“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”
The purpose of life isn’t simply to be happy. It’s to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make differences that you’ve lived and lived well.
I want to truly live more of my life – to experience it and enjoy it to the fullest, instead of settling for a mere existence.
One can’t be everything to everyone, but one can be everything to a few people. One has to decide who these people are in their lives and to treat them like royalty. And to give people we don’t know a fair chance. We meet no ordinary people. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer.
Start practicing the golden rule: if you want love, give love. If you want friends, be friendly. It works. Always be kinder…you never know what someone is going through. Sometimes one has to be kind to others, not because they’re being nice, but because you are. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
And again, life always finds its balance. Don’t expect to get back everything you give. Don’t expect recognition for every effort you make. And don’t expect your kindness to be instantly recognized or your love to be understood by everyone you encounter. People never do anything that is out of character. We should never force our expectations on people, other than the expectation that they will be exactly who they are. Always aim at complete sincerity of your thoughts, words and deeds.
Sometimes the greatest dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had. There are no wrong turns in life, only paths you didn’t know you were meant to walk. You never can be certain what’s around the corner. It could be everything, or it could be nothing. Everything one goes through grows them. Sometimes one may think that doing something is a total waste of time, and then it ends up being one of the best things they ever did. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and realize you’ve climbed to the peak of the most beautiful mountaintop.
Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t. Happiness and success is all about spending your life in your own way. Always be yourself and walk your own path.
And remember, everything in life is temporary. So if things are good, enjoy them. They won’t last forever. If things are bad, don’t worry because they won’t last forever either. The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.