When life brings you to your knees, remember where you came from. Bring it back to your roots. Remember the stories of your parents and grandparents; their trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Remember that you are the culmination of all those hardships. It is true. You are their legacy. Their stories are your stories, and you are their story. If we get up, dig deep, and push the story a little farther, there is love and sacrifice at the end of the journey.
Know your worth then add tax.
Then go out there and advocate for yourself.
You teach others how to treat you.
In your greatest victories, remember the people who helped pave your way, the people who supported you, the people who cared enough to listen and nurture you in your trying moments.
Remember them, return the favor, and pay it forward.
This is how you stay grounded.
The universe has a funny way of teaching. It’s playful and loves to test us. It wants to see how strong we are mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It puts us through a series of unfortunate events to see what we will make of it. It asks, “Can s/he rise to the occasion?”
The universe doesn’t do this out of malice but from a place of tough love.
Think about it.
If your life were easy, how else are you going to get stronger?
Trudge forward. The universe grants mercy in our darkest moments. The moments when we encounter that fork in the road when we must decide to give up or push forward. Just after that decision, the world will reward you for your trials and tribulations. That is, if you choose wisely.
When the universe is testing you, keep moving forward and you will be rewarded.
Mistakes take us to the next level. They teach us what we should and should not do. They help us refine our strategies and do better the next time around.
When mistakes arise, forgive yourself. If you are establishing a habit and you miss a day or two, accept the loss, acknowledge it, and refine your strategy so it doesn’t happen again.
Dare to fail. There is a lesson in every failure.
Fail fast, learn faster.
The only rule to follow when it comes to mistakes is:
Don’t make the same mistake twice.
I tend to get overly excited about many things. Long waits are agonizing, as the anticipation gnaws at my soul and my colorful imagination paints my thoughts. I often have to remind myself to slow down. My friend Galen reminded me yesterday,
“Don’t rush anything. Just enjoy.”
As the best things take time to develop, it is important that we allow events to unfold naturally. (Definitely a test for an impatient person like myself…but it is for the best.)
Your job is to fix yourself, to create yourself, to craft yourself into the best version of yourself. It’s not your job to fix other people, especially if they do not want to be “fixed”.