You may never know who sees you as a role model. Be a good example for them and for those that will emulate them.
Often it's so much easier to let things be just as they are. Even if we are unhappy or unhealthy at least it is a discomfort that we are familiar with, and the thought of choosing something different can be scary and overwhelming. After all, it has been drummed into our heads that change is difficult. But not changing is a choice that will have consequences which we will be responsible for creating.
What choices are you making and what are the possible consequences you will face by not changing?
Maybe we become ill and that closes the door on our poor lifestyle habits. Maybe we lose our job and that opens up more time for new opportunities in our life. Maybe we lose a relationship only for a better one to come in. What door needs closing in your life and are you willing to close it yourself?
I saved this meme months ago, but I think it caught my eye today because I am reading a book by Viktor Frankl, and who better to talk about suffering than someone who survived the concentration camps. Give yourself credit for the hardships you have overcome, appreciate the lessons they left you with and celebrate your resilience. And don't ever let your suffering steal your humanity.
Sometimes it only takes a small act of kindness, even witnessing one, can be enough to bring about hope. This means that your deed could be the source of hope for someone else. So go out and spread some hope today.
Shame about what you said, what you did, what you didn't do, what was done to you - it lives and grows in tucked away reaches of our minds and bodies. Shame is like a wound, when left covered and unattended it festers. Find a way to speak your shame, ideally to someone who is kind and understanding, but even saying it aloud can help dissolve some of its power. For more about dealing with shame check out Brene Brown's work.
Double quote today!
To remain hopeful in the midst of events that bring such despair can be quite a challenge.
I find this quote by Abraham Hicks helpful:
You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better.
You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive.
It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone.
If you're wanting to be of an advantage to others,
be as tapped in, tuned in, turned on as you can possibly be.