One of the most inspiring quotes you'll ever read
"Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out, just take another shot."
A better piece of advice you'd be hard-pressed to find, as far as living a happy life goes. People have a tendency to become deflated by the smallest things, not to mention by people who, frankly, shouldn't be given so much importance -- neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances, and the like.
We focus too much on that which is insignificant. As I've stressed so many times before, people's opinions of you matter to a certain degree, but they shouldn't eclipse how you judge yourself. If what they say or think about you trumps your self-evaluations, then you are just handing over all your power to them in a silver platter.
Also, don't get so bogged down over your mistakes. We all make them -- it's a simple part of life! Learn from your mistakes so that you don't repeat them. If we never made mistakes, how could we possibly grow? Ruminating on the past won't do you any good; it'll merely keep you mired in a vicious cycle of self-doubt and negativity. Instead, propel yourself forward and look to a better tomorrow.
And don't let the fact that something didn't go according to plan put the brakes on achieving your goals. If your last relationship imploded, why should that stop you from hitting the singles market once more? You're bound to find someone even better! If your most recent job didn't turn out as expected, hit the job boards and don't take no for an answer. With enough persistence, you're sure to come across a better career opportunity. In the end, things work out for the best, though we may not know it at first.
Here's a quote that I came up with myself: "Life is like a rollercoaster ride -- it has its ups and downs, but considering it's so short, we might as well make the very best of it." How do you do this? By being positive, focusing on what you have rather than what you don't, and concentrating on the amazing things you can -- and will -- achieve rather than past missteps and disappointments. Don't sweat the small stuff. Think bigger than that.
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