"Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of others, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of hearts.” Leo Tolstoy
Imagine one heart after another being illuminated!
The next time you find yourself hesitating to offer an encouraging word, or debating whether or not to perform that good deed, remember: your small gesture, no matter how small, truly can make a difference.
“A particular train of thought persisted in, whether it is good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. We cannot directly choose our circumstances, but we can choose our thoughts and so, indirectly yet surely, shape our circumstances.”
From James Allen's, As a Man Thinketh
Allen's words echo a sentiment that has been expressed for millennia in ancient texts around the world: our thoughts have an effect in our lives. Always remember that you are the "conductor" of the train of thought running in your head, and you have the power to change direction at any time.
Every day, you make choices. You choose what to do and how to spend your time. You choose who to associate with and the relationships you wish to invest in. You choose your response to the various situations and circumstances that come your way.
Over time, the choices you engage in repeatedly become habits, i.e.: "a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior; an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary."
“You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone.
“This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.” James Baldwin, Author
Periods of struggle can leave you feeling trapped and alone, trying to hold yourself together as you push through the darkness.
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