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"It’s still you.
It’s still you."
-Margaret Atwood, from Shapechangers In Winter   (via barebonedandcrazyy)
"I need someone who
Sees the fire in my eyes and
wants to play with it."
-Haiku by l.s.f.   (via thatkindofwoman)
"Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth."
-Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook  (via thatkindofwoman)
"You deserve the kind of love you would give someone else."
-#127: (February 3, 2014)
"Nothing is ever wrong. We learn from every step we take. Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be. Be proud of you"
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Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.


-Napoleon Hill

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"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
-George Eliot (via samantha-joie)
""A billion galaxies will not satisfy the human soul." (Ps 8:3) Your heart was made for God."
-John Piper  (via kissthewave)
"I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you."
-Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated  (via thatkindofwoman)
gifts of the holy spirit and how they correspond

(cont’d from previous post)

wellbeing
wisdom
right judgement
reverence of God/piety 

awareness
knowledge
wonder and awe
understanding

improvement/growth
courage
knowledge

things i believe to be important.

1. the well being of oneself and of others. 

i believe that it is very important to support the wellbeing of others as well as yourself. i also believe that it is of equal importance to not do harm to or subtract from one’s wellbeing—be it your own or another’s. there should be an emphasis in participating in activities (laugh, pray, eat nutritious foods, hydrate, bathe, socialize, listen to music, go for nature walk, meditate, learn, play, work, pursue, sleep, rest, workout), thinking (positive) thoughts and even surrounding yourself w/ people that help to support your wellbeing—spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally (spiritual leaders, coaches, trainers, nutritionists, academics, friends, family, healthcare providers, motivational people). if you feel deficient or lack wellbeing, you act accordingly—poor judgement, not living well, not taking care of yourself. there is also a strong chance you may be, even w/o intention, taking away from the well being of others. at this point, it is important to take action. you need to fight for yourself. you need to take steps towards supporting your well being. if you need help, ask for it, look for resources, keep seeking and ye shall find. or if you see someone struggling, ask them what their struggling with and gently offer help w/ kindness, insight, knowledge of resources they may find useful or pray that they find the necessary help they need. when people are well, at a basic level, it helps them at an individual level to proceed onto the next level—improving oneself and it helps to maintain and support an almost utopian society.

2. awareness

become attuned to yourself, other people, other ideas, your surroundings. do not passively stroll through the garden of life without perceiving. you don’t gain anything. be aware of how you are feeling, what your thoughts and beliefs are, be aware of what you have to offer, what makes you stronger, better. be aware of what you are lacking. be aware if you are well. be aware of others, even yet, get to know them. they are there for a reason. find out why. be aware if others are well. this serves dual purpose. you can either help them become well or it helps you identify potential danger. be aware of your gut. exposure yourself to ideas and decide whether or not they interest you. spend time expanding on the ones that do and make a case as to why the ones that don’t, do not work for you. you were made to be an adaptable being. you were made to perceive your surroundings to see where you flourish best and were given cognition to figure out how to live well in environments where you don’t do as well. you were made w/ senses to receive stimuli, w/ cognition to process and perceive it, and w/ complex state of the art physiology to respond accordingly. you were made to pick up on patterns and form rational theories about your experiences and the shared experiences of others. do not take these gifts from God for granted. use the gifts He gave you. be increasingly aware of what’s there and be aware of the idea that there’s more.

3. growth and improvement

once you are well, it is important to not stay stagnant. do not mistaken wellness for the familiar comfort of laziness. teach yourself to find comfort in novelty or challenge. push yourself to be the best version of yourself you can be. once you are aware, do not settle for mere knowledge. that is basically attainment and fancy organization of data. act on that data. find out what is it you want or what is important to you. pursue it. follow the 80/20 rule, make 80% of your decisions support the pursuit.