A twist on Angela Davis’ famous quote: I do accept the things I cannot change, but I am also changing the things I cannot accept.
I live by six rules of greatness and I support them with quotes because I believe there is power in the words we absorb into and speak with our lives:
1. Celebrate life.
"Yesterday is the past. Tomorrow is the future. Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." Life is short and the next moment is not guaranteed. Enjoy or learn from every moment. Every thing happens for a reason and there is a blessing in every lesson. These may sound cliche, but they would not be cliche if they were not true for so many people. ;)
2. Give love.
"When the power of love replaces the love of power, then the world will know peace." ~ Jimi Hendrix.
"Three things will last forever: faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Life can be extremely difficult and the world can be such a tumultuous place. However, through my own personal times of hardship, I found that life is much more pleasant and the world is much for tolerable when you operate from a heart of love. Now, having genuine love for everyone is nowhere near easy; it is actually a huge burden to bear. However, recognizing that, loving at your best makes you live in a state of positivity.
3. Be intentional.
This one is straight forward; no quote necessary. As one who is perpetually in leadership positions, a public relations professional by education and trade, and takes my influence very seriously, I believe if you have breath in your lungs, you have a purpose. I also firmly believe that our individual purposes all have a common goal: to have a positive affect on others. If I do not pursue and live in my purpose, then someone is missing out on a key lesson, example or idea for their own life. I can't be responsible for that now, can I?
4. Stay classy.
"Every girl will be a woman, but not every woman will be a lady." You can certainly substitute girl with boy, woman with man and lady with gentleman. We've got enough negativity floating around the world and the Internet. No need to contribute to it, in reality or digitally. Stay courteous and respectful of others. Walk with confidence, not arrogance. Be humble, but not a doormat. Pick your battles wisely and handle them with dignity. Remain a student of life, but know and utilize your strengths for your own and others' well-being. Stand firm in your values and speak your (well-thought out) mind, but be open-minded to different world views #keepitcute.
5. Do good.
"Service is the rent we pay for our place on this earth." ~ Shirley Chisholm. Giving to others has been the therapeutic cure for all of my bad times. If I think about all the blessings in my life, it helps put my life and its concerns in perspective. It is never as bad as it seems or as it can be, so...
6. Find a solution.
Problems and trials are bound to come. How we respond to them determines the future. You can complain and suffer through it or deal with it positively and fix it. Either way, it will bless and teach you in the end...might as well flip the experience for good.
Success comes in many forms: educational achievements, athletic accolades, career accomplishments, etc. However, those tend to only be personally beneficial. Being "great" impacts others, positively. Throughout my blogs, you will often see me close with "Yall be great." These six steps are the foundation for how I, personally, believe I (and you) can do it.
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Until next time… Ya’ll be great! ~ Jas