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You’re so hard on yourself. But remember, everybody has a chapter they don’t read out loud. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life; at the mistakes that gave you wisdom, at the suffering that gave you strength. Despite everything, you still move forward, be proud of this. Continue to endure. Continue to persevere. And remember, no matter how dark it gets, the sun will rise again.

Ironically enough, when you make peace with the fact that the purpose of life is not happiness, but rather experience and growth, happiness comes as a natural byproduct. When you are not seeking it as the objective, it will find its way to you.

Sometimes things have to go wrong before they can go right. Sometimes we have to let the wrong people walk out before we allow the right people to walk in. Sometimes we have to feel weak in order to know what it’s like to feel strong. Sometimes you have to be broken to realize you’ll never be shattered.

You did the best you could with the knowledge you had in that moment. It’s easier to look back at an event and see a better choice or pathway because we already learned from our experience. Hindsight happens after the lesson, so we can’t condemn ourselves for not knowing the lesson before we learned it.

A lot of things broke my heart but fixed my vision.

We can’t always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it.

You gotta look for the good in the bad, the happy in the sad, the gain in your pain, and what makes you grateful not hateful.

When a photographer can’t change a scene, he changes his angle and lens to capture the best of that scene. Similarly, when you can’t change a situation in your life, change your perspective and mindset to get the best out of that situation.

In a society that has you counting money, pounds, calories, and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead.

Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.

In this life we are all just walking up the mountain, and we can sing as we climb or we can complain about our sore feet. Whichever we choose, we still gotta do the hike. I decided a long time ago singing made a lot more sense.

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

Don’t believe everything you think.

When things change inside you, things change around you.

Be like an elephant: Remember what matters, look out for your herd, and don’t be afraid to take up space.

Train your mind and heart to see the good in everything. There is always something to be thankful for.

Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours, for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.

Sometimes you just need to distance yourself to see things more clearly.

We can always choose to perceive things differently. We can focus on what’s wrong in our life, or we can focus on what’s right.

When you stop looking at what you have lost, you can better see what you have.