a new job. Some people often struggle during their search because they…
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many of us are anticipating the day when the virus will be contained and possibly eliminated so life can return to normal. Many industries took a hit during this pandemic and while there is a slow easing of restrictions, it is not clear what the future all holds for us.
If you are looking for a job, there is a question if you should wait for the pandemic to end before looking for one or find something that will survive even after the pandemic. Now with the vaccination program rolling out in man countries, you wonder if your current job will stay relevant in the post pandemic world.
Here are some jobs that you may want to consider that will flourish even in the post-pandemic world:
With many companies and businesses moving their activities to online websites and platforms, there is a necessity…
A lovely friend of mine educated me about an intriguing phenomenon called the Imposter Syndrome. Having gone through it herself, she says it makes one ‘feel like a fraud’. It is a psychological pattern in which one doubts their skills, talents, and accomplishments, and has a persistent internal fear of being exposed as a fraud. And despite a clear external evidence of their competence, they still feel persistent feelings of inadequacy and wrongly attribute their success to luck. Even though this topic in particular might seem extreme, it brings about some ideas that may be relevant to all of us from time to time.
I have often felt like there is some perfect “script” for conversations, and that I cannot say the wrong thing. I have also, therefore, had trouble asking for help from people due to my own high standards. To move past these feelings, I had…
As we go through our lives, we get to discover ourselves. Sometimes, however, we see people around us who “seem” better than us, and we start to question our very selves. We see someone who is smart and think we aren’t smart enough. We see someone who is pretty and feel we aren’t beautiful enough. I have often been around a group of people where sometimes, I would feel like I’m not as gorgeous as them. Or sometimes, I would think “oh my word I’m so dumb!”. But then I asked myself, what really defines us?
As I see it, embracing our individuality is the bravest thing we can ever do. To gather every ounce of courage to accept ourselves for who we are when we live in a society that is burdened with labels and opinions. Lizzie Velasquez, a motivational speaker, was 17 when she stumbled upon a video…
As I gently shut my eyes
I recall the day
The summery tropical afternoon
I spent snorkeling by the bay
The fresh turquoise water
Touches my face
And right underneath me
Unravels a captivating place
Shoals of vibrant fish
Swimming all around
In every possible color
Yellow, red, or brown
An underwater paradise
Formed by exotic coral reefs
Large living and breathing structures
Home to a plethora of beings
A world of unknown
I gaze to the ocean floor
An aesthetic scenery
A mystical world to explore
⁃ SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻♀️
Quite often, we get deeply embroiled in our hectic lifestyles with deadlines to meet and a continual pressure on our shoulders to “be productive”. But as I have realised, it is so important that we give ourselves a break when we need one. Giving our bodies, minds, and hearts a chance to relax and recharge is as vital as hitting our most important deadlines.
A lot of us feel guilty when we aren’t productive. As a high-school student, every time I look at my laptop, I see ten assignments I need to complete, deadlines I need to meet, essays I need to write, and tasks I need to get on with. I feel constantly overwhelmed and it seems like there isn’t any end to it. I even feel like I’m going and going, almost drowning. There are times when I feel like I’m not able to spend time with my…
We often fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others as we scroll through various different social media. We also make judgements about how we don’t/can’t measure up against them. Unfortunately, social media is a place that triggers that unpleasant self-disdain, and this, as I’ve seen is so very unhealthy. In our modern world, social media exists as a tool to highlight the best parts of us and our lives, meaning comparisons have become stronger, but also more unfair.
Sonja Lyubormirsky, a psychologist at the University of California, said that “people who are happy use themselves for internal evaluation.” While in many cases comparisons help us learn from each other, other times, they rob us from gratitude and fulfilment in our own lives. When I find myself thinking that someone is better than me on social media, what I really find myself doing is trying to meet unrealistic expectations…