Try it this way…

When my children were younger, they would ask me as my birthday approached, “what do you want for your birthday?”  My answer? I just want to wake up! If I wake up I can handle anything life throws at me.

I am eternally optimistic. Always have been and I consider that to be one of my gifts. Forever looking for the good in people and situations, I believe we will find what we are looking for. So I ask you, what are you looking for in others? Do you want them to validate you as a person? Do you want them to admire you? Compliment you? You don’t need anyone’s validation. We were thought into existence before the world was created, and that’s enough for me.  Consider this…look for their good qualities and take the focus off of yourself. We are naturally selfish so doing this may take a little practice. But try it. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

Zig Ziglar said, “you can get everything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”  To further that beautiful philosophy, you will have more friends than you could ever count. Your relationships will be more meaningful and fulfilling. And that is worth a lot!

Live life fully, and always remain hopeful!

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