Who You Are

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and then it will never be used to hurt you.”  – Tyrion Lannister

September will always be the month that we identify with flowers, green leaves and colour. In a poetic sense, spring reminds me of new beginnings, beauty, and being free.

We celebrated women the whole of August, and with spring bringing new life, it reminded me that we should celebrate ourselves. So this September I want each and every one of us to celebrate and embrace who we are!

It does not matter where you came from or where you are at this stage in your life. It does not matter who you were. What truly matters is who you have become. The person you are now is the only one that matters. And let me tell you something about that person:

The person you are deserves to be loved, deserves to be happy, deserves to find hope every day, deserves to laugh – and most importantly – deserves to live life the way you have always intended.

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But remember – even though you should celebrate and embrace yourself, you should always respect and love the people around you. Just like you, they also deserve all the good things in life.

There will be days when you will be happier and more radiant than someone around you – so share your smile, share your happiness, and let your positivity spread like a wildfire. And when the day comes when you feel a bit blue, I am sure a friend or even a stranger will share their kindness with you too.

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Even though we embrace who we are now, we should never forget where we came from, who we were, or what we went through. There is always a reason for everything. Sometimes a bad thing will happen to you, but you will be moulded by this bad situation and become who you were meant to be.

“When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about.” – Haruki Murakami

Tim Fargo said that who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. So be the person today that you would be proud of if you had to look back tomorrow. Be the person that can say: “This is me” and be content.

Students of College SA, remember who you are and believe in who you want to be. It is spring. Love yourself, listen to the sound of hope that lives within you, and share it!

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The value of high numbers

I have great respect for communities and societies who value older generations. I wish that we could all value and respect other people’s life experience and wisdom.

As a society, I think that we should embrace getting older, for every wrinkle tells a story. There have been some fantastic role models who became more influential with age, and whose stories became that much more powerful as they got older. Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Mother Theresa – the list goes on and on.

How can we not learn from these great teachers? How can we not embrace the beauty of age and wisdom?

If I could change society, I would start by placing more emphasis, value and importance on older generations. We can learn incredible things from them.

Have you ever sat down with a grandparent, parent or older family member and listened to their life story? They can take us to places we have never been before. They can take us on journeys of pain, love, triumph and glory.

Too often, we fail to acknowledge just how much we can learn from the older generations.

When I opened my ears and started listening to my own family’s stories, I was really amazed at what I found out. Their life stories are absolutely incredible. I am proud of their accomplishments, and proud to be a member of my family.

The next time you see an elderly person in the shop, driving annoyingly slowly in front of you, or struggling to walk up a flight of stairs, don’t just get irritated – stop to smile at them, help them, and acknowledge that they are somebody special.

For all you know, they may just be the founder of a big franchise store, or someone who defended one of your family members in a fight or argument of some sort. They may have made a powerful contribution to the world. They are someone’s mother or father, brother or sister, and more than likely the greatest love of someone’s life. Let us love the older generations. They have given us so much.

And in order for us to ensure that we are great examples for future generations, just as the older generations are for us, we should embrace every opportunity to increase our knowledge. One way of doing this is by taking distance learning courses in our spare time.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Love yourself …

Hi there Dear Readers,

How are you doing?

Today I am honoured to share with you a post written by a truly beautiful soul. Please read these words as I am sure that they are meant for each one of us.

Thank you Ms T, for your very touching words that follow …

 

Love yourself

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. It is in this relationship that you set the standard for all others.” – Steve Maraboli

 

It is the middle of January 2014 and it has already been two weeks since the end of 2013. Over the New Year period, we tend to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Things such as “Quit smoking”, ‘Lose 10kg”, and “go to the gym” always find a way onto our lists. To be honest, I have never followed through on any of my new year’s resolutions. But this year I have a very important resolution that I want to share with all of you, and I implore you to try this in 2014 (and in the years to come).

My resolution is to love myself.

 

love yourself

 

Although it is important to set goals for yourself for the year to come, it is more important to take care of yourself. Not many resolutions start with phrases such as “be kind to yourself”. Taking care of yourself and looking after your well-being is not just physical. Yes, it would be great if you go to the gym, lose those extra kilos, or quit smoking.

But this is something that I have learned over the years – if you are kind to your soul, if you can love yourself with all your flaws, you will live with a remarkable acceptance for yourself and your being.

You will see the beauty in your skinny arms, the beauty in your large feet, the beauty in your over-sized legs, and the beauty in your not-so-flat stomach. Your stretch marks will become beauty marks, your scars and wrinkles a reminder of a life lived. Every breath you take will be in harmony with yourself and the world. And this all starts with you loving yourself the way you would love your own child.

Protect yourself from harm, nurture yourself, and take time for pampering and solitude.

 

The most powerful human emotion is our ability to love. If you can love others with all of their flaws, why not love yourself in the same way? Loving yourself is treating yourself with respect and allowing yourself to enjoy the simplest things in life. Take this year and make it your own. Do not wait until you have time to do the things that you love; just do them. Start writing a novel of your life, sing in the shower, walk barefoot on the grass, or stand outside and smell the rain.

Love yourself

 

I have been working at College SA for a few months now and I have met the most wonderful people. And as we care for our co-workers, we also care about all of our students.

I want to leave you with the reminder that you are worthy, you are loveable and you are beautiful…

 

Love yourself

 

 

 

Dear Readers, wasn’t this an absolutely beautiful post?

Did you, like me, feel that the words were speaking directly to you? 

Sometimes we are given blessings in unusual forms. Today, this post by Ms T is my blessing.

As a very small token of my gratitude for this blessing, I’d like to give Ms T a picture that made me think of her:

Love  Yourself

 

 

To end off, I just want to say one last thing …

Love is complicated. It can destroy us or it can nurture us. Love can cause night after night of lonely tears. Or, it can cause us to wake up and smile at the sunshine.

Just remember, Dear Readers, there will always be sunshine – even if you can only see clouds today.

Take care and chat soon,

S