The Dalai Lama, who has dedicated his true self to helping others with his thoughtful wisdom and compassion once said, "With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." Before you can begin building a better world for yourself and for those around you, in your community and beyond, you must first practice being your true self.
A close friend of mine told me how her father always motivated her when things seemed to go wrong or when she felt like giving up, "Can't is NOT a word," he would relentlessly remind her. It was this passion to always keep going that helped shape her into the strong woman she is today. In turn, she shared that same wisdom with her own children to inspire and encourage them.
"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I my end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning."-- Mahatma Gandhi
Many of you can relate to or at least vaguely recall the story of the Wizard of Oz. While Dorothy lands in a make-believe world she finds both terrifying and delightful, she is thrust into a group of unique characters: the Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion, the brainless Scarecrow and the heartless Tin Man. In the 1939 film, the scarecrow says, "I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones.
Let's get it right! We all make mistakes---that is actually part of the process of life but you are not your mistakes, they are simply something that you experience along the way. When you make a mistake, step back and review the situation as an observer of your life so you can better evaluate the situation and choose not to fall into that trap again. Without a doubt, we all make mistakes but the wise person takes steps avoid the same mistakes again in the future.
For most of us, growing up meant going to school, doing chores and listening to our elders. We didn't comprehend, back then, why we had to abide by such stringent rules.