How do you help contribute back to society and without sacrificing anything in return? The answer? Give back happiness. See, giving happiness back to society and making others smile is enough to make the world a better place to live in. For example, picture a group of comedians setting up a podium with an orchestra in New York City. Now, the group invites oblivious strangers to participate in their activity as the conductor of the orchestra. Imagine how challenging and chaotic it will be to coordinate a song as an amateur conductor! Who could pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
It takes only a fraction of a second to wrap your head around the fact you’re going to have a child. You and your partner’s heart swells in joy. You begin to imagine a bright future filled with laughter and good times ahead. However, not all things go as planned; you discover your unborn child is diagnosed with Down syndrome. Your happiness and joy transform into sadness and anxiety thinking of the mounting challenges they will face. This is normal for first-time parents to think about. You both will experience a handful of unexpected emotions ranging from confusion, anxiety, fear, to sadness. However, allow me to offer you encouragement; as parents, you will need to stay strong, stand tall, and open your hearts to give your child the best care possible.
“Is it possible for one idea to change the world?” This quote is on the poster for the movie “Pay It Forward”. This single sentence pulled me into watching the movie, because I wanted to know if it was possible or not. And in the end, it became my favourite movie of all-time.
Did you know? Too much social media may make you feel more lonely without knowing it. and this could even escalate to depression. From a research conducted in 2014, in the USA, ‘Social Media Use and Perceived Social Isolation Among Young Adults in the U.S.’, found that the usage of social media affect teens’ sense of insecurity. It stated that teenagers who spend more than two hours a day on social networking are more likely to feel lonely.
Almost everybody has a role model or someone we look up to. Certain individuals may have had inspired us and set examples in so many ways such as people who follow their passions, people who are successful. Having a role model or a mentor is very useful. Role models show us their experience, their journey that lead to their success. These are some lessons to learn from them.
The feeling in your chest when you do something special for someone you love is amazing, isn’t it? Making someone you feel special towards, smile, or be happy, puts a smile on your face as well. The thing is, our jobs tend to eat up a huge portion of our time each day. It happens to the best of us.
I like Phra Luang Vassalai’s book, which he wrote to teach the disciples. My favorite principle from the book is what I’m going to share with you today, “Forgiveness is essential in our everyday life as we cannot avoid confrontation.” We certainly want everyday to be a good day. Starting your day with positive attitudes will increase your productivity and your health.
In Thai, the word forgiveness derives from “no threat”. By not holding grudges is simply a mindful charity to another person’s wrongdoing. Individuals who practice forgiveness is usually full of love and it shows in their personality. Their vibes and aura are certainly different from people who are negative and hold grudges. When you hold grudges and anger, it does more harm to yourself than the other person. Here’s how to learn to let go.
- Forgiveness is actually a gift to yourself. When you choose to forgive. You are putting yourself at ease from the situation. You will feel the sense of calmness by not holding yourself to negative thoughts towards someone else.
- Forgiveness is a sign of strength. Mahatma Gandhi has quoted,”The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” It means not letting negative feeling toward the wrongdoing increase anger in your mind.
- Forgiveness is self-love. When you love yourself, you will keep away from any kinds of toxins in your life. We want to live life free of anger, bitterness or resentment. “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Forgiveness gives peace. When our minds are peaceful, there is peace. That’s the time we do not have envy or anger in our hearts. As Ajahn Chah has quoted, “If you forgive small, you will receive small peace. If you forgive much, you will have much greater peace. And if you forgive all your heart, you will feel peaceful at the depths of your heart. ”
- Give and receive forgiveness. People are most likely to want to get more than to give. Especially when there’s wrongdoing, we certainly want to be forgiven. So when someone has done you wrong. Forgive them because we all want to be treated with kindness.
No one is purely bad. We all do our best part everyday. But when we’re hurt by someone, intentionally or unintentionally, remember that we are all humans and we’re allowed to make mistakes. Practice forgiveness as much as you can as it’s easier to forgive and let go than to stay angry and hold grudges.
Everybody’s searching for true love. To those who have found it, congratulations. It isn’t easy for love to be born between two people. They not only have to meet, they must go through good times and bad until love develops. The love that partners show to each other varies depending on the couple, and each couple needs time to adjust or get used to each other. Over time, love can change. The perfect love that we desire is sometimes too much, or maybe not enough. Honestly, is it possible to maintain the level of love between two people to be forever balanced?
During the past two years, I’ve heard the devastating news about the death of famous artists from Asia to America. A couple months ago, the world lost Chester Bennington, the lead singer from LINKIN PARK and afterwards, Kim Jong-hyun from SHINEE. When these tragedies strike, I discovered those around me, especially those within our society will either understand or they won’t. Those who don’t understand begin to ask questions. The questions asked are usually, “Why would they take their own life when they’re surrounded by adoring fans and family?” and, “Doesn’t love conquer all?”
This made me think; how can we overcome depression with love?
Today, I have a question to ask you that may give you a headache. Do you know the difference between sympathy, empathy, and compassion? Admittedly, I’m confused. I never really put much thought about these three words and their meanings. Most likely, I’ve used these words incorrectly and interchangeably without realizing it! Don’t worry; it’s not just you, but English speakers use them wrong, too. I can only hypothesize why we use them erroneously; I believe these words resonate deeply with your feelings. Thus, we use these words according to how we feel.