I Believe…

I believe that forgiveness isn’t supposed to be earned. It’s supposed to be given. Forgiveness isn’t for the perpetrator, but for the hurt… and it’s not always easy, but it’s usually worth it.

I believe that how far you’ll go in life is often determined by who you’re with. There are people who will drag you down… focus on surrounding yourself with good, honest people who want you to succeed.

I believe that it’s OK to remember your past, but it’s not OK to live in it. Appreciate your past, focus on your future, but always keep in mind that the here-and-now is important because what you do this very instant will impact each moment from this point forward.

I believe you should love people where they are, as they are. We’re all a work in progress, and there are few things more beautiful than watching a person learn from his or her mistakes and prevail. Let your mess become your message.

I believe that judging others is a poison to the soul. “Don’t judge a person because they sin differently than you do.” Holding on to anger makes a person ugly. Holding on to hate doesn’t change a person’s mind–love does that.

I believe that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should do it. “If you don’t want people to know then you shouldn’t do it.” It’s easy to want to do something, especially if you think you can get away with it. “Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage.”

I believe that a person should be the kindest to the people who treat them the worst. They’re the ones who need your love the most. And we’re all going to have those people who just rub us the wrong way… love those people a little bit harder.

I believe that what others think of you is none of your business. What other people think of you isn’t important– it’s what you think of yourself that matters.

I believe that there is no such thing as a coincidence. As random as something seems, there is a plan for everything.

I believe that life isn’t about how much you have, but about how much you give, and the people who have lost the most have the chance to gain the most.

I believe that you should be tough-minded and kind-hearted, and ambitious in your goals and humble in your accomplishments.

I believe that actions speak volumes louder than words and that it’s easier to argue for principles than it is to live up to your own.

I believe that suffering builds character, but you have to let it. “Sometimes God has to break us to make us. It’s just a bend, it’s not the end. We’re all like glow-sticks– no matter how much we’re bent and broken, our light still shines.”

I believe that if you think your life is fabulous, others will too. Life happens. It happens when you’re sitting in traffic. It happens when you’re waiting for the bus. It happens when you blink. And I believe that life really is fabulous.

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