13. If you chase anything in life chase the things that get you excited about living. Chase the things that give you hope, happiness and a glimpse of a better life. Chase the things that make you want to be a better person. Chase the things that inspire you to think, create and live joyfully. Chase the things that reinforce in your soul that you can make a difference. Chase the things that make you want to transform your heart from selfish to selfless. When you chase that kind of storm you are chasing rainbows. ― Shannon L. Alder
People keep repeating the things they cannot do like a mantra: “It’s impossible to do this, it’s not possible to do that…” This goes on until there is finally one person willing to challenge the status quo. It’s the person that is equipped with the mental strength to see things through, no matter how many people tell them that what they are doing is not possible. These are the people we look up to, because they fundamentally changed the way we are living.
“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances. Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world, leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge. ”
Often times your competition seems to be larger-than-life, more sophisticated and more experienced than you. But it isn’t the first time that a small David managed to compete successfully with a much larger Goliath. If you believe in your own strength and combine this attitude with a laser-sharp determination to do whatever it takes, then you will be able to challenge your competitors.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. Henri Nouwen