Posted by Ronan Scully in Features.

Embrace that person inside you that has ideas and strengths like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be. And above all, be true to yourself and put your heart in it. Don’t try to change the world but also don’t let the world change the person you want to be.

Starting this week get your priorities right. Years from now it won’t really matter what you did today. What will matter is how you loved and cared and how you applied this to life. Take full responsibility for your ambitions. Know your worth. Don’t expect to see positive changes if you surround yourself with negative and destructive people. Don’t give part-time people a full-time position in your life. Know your value and what you have to offer and never settle for anything less than what you deserve. Treat people the way you would like to be treated

When faced with long queues, traffic jams or waiting on an appointment, you have two choices: You can get frustrated, or you can view it as life’s way of giving you a guilt-free break from rushing, and spend that time daydreaming, conversing or watching nature. The first choice will raise your blood pressure. The second choice will raise your perception. Choose the things that truly matter. The smartest way to live is choosing what truly matters, and pursuing it passionately.

Let someone love you just the way you are. As flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are, let someone love you despite all of this; and let that someone be you. Accept your strengths and weaknesses. We often waste too much time comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something else. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when we accept everything, then we are able to become who we are capable of being. Learn from others, and move on when you must.

Some people come into your life as blessings; others come into your life as lessons. Be honest in your relationships. If you’re not happy, be honest, and move on if you must. When you’re truly in love, being faithful is not a sacrifice, it’s a joy. Don’t get to the end of your life and find that you lived one of regrets. When it comes to living as a passionate, inspired human being, the only challenge greater than learning to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, is learning to walk a lifetime comfortably in your own. 

Thought for the week

As your thought for the week, never give up on you. This is your life; shape it. Strength shows not only in the ability to hold on but in the ability to start over. It is never too late to become what you might have been.