Reflections: You Matter…
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
If – a poem by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise; Contd below
Do you have the Monday blues? Have you had a hard year to date? Do you sometimes feel as if no one is listening or that no one cares? Is life bright and perfect with nary a care in the world? Even if others say, “Do not disturb me with pitiful stories,” don’t linger and hold on to what they say. You matter to someone today… No matter what your state or standing is on any given day, know that someone out there and in here cares… You Matter. This post is for you, and you, and you.
“The one thing everybody’s looking for is unconditional love. We all need somebody to love us just the way we are.” Joyce Meyer
If you can dream and not make dreams your master;
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
The last few years have been particularly challenging for many of us. Some put smiles on their faces and press on, others wear faith on their sleeves and hope for the best; we all march on trusting that conditions will improve… and they will. No matter where we fit in this conversation, the message remains the same: don’t despair, You Matter.
“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
There are days when we get up and our steps are shaky. We have another trial before us, we wonder if the struggles would ever shift. When will Lady Fortune shine the sun my way? If you believe today, tomorrow, and every day that the gift of life is the first step to victory, then you are on the way to meet the shining sun of good fortune. You matter.
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
What have you lost? A home? Job? Loved one? Valuables? Memories? friendships? Don’t give up. Know that the hurt and stress, the pain and tears, all serve a greater purpose… to help us heal. Then remember the good things, the joy filled days, the kind words from others, and hold on tight. You matter. More Below.
“The deepest wounds aren’t the ones we get from other people hurting us. They are the wounds we give ourselves when we hurt other people.” Isobelle Carmody
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
When our will fails, and our hearts sink, and we feel we can no longer carry on the task at hand, that is the time to take another deep breath, to say another prayer of thanks, to hold on and put more effort towards our goals. The light around the corner would soon be clear, reminding us that a new day is near; for what we lost would no longer hold us hostage. We matter.
““Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
Some nights I sit and contemplate the events around me; struggling families, families with financial and health disruptions, individuals living with pain and suffering, and all the tragic stories we read, hear and see; all in the midst of plenty. How could we possibly believe that denying opportunities and basic amenities to our fellow brothers and sisters don’t matter because they don’t affect us directly? When we deny the basics to others, something in us dies and is also denied… To make a difference in the lives of others, we can learn to repeat the affirmation: “I Matter, You Matter, and therefore, We all Matter…”
“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
Regardless of our circumstances, to truly grasp that we matter, we must do the inner work. WE must affirm, unequivocally, that all we do to uplift others and ourselves matter. Every gesture we make to empower another, to help the downtrodden, to make a difference in someone’s life, add something deep and profound to our life story, enriching and emboldening us… and in the end, we’ll come to understand …. I Matter, We Matter, and above all, You Matter.
What are your thoughts? Have you had a hard day or year? How have you handled your struggles? Do you remember to tell yourself that you do matter? What affirmations do you use? Do share! Thank you. 😉
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: You Matter – No matter what others say, we know in our hearts that there will come a day when all of us realize that — we matter!
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