don’t cross oceans for people who wouldn’t cross a puddle for you.
No, do it. Do cross oceans for people. Love people, all people. No conditions attached, no wondering wether or not they’re worthy. Cross oceans, climb mountains. Life and love isn’t about what you gain, it’s about what you give.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)
I wish someone told me this more often.
It is extremely hard to build self-confidence. You have to throw away the self-doubt and really just start believing.
“I realized that God is very powerful and has my back, and I found that I have empathy.”
“How did you come to these realizations?”
“I was incarcerated for nine and a half years.”
“That’s a long time.”
“Some people never get out. That’s how I look at it. I got out on February 7, 2014. That’s a month and 29 days, 5 hours, 56 minutes and 48 seconds. The first realization came to me as soon as I committed my crime in 2004. While I was attacking the person, I felt her heartbeat. And I thought, What am I doing? She is a human being. There are other people. It’s not all about me. The second time was when I got out, and I realized that I had another chance. And that chance is to serve others in everything I do.”
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surround yourself with people who
- praise you because they mean it
- don’t want anything but your company
- do their best to understand you
- you feel like you can confront if you need to
- (know they can confront you lovingly in turn)
- make you feel comfortable
- stick with you through good and bad times
- are positive influences on your everyday life