“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every so often, I hear someone remark about the terrible state of the world today. And, I guess there’s some validity to such a statement. After all, when you tune-in to the evening news, it’s usually one tragedy or crime after another that’s being reported. At the end of the broadcast, the newscasters often share a closing, uplifting report…to reassure us, I suppose, that it’s not all doom and gloom. I’ve always considered myself to be an optimistic-type. I look for the good in people, and it’s not often that I’m disappointed. And, I’ve learned from the social networks that I’m not alone in my quest to see the good side of humanity. News feeds are full of shared inspirational videos and hero stories. Still, I believe that within us lies the obligation to be the best version of ourselves and to be the type of person that we aspire others to be. In that spirit, I’m sharing some inspiration to help us on our journey…
Helpful Tips To Be A Better Person
1. Pay It Forward – April 25, 2013 is National Pay It Forward Day. Paying It Forward is a concept based upon the premise that together we can change the world, one good deed at a time, by performing random acts of kindness, in the hopes that it will cause a ripple effect. Good deeds have a tendency to restore faith, both to the giver and to the recipient, that there is still an underlying layer of compassion in the human spirit; a desire to see good things happen for others. Although random acts of kindness shouldn’t necessarily be saved for special days, it’s a reminder to do something good. Mark your calendars…
2. I still believe in the adage “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all.” Origins of the saying are somewhat iffy, ranging from being attributed to Thumper (Bambi), to an old wives tale. Regardless, it’s hard to argue with the notion. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t voice your opinion, or that everything that comes out of your mouth should be all flowery and bubbly, but if you take the time to think before you speak, it might give you the opportunity to say something else instead. It’s hard to take back words once they’ve been spoken in anger or otherwise, and it’s worth the effort it takes to bite your tongue.
3. Let go of the past, and look forward to the future. Letting go of past disappointments, betrayals or failures can be one of the most difficult hurdles to clear in life. It’s easier said than done. But living in the past – constantly dredging up old feelings and resentments – can be paralyzing to your emotional well-being, preventing you from being your happiest. Forgiveness can be the tool you need to move forward. Try it…and then try again.
Some helpful quotes:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Harper Lee
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ~ William Faulkner
“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert