You are the custodian of your own happiness. What other people say, do or think does not create a basis for your happiness. It is you who decides your own happiness, just like forgiveness.
When I put down Lance Armstrong’s book, I understood something profoundly. Edie, if you can move, you’re not sick. I decided right then and there that no matter what cancer did to me I would continue to move. Movement was what the physical body was designed to do; it was how it coped and functioned. Movement was vitality. It was life.
I would move. Always. No matter what. Until my last breath, I would move.
Your level of self-confidence is not something you are born with, though it is influenced by the circumstances into which you were born and grew up.
If I’ve learned anything from facing death, it is that life is not meant to be survived. Life is the greatest adventure there is. And why stop your adventuring when someone says the end may be near? The truth is, we never know when the end will actually come. None of us will avoid it forever. What’s the point in trying? Live fearlessly!
Failing to forgive yourself for certain wrongs you committed in the past can create self-dislike.
You just can’t let life happen to you, you have to make life happen.
The idea of always wanting to be the victim in circumstances where you have been offended is a common human trait. Each person wants to be viewed as the aggrieved party.
True revolutionary change begins by first challenging yourself — not the world. Until you own your story and the complexities of your experience, no matter how much you may strain against it, you will still be enslaved — if not by your oppressor, by your past.
The mere fact that I exist means that I deserve to be here and to express myself any damn why I please.
Before making a snap judgment, ask yourself if it really is something that has hurt you or simply just made you angry at yourself for allowing it to happen. It’s amazing what ‘sleeping on it’ can do. A new day sees a new beginning.