Just because people aren’t doing as well as you could — or as well as you wish they would — doesn’t mean they aren’t doing the best they can given their life & circumstances.
Judge less. Encourage more. And lead by example.
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Happiness is not a choice — but whether you let something ruin your day is.
How you respond to life experiences and the attitude you harbor while doings so is entirely within your control.
Some people are going to help you. And some people are going to challenge you. And those people are helping you, too.
Whether — and how much — you grow from life experience and whether you allow them to hold you back or instead, you use them to push forward is largely up to you.
Too many people spend too much time trying to be popular — or trying to produce popular things — an not enough time doing things that they’ll be proud of no matter the outcome is.
Being truly proud of your work and what you accomplish is rewarding regardless of its popularity.
Consistently doing — and seeking out things you can do that you’ll be proud of, no matter how things turn out — can be tremendously rewarding and will often increase one’s sense of self-worth and feelings about their life.
Kindness. Love. Respect. Compassion. Tolerance.
While you’re waiting for other people to put in the effort to show what you wish there was more of in the world, other people are doing the same — waiting.
It doesn’t start with them — it starts with you.
Shockingly, research indicates that it’s not just possible to express one’s views without being an asshole, it’s actually possible for people with different views to have an amiable relationship.
Sounds crazy, but it’s worth considering.
If someone creates content — whether it’s music, videos, art, comics, or words — and you don’t like it, don’t understand it, or don’t find any value in it, maybe it wasn’t meant for you.
There are over 7.5 billion people on the planet — all with different preferences, opinions & levels of understanding — not everything anyone creates is intended for every single person on the planet.
It is perfectly possible to go in search of what you love in life without disparaging, mocking, or criticizing all the things you discover on your journey that you don’t.
Some treat problem-finding like it’s a sport to win. But finding & highlighting problems is easy. Complaining is easy. Mocking & belittling people and/or their efforts is easy.
What isn’t as easy? Being solution-oriented instead of problem-focused & leading by example — & with love.
A difference of opinion doesn’t mean someone is against you & it doesn’t mean you can’t be friends — or at least get along.
A respectful disagreement is far more interesting & leads to far more growth than only associating with those who see things exactly as you.