There have been times throughout my life when I have fallen, whether through temptation, envy or jealousy, leaving me ashamed of the person I have become. But each time, I have somehow managed to stagger to my feet, determined to become a better person; lead a better life… one I can be proud of.
Today, I look at life in a very different way. I’m no longer tempted to take what isn’t mine, envy what others may have or allow feelings of jealousy deprive me of happiness. I have learned to accept and be thankful for what I have. Age and experience have taught me much.
This wonderful world in which I live provides me with considerably more than material possessions. Nature itself, in all her glory, has so much to offer. I am blessed with the warmth of the sun and the coolness of rain; an abundance of vibrant plants and flowers and fresh, clean air in which to breathe.
Music and poetry soothe my soul and I find the comfort I crave in the love of family and friends.
One thing I have learned from my time on earth is that sometimes it’s necessary to fail in order to succeed. Only then can we truly appreciate what we achieve.
And while striving to earn respect, it is just as important to respect others. Otherwise, how are we able to respect ourselves?
That is why, during times of trouble, whether personal or beyond my control, I constantly remind myself of these words…
Life is good
For you are your greatest gift