Be Happy (English and Japanese)

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All of us want to be happy. But sometimes we lose hope, and it feels like the world and its problems are overwhelming. Being happy is easier and more simple than you realize. Here are a few pieces of advice to help guide you, so that you too can be happy.

幸せになりなさい。時には希望を失い世界中の問題に圧倒されるだろう。でも幸せになるという事は君達が思うより簡単でシンプルな事なんだ。君達も幸せになれ るように、ここで幸せになる手引きをしよう。

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, because it doesn’t last forever.

若いという事を楽しみなさい、それは永遠には続かないから。

Don’t waste your entire youth in cram schools and studying too much. School is important, but too much isn’t going to help you become a better person. Spend time learning about other people, falling in love for the first time, trying new things and exercising your creativity. There is more to learn in life than what you find in textbooks.

若くある時間すべてを塾や勉強だけに無駄にしてはいけない。学校は大切だ、でもそればかりが君達を良い人間にするわけではない。他人について学ぶために時間 を使いなさい、恋に落ちるために時間を使いなさい、新しい事を試み、想像力を働かせる事に時間を費やしなさい。人生にはテキストブックの中に書かれた事より 、より多くの事を学ばなくてはいけないから。

Don’t worry too much about what school you get into. Don’t buy into the illusion that attending one school makes you a better person than  someone attending a different school. It doesn’t. All people are born equal. The most important differences between us are in our actions; not DNA, not family, not wealth, not political influence or anything else. One school is only better than another if it does a better job of  helping you learn. Competing for status is an empty goal.

どの学校に進学するかについてあまり悩んではいけない。一つの学校に進学する事が他の学校に進学するより、良い人間になれるなんて幻想は信じてはいけない 。全ての人間は平等に生まれたのだから、一番大切なのは私達の起こす行動である。DNAではなく、家でもなく、お金でも政治の影響でもない。君達が学ぶ事を 助けるのが良い学校というものだ。ステータス競争は虚しいゴールでしかない。

Life and Indecision

Dream. Dreams are what challenge you and the world to have a better future.

夢を持ちなさい。夢が君達の挑戦を生み、世界により良い未来をつくる。

Don’t worry about the future. Worrying is as effective as trying to solve an math equation by chewing gum. It’s better to accept that the future is out of your control, but know that you can still work towards a better one.

将来を心配する事はない。心配は数式を解くためにガムを噛むくらい意味のない事だ。未来はコントロールできるものではないのだと、受け入れる方が良い。でも より良い未来の為に努力出来る事は知っておいた方がいい。

Sing.

歌いなさい。

Do one thing everyday that scares you. Maybe you’re afraid of speaking in public, or standing up to a bully, or just afraid of the dark. Fear can be conquered.

自分が恐れている事を毎日一つづつやってみること。君は人前で話す事を恐れているかもしれない、いじめっ子に立ち向かう事を恐れているかもしれないし、暗闇 を恐れているかもしれない。でも恐怖は乗り越える事ができる。

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people who are careless with yours.

他人の心を踏みにじってはいけない。君達の心を踏みにじる人たちに我慢してもいけない。

Don’t waste your time being jealous about what you think other people have; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long, but in the end, it’s only with yourself.

他人が持っているものに嫉妬する事に時間を無駄にしてはいけない。時には君の方が先を歩いている事もあるし、時には君の方が後ろを歩いているかもしれない。 でもこのレースは長いし、最後には自分自身との競争なのだから。

Smile. As often as you possibly can.

できるだけ多く笑いなさい。

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Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; compliment others, don’t insult them, even behind their backs.

人から受ける賛辞を覚えておきなさい。中傷は忘れる事。他人を褒めること、中傷をしてはいけない。たとえその人がその場にいないときであっても。

Don’t smoke. Smoking kills, and second-hand smoke kills friends, family and co-workers. Science and medicine have proven that.

タバコはやめなさい。体に悪いし、他の人にも悪い。それは科学的にも医学的にも既に証明されている。

Some people are selfish, some people are rude, but the first step towards more kindness in the world is to be kind to others first.

自分勝手な人もいるし、失礼な人もいるだろう。でも世界中の優しさの第一歩は他人に優しくなる事からはじまる。

You are not as fat as you imagine. In fact, you may be too thin. While you don’t want to be fat, being too thin is not sexy or healthy.

君が思うほど君は太ってはいないし、事実痩せ過ぎかもしれない。太りたくないと思っているけれど、痩せ過ぎは健康でも美しくもない。

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old income statements.

古いラブレターはとっておきなさい。収入証明書は捨てる事。

Be kind to your teeth. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

歯を大切にしなさい。なくなる頃には寂しく思うから。

Don’t be afraid to do something just because you’re not good at it. Everyone was just as bad at some point, and sometimes that can be a lot more fun. You will get better over time.

苦手な事をやってみる事を恐れてはいけない。みんな最初はうまくいかないものたのだから。時にはそれが楽しいときもあるし、時間がたてばうまくできるように なる。

Hug. 

抱きしめなさい。

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Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 40 and still confused, but if you don’t know, go out and try new things in order to find out.

自分が将来何をしたいかわからなくても心配することはない。16だろうが40だろうが年齢は関係ない。やりたい事がわからなければ新しい事をやってみればい い。

Don’t be afraid to reach out and offer to help others. They may be shy at first, but you never know just how much good you can do until you try.

他人を助ける事と、助けを求める事を恐れてはいけない。最初は恥ずかしいかもしれないけれど、やってみるまでそれがどれだけ良い結果を生むかわからないのだ から。

Drink milk, eat cheese, bok choy or even hot peppers, whatever you want, but get plenty of calcium for strong bones.

牛乳を飲みなさい、チーズを食べなさい、体菜か唐辛子を食べてもいい。食べたいものを食べればいい、でも強い骨を作るために沢山カルシウムをとりなさい。

There’s more to life than accepting someone else’s idea of what you should do with it. Find something you want to do passionately, something you believe in, that makes the world a better place, and gives your life meaning.

他人の理想を受け入れるよりも、もっと多くの事が人生にはある。情熱を持てる事を、自分が信じられる事を探しなさい。それが世界をより良い世界にし、人生に 意味を与えるから。

Exercise. It’s the most effective way to stay healthy, and be beautiful. Your body is the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

運動をする事、それが健康と美に一番効果がある。君達自身の体は君達が持つ事のできる最高の楽器だから。

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Finding the right person to share your life with means finding yourself first. Being alone is easy, but not being alone is easier than you think.

人生を分かち合いたいと思う人を見つけるという事は、まず自分を見つける事。一人になるのは簡単だけど、一人にならない事は君達が思うよりもっと簡単なこと 。

Dance.

踊りなさい。

Get to know your parents, they’ll be gone all too soon. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

親の事をもっと知りなさい。彼らは早すぎるくらい早くいなくなってしまう。兄弟には親切になりなさい、彼らは君達の過去への繋がりで、将来もずっと一緒にい るだろう人達だから。

Understand that friends come and go, but for a precious few you should work to hold on to. Do not underestimate how important they are to your life.

友達は出会っては去っていくもの、でも一握りの大切な友達を手放してはいけない。彼らの存在の大切さを決して侮ってはいけない。

Take vacations. Visit new places, eat new food, try new things. Spend quality time with your family. Doing these things will make your life richer in ways more important than making money can.

休みをとりなさい、新しい場所を訪れ、新しいものを食べ、新しい事をしなさい。家族と大切な時間を過ごしなさい。これらの事はお金を稼ぐよりもっと多くの裕 福さを生むだろう。

Travel. There are unlimited ways to live life. See how people in other places are living their lives. Experiment with the way you live yours.

旅をしなさい。人生には限りなく沢山の生き方がある。他の場所で生きる人達の生き方をみて、自分の人生をどう生きるか実験してみなさい。

Being different isn’t a bad thing. But as different as we are on the outside, we all share the same basic experiences and emotions. Despite differences in gender, culture, social standing, wealth, language and clothing, we are inherently united in ways far more important. Being different doesn’t make you less normal, it just makes you a different kind of normal and that’s ok. Identity doesn’t come from what other people tell you that you should be. You can be anything you want.

他人と違う事は悪い事ではない。外見が違っても同じ感情と経験を分かち合っているのだから。性の違いや文化、社会性、貧富の差、言語、服装の違いを省いても 、みんなもっと大切な形で結ばれている。他人と違う事は君達の普通性を欠く事にはならない、ただちがう種類の普通の人になるだけだ。個性とは他人に押し付け られた理想からくるのではない。自分がなりたい自分になればいい。

Scars are ok, even emotional ones. It means the wounds have healed and you’re ok now. Maybe a little wiser.

傷は悪いものじゃない、たとえそれが心の傷であっても。残った傷は、それが治った事と君達がもう大丈夫で、ほんの少し賢くもなった証。

World in hands

We’re beset on all sides from natural disasters, corrupt politicians, war, famine, disease, laziness, selfishness, greed and misery. The world is unpredictable, and no matter how much we try, we can’t hide from it,  even by living on an island. Life can be mean, but it isn’t about how hard life hits you. It’s about how much you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you experience and keep moving forward. That’s how we grow. That’s how winning is done.

私たちはいつだって天災や堕落した政治、戦争や飢え、病気や堕落や放漫、欲や惨めさなどの問題を抱えている。世界は予想のつかないものだ、どれだけ努力して も隠れる事はできない。人生は残酷になりえる。でも大切な事は人生がどれだけ残酷かではなく、君達がどれだけそれに耐え前進できるかだ。みんなそうやって成 長するし、勝利とはそういうものだ。

The world does not need weapons and conflict. We need schools and health care and art galleries. Putting the past behind us and working towards a closer, happier future with our neighbors is the best way to achieve world peace.

世界には武器も衝突も必要ない。必要とされているのは学校や健康保険や美術館だ。過去を置いて、仲間と一緒に幸せな未来へと努力する事が世界の平和への第一 歩だ。

Accept that certain things will always be true: economies fluctuate, the political system always needs improvement, you too will get old, and the world will change. None of these should stop you from fully living your life.

ある一定のものが変わらず事実である事を受け入れなさい。経済は変動し、政治のシステムはいつも改善が必要で、君達だって年をとるし世界は常に変化している 。でもこれらのどれをとっても君達が一生懸命生きる事を止める事はできない。

Never give up.

あきらめてはいけない。

Living in a democracy means we all have a voice. Using that voice isn’t a privilege, it’s our duty. Speaking out against injustice and corruption and bad government is the first step in making our country better.

民主社会に生きるという事は私たち一人一人が声を持つという事。これは特権ではなく、義務である。不正義や堕落、悪い政治に対して立ち上がるという事は国を 良くする第一歩である。

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We only have one planet to live on. We all share it and we all have an equal responsibility to help care for it. It’s the single most important thing you’ll ever pass on to your children.

私たちが住む事ができるのはたった一つの惑星だ。みんなが同等に責任があり、君達が自分たちの子供に譲る事のできる一番大切なものだ。

Be careful whose advice you take. There are plenty of parents and politicians, tv shows and newspapers that all want to tell you exactly what to do in life, but you don’t have to do exactly what they say. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. You are always free to decide for yourself.

誰の助言を信じるかに気をつけなさい。沢山の親や政治家、テレビや新聞が君に人生で何をすべきかを伝えたがる。それは時には正しい事もあるし、間違っている 事もある。君達には自分で決める自由がある。

Be careful which rules you follow. Don’t follow blindly. All rules should have a valid reason for being. If there is no valid reason for a rule, the rule should be changed or removed. Rules should be made to help us, not hinder. Sometimes they can do more harm than good. Learn to question rules and authority and make sure that these are in place for your benefit, not your detriment. Rules can be changed. You can change them.

どのルールに従うか気をつけなさい。盲目的に従ってはいけない。全てのルールには意味があるし、もし意味のないものであれば改善されるべきだ。ルールは私達 を守るためにあって、邪魔をするものではない。時にはそれは良い影響を及ぼし、時には悪い影響を与える。まず疑問を抱く事を学びなさい。ルールは変えられる 事ができるし、君達が変える事ができる。

Love. With all your heart. Never be afraid to show it, or tell someone how you feel.

愛しなさい、心の底から。自分の思いを伝える事を恐れてはいけない。

Life is a challenge. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it feels all too hard, but in the end, it’s always too short and we wish we did more with it in the time we had. Don’t waste your time. If you want to be happy, you can. All you have to do is try.

人生は挑戦だ。楽な時もあるし、つらい時もある。でも最後には人生は短く、時間があった時にもっと色々すればよかったと思うだろう。人生を無駄にしてはいけ ない。幸せになりたければなれる。やってみる事だ。

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Wisdom – Inspirational Quotes (English and Japanese version)

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Wisdom

Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

The English and Japanese version is here.
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Download: Wisdom PDF – English & Japanese

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Our entire lives are spent trying to live better. We’re constantly searching for the secrets of life, those pieces of information that are the keys to living well. Life is a series of plateaus. We think we understand something, then we face new obstacles, and new challenges. In overcoming them, our understanding of ourselves and the world around us deepens.

私たちはより良い人生を過ごそうと頑張っています。私たちは常によい人生を送るための鍵となる情報や秘訣をいつも探しています。人生には階段がいくつもあります。私たちは何かを理解したと思うと新しい問題や挑戦に直面します。それらを乗り越える事で、私たちは自分自身と世界に対する理解を深めていきます。

Inspiration quote motivation poster 23There have been billions of people in history. Each life is different and special and contributes to the united human experience. Yet, there are many universal truths which we all share. Below is a small collection of this wisdom. Read it carefully. Read it many times. Read it again after time passes. Let it motivate and inspire you. The words here will help you become a better person. They will help you become more successful. They will help you achieve your dreams, and help you support the dreams of the people you care about.

歴史の中で何十億もの人が生きてきました。その一人一人の人生はユニークで、特別です。しかしそこには世界共通の真理があります。これは、その知恵を少しだけですが、集めたものです。しっかり、何度も読んでください。何年か経ったらまた読んでください。そして、モチベーションを上げ、ひらめきを得てください。ここにある言葉はあなたがより良い人になる手助けをしてくれます。あなたをより成功に近づけてくれます。あなたの夢を実現させ、あなたが大切に思う人たちの夢をサポートする手助けをしてくれます。

I AM A CHAMPION:

  1. You become strong when you choose not to be weak.
    弱くならないと決めたその時からあなたは強くなる
  2. Repeat: I am my own greatest enemy. I am my own champion.
    何度も言いなさい: 自分こそが自分の一番の敵である、自分こそが自分の擁護者である。
  3. Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationship, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make.
    あなたが行う全ての事はあなた自身の選択によって行われる。責任を負うべきは、親、過去の関係、仕事、経済や天気、口論、年令でもない。あなたの選択する事は、あなたただ一人の責任である。
  4. All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie
    我々は、今日すぐ窓の外に咲くバラは見ずに、地平線のはるか彼方にあろうバラの園を夢見て、人生を蔑ろにしているようだ。
  5. Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. – Dale Carnegie
    熱心に振る舞っていれば、熱心になる事が出来る。Inspiration quote motivation poster 1
  6. Put enthusiasm into everything you do. – Dale Carnegie
    自分が行う全ての事に熱中しなさい。
  7. Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it. That is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear. – Dale Carnegie
    自分が恐れる事をやって見る事、そしてし続ける事。それが着実に、一番早く恐怖心を乗り越える方法である。
  8. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.
    間違いを恐れるのではなく成功する事を考えなさい。
  9. The way you treat yourself sets the standards for others in how you want to be treated. Don’t settle for anything other than respect.
    自分に対する姿勢は、他人があなたに対する接し方を決める。尊敬以外には妥協してはいけない。
  10. Say to others: If you don’t know something about me, then ask me. If you don’t agree with my choices, then argue with me. If you don’t like something about me, then talk to me. Don’t start judging me silently.
    他人に言いなさい: 私について知らない事があれば聞いて下さい。私と意見が合わなければ、話し合いをして下さい。私についてイヤなところがあれば話してください。何も言わずに決めつけないで下さい。Inspiration quote motivation poster 2
  1. Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Don’t think too badly about yourself for making mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes all the time, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, find the cause of your problems, and overcome them. Don’t be disappointed if you’re not perfect. Just try to be an excellent example of a human being. – Tony Robbins
    生きている間に人生を謳歌する事。経験をつむこと。自分を大切にして、友達も大切にする事。楽しんで、クレイジーになって、個性的になる事。間違いを恐れない事。誰でも間違いは犯すのだから、その過程を楽しめば良い。間違いはそこから学ぶ機会である、問題の根源を見つけ乗り越える事。完璧でない自分にガッカリしてはいけない。人間である事の素晴しい例になればよい。
  2. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
    ただ心配する事は明日の問題を空っぽにしてはくれない。それはただ今日の力を空っぽにするだけ。
  3. Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, in every place you can, all the time you can, as long as you can.
    正しい事を、できる限りの方法で、できる限りの人達に、できる限りの場所で、できる限りの時間行いなさい。
  4. Respect and trust are the two easiest things in life for someone to lose, and the hardest things to get back. Don’t risk losing them.
    尊敬と信頼は一番失い易く、一番取り戻しにくいものである。失うリスクを負ってはいけない。
  5. Life is too short to be anything but happy. So kiss slowly, love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances, give everything, have no regrets and learn from the challenges in your past. Remember what they taught you.
    人生は不幸せに過ごすには短過ぎる。ゆっくりキスをして、深く愛し、出来る限り早く許す事。チャンスをつかんで、全てを与え、後悔しない事。過去の難問から学びなさい。教えられた事を思い出しなさい。Inspiration quote motivation poster 3
  6. Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come. – Dwayne Johnson
    成功とはいつも偉大なわけではない。それは一貫性である。常に一貫した努力は成功を生む。偉大さは後から生まれるものである。
  7. Let’s stop complaining about our country and do something to make it better. Because, WE are our country.
    自分の国に対して文句を言うのをやめ、良くする努力を始めよう、我々自身が国なのだから。
  8. A strong person is not someone who doesn’t cry. A strong person cries, then gets up and fights again.
    泣かない人が強いわけではない。強い人とは泣いた後に立ち上がって再び立ち向かう人達の事だ。
  9. It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to chance and others are not. – James Gordon
    意志の強い人と弱い人がいるのではない。やってみようと思う人と思わない人がいるだけである。
  10. No matter how ‘busy’ a person is, if they really care, they will always find the time for you.
    人は、あなたを大切に思っていれば、どれだけ忙しくても時間をつくってくれるものである。

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  1. Always be willing to make an attitude adjustment.
    態度を改める意志を常に持つこと。
  2. Repeat in the mirror: I am my problem, but also my solution.
    何度も自分に言い聞かせなさい: 自分自身が私の問題である、そしてその問題の解決法でもある。
  3. It’s not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved. – St John Bosco
    子供は愛されるだけでは十分ではない、その子が愛されていると知る事が必要である。
  4. Good relationships don’t just happen. They take time, patience, and two people who really want to be together.
    いい関係はただ築かれるものではない。時間と忍耐と、一緒にいたいとお互いが思っている二人の人間によって築かれる。
  5. I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
    私は人生で何度も何度も失敗してきた、それによって今の成功がある。Inspiration quote motivation poster 4
  6. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
    今日することは大切な事のはず、なぜならそれは一日を代償に行う事だから。
  7. Stand up for what is right, even if you’re standing alone!
    正しい事をする為に立ち上がりなさい、たとえそれが一人きりであっても。
  8. Haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves, because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.
    あなたを忌み嫌う人は本当は彼ら自身を忌み嫌っているのだ。なぜならあなたが彼等のなりたい自分だから。
  9. This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit it. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be there when you start doing the things you love. Stop making excuses, your life is made up of your own choices.
    これはあなたの人生だ。自分がしたい事をしなさい。イヤな事は変えようとしなさい。自分の仕事がイヤならやめなさい。時間が足りないのであればテレビをみるのをやめなさい。真実の愛を探しているのなら、探すのをやめなさい。あなたが自分の愛する事を始めた時に、それは自然に現れるから。言い訳をするのをやめなさい、あなたの人生はあなたの選択によって作り上げられるのだから。
  10. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, because we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Life is SHORT. Don’t wait, live your dreams and share your passions now.
    新しい事や新しい出会いに、心と腕を開きなさい。私達は個々の違いによって結ばれています。隣にいる人に彼等の情熱について聞きなさい、そして自分の夢を分かち合いなさい。旅をしなさい: 迷子になった時にこそ本当の自分がみつかります。一度しか訪れないチャンスは必ず掴むこと。人生は出会いとその人達と作り上げたものでできています。人生は短い。待つのをやめて、夢と情熱に生きなさい。Inspiration quote motivation poster 5
  1. Always tell the truth. Use kind words. Keep your promises. Giggle and laugh. Be positive. Love one another. Always be grateful. Forgive. Try new things. Say please and thank you. Smile.
    真実を語りなさい。優しい言葉を使いなさい。約束を守って、沢山笑いなさい。いつも前向きでいて、沢山愛しなさい。感謝の気持ちを忘れずに、許す心を持ちなさい。新しい事にチャレンジし、「有難う」と「お願いします」を忘れずに。笑いなさい。
  2. Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what other people might think if we tried. We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout along with others, when we should keep quiet. Why? After all, we only live once. There’s no time to be afraid, no time to give in to fear. So stop. Try something you have never tried. Risk yourself. Enter a competition. Write a book. Demand a salary raise. Throw away your television. Bicycle across the country. Learn an instrument. Try anything. Speak out against corruption. Travel to a place where you don’t speak the language. Invent something. Call someone you love. You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Just do it. – Nike
    我々はいつも怖がっている。出来ないかもしれないと怖がり、トライしてみる事を他人にどう思われるか怖がり、恐怖心に希望を失う。「Yes」と言いたい時に「No」と言う。叫びたいときには静かに座り込み、口をつぐむべき時には他人と一緒になって叫ぶ。何故だろう?人生は一度きりだ。怖がっている時間も恐怖心に迷う時間もない。だから、新しい事をしなさい。リスクを負ってみなさい。競ってみなさい。本を書いてみなさい。昇給を要求しなさい。テレビを捨てて自転車で国を横断してみなさい。新しい楽器を学んでみなさい。なんでもやって見る事。 堕落に対して反論してみなさい。 言葉の分からない国に旅にでてみなさい。新しいものを開発しなさい。愛する人に電話をかけなさい。失うものはなく、得るものは多い。やってみること。
  3. I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.
    自分が感じる事は、自分が決める。今日は幸せを選ぶ。
  4. A wise man told his grandson: “There’s a battle between two spirits inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked: “Which spirit wins?” The wise man replied: “The one you feed.”
    賢人が孫にこう言った:「私達の中では常に二つの心が戦っている。一つは悪だ。それは怒りであり、嫉妬や欲、憤り、劣等感、 嘘とエゴだ。もう一つは善だ。それは喜びであり、平和と愛、希望や謙遜、優しさ、信実だ。」少年は考えてからこう聞いた:「どっちが勝つの?」賢人はこう答えた:「お前が育んだ方だよ。」
  5. Everything is practice.
    全ては練習だ。Inspiration quote motivation poster 6
  6. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of brave people who are overcoming it.
    世界は苦しみで満ちている、でも世界はそれを乗り越えようとする勇気ある人達でも満ちている。
  7. Listen carefully to how a person speaks about other people to you. This is how they will speak about you to other people. How do you speak about others when they are not present?
    他人について話す人の話し方に気をつける事。それはその人があなたの話をするときと同じ話し方だから。あなたは他の人の話をする時どんな話し方をしますか?
  8. Repeat in the mirror: I’m a positive person who wants to believe the best in others. I like to help, to encourage people, and to make them feel good.
    自分に言い聞かせなさい:私は前向きな人間。他人の良い所を信じて、助けを惜しまない。他人を励まして、良い気持ちにさせる。
  9. Never leave a great relationship for a few faults. Nobody is perfect, nobody is more correct. Including you. In the end, affection is more important than perfection.
    良い関係を少しの間違いの為に捨ててしまわない事。あなたを含めて、だれも完璧ではないし、いつも正しいばかりではない。最終的には、愛情は完璧さより良い。
  10. The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. – Albert Einstein
    世界は悪い事をする人達よって滅びるのではなく、何もしないで傍観する人達によって滅びるのだ。

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  1. How others see you is not important. How you see yourself means everything.
    他の人がどう思うのかは大切ではない。自分が自分をどう見るかの方が大切である。
  2. You cannot control what happens to you, but you CAN control your attitude towards what happens to you. When you do that, you will control the change rather than allowing it to control you.
    あなたに起こり得る事をコントロールする事は出来ないけれど、起こった事に対する対処はあなたがコントロールできる。そうする事で、それによって起こる変化にコントロールされるのではなく、あなたがコントロールする事になる。
  3. Confidence is beautiful.
    自信は美しい。
  4. Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Surround yourself with people who make you a better person.
    あなたに対する他人の意見があなたにとっての現実になる必要はない。あなたをより良い人間にしてくれる人達を周りにおきなさい。
  5. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. – Mark Twain
    あなたの大望を貶す人達を避けなさい。心の小さい人達がそれをする、偉大な人達はあなたも偉大になれるのだと信じさせてくる。Inspiration quote motivation poster 7
  6. It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are. – Roy E. Disney
    自分の価値観が分かっていれば、物を選ぶのはそんなにむつかしくはない。
  7. The best relationship is when your lover is also your best friend. You can be yourself with them, and they still love you for who you are.
    最高の関係とは、あなたの恋人が親友でもある関係だ。あなたがあなたである事を愛してくれる人達との関係だ。
  8. We should be thankful for the difficult people we meet. They show us exactly who we don’t want to be.
    難しい人達との出会いに感謝するべきである。それは自分がなりたくない自分を教えてくれるから。
  9. Bodybuilding is an art. Your body is the canvas. Weights are your brush and nutrition your paint. We all have the ability to turn a self portrait into a masterpiece.
    ボディビルディングは芸術である。あなたの体がキャンバスで、重りは筆と栄養である。我々は皆、自画像をマスターピースに描きあげることが出来る。
  10. You were born to be real, not to be perfect. You’re here to be you, not to be what someone else wants you to be. Stand up for yourself, look them in the eye and say “Don’t judge me until you know me. Don’t underestimate me until you’ve challenged me. Don’t talk about me until you’ve talked to me.
    完璧になる為に生まれてきたのではない。他人がなって欲しい人になる為ではなく、あなたがあなたになる為に生まれてきたのだ。自分の為に立ち上がりなさい。「私を知るまでは決めつけないで、私に挑むまでは私を過小評価しないで、私に話をする前に私の話をしないで」と、彼等の目を見て言いなさい。

NO EXCUSES:

  1. You have exactly one life to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.
    あなたが全てを経験する為には一つの人生しかない。その為の計画をたてなさい。
  2. Stop focusing on being skinny. If you clean up your eating habits and exercise regularly, your body will take care of itself.
    細くなる事だけに集中するのを辞めなさい。食べる物に気をつけて、運動すればあなたの身体は自然につくられていきます。
  3. I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. – Maya Angelou
    ヒーローとは他の人達のために世界を良くしようと頑張る人達のことだと思う。
  4. Failure isn’t falling down, it’s remaining where you’ve fallen.
    失敗とは転ぶ事ではない。あなたが転んだ場所を思い出させるための事だ。
  5. Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    熱意がなければ何も達成されない。Inspiration quote motivation poster 8
  6. Happy girls are the prettiest! – Audrey Hepburn
    幸せな笑顔いっぱいの人が1番可愛い。
  7. If you’re tired for starting over, stop giving up.
    もし何かを始めることに疲れたら、諦めることをやめよう。
  8. Being classy is knowing what to say, when to say it, and when to say nothing.
    上品であるためには、何を言うべきかを知ること、そして時には何も言わないこと。
  9. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
    人生は自分探しの旅ではない。人生は自分の道を作ること。
  10. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
    自分を信じて。自分の中にはあなたが思っている以上に素敵なものがあることを。

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  1. Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears. – Richard Wilkins
    奇跡は、あなたの夢にできるだけ多くのエネルギーを与えるときに起こり始める。
  2. If it’s important, you’ll find a way. It it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. – Ryan Blair
    自分にとって大切なことは自分で道を見つけよう。大切でないことからは、遠ざかろう。
  3. Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
    進歩するには変わるということ。自分の気持ちを変えることができない人は、何も進歩できない。
  4. Good things come to those who work hard and never give up.
    良いことは、一生懸命頑張り、何事もあきらめない人に起こる。
  5. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. – Rikki Rogers
    強さとは、あなたが何ができるか、ということではない。一度、無理だと思ったものを克服することが本当の強さである。Inspiration quote motivation poster 9
  6. Reaching your dreams will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication and willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It will require sacrifice. You will need to push yourself to your limits and beyond. There will be temptations and distractions. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it will be worth it.
    夢を叶えるには時間がかかる。犠牲も必要になるだろう。自分の限界に挑戦しなくてはならないだろう。誘惑もあるだろう。でも、それを乗り越え、夢や目標を達成したとき、それはすごい価値があるだろう。
  7. Exercise to be fit, not skinny. Eat to nourish your body and always ignore the doubters and unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. You are worth more than you realize.
    運動をしよう。栄養を与えるために食べよう。不健康なことはせずに。あなたが思っている以上に価値があることです。
  8. Start each day like it’s your birthday.
    毎日を誕生日のように素敵な日にしよう。
  9. The trouble is, you think you have time. – Buddha
    問題は、暇な時間があると思うこと。
  10. Always tell the truth. Work hard. Keep your promises. Try new things. Don’t complain. Laugh out loud. Always say I love you. Use kind words. Do your best. Be grateful. Be kind. Be proud of yourself, but not arrogant. Remember that you are loved.
    いつも素直でいよう。一生懸命やろう。約束を守ろう。新しいことに挑戦しよう。文句は決して言わずに。大声で笑ったり、優しい言葉を使おう。周りに親切にしよう。自分を誇りに思おう。大きな態度は取らずに。自分は周りの人に愛されていることを覚えておこう。Inspiration quote motivation poster 10
  1. Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions. – Will Smith
    あなたの気持ちや感情をコントロールする人からは離れよう。
  2. Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    チャレンジすることは人生を楽しくすること。意味のあるものにすること。
  3. Forgiving people doesn’t make you weak. We forgive them because we’re strong enough to know that everyone make mistakes.
    心が広い人になろう。人間は誰でも間違いをするのだから。
  4. Be your own hero. Raise yourself up.
    自分だけのヒーローになろう。
  5. Failure can destroy you or it can make you so determined that you work even harder to become the winner that you know you are.
    失敗から学ぶことは多い。
  6. Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.
    批判に気を取られないこと。成功していることを覚えておこう。
  7. Don’t let past relationships ruin your future happiness. Scars remind us of where we’ve been, not where we’re going.
    過去の関係があなたの将来の幸せを台無しにさせてはいけない。過去は過去。これから進むのは未来。
  8. True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
    本当に力があるものは味方を作らない。仲間をたくさん作る。
  9. When we look back on our lives, we see pain, mistakes and heartache. When we look in the mirror, we see strength, learned lessons and pride in ourselves.
    自分の生活を振り返ってみると、いろいろあるだろう。でも、自分の強さや教訓、そして自分自身に誇りを持とう。
  10. Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t, give yourself reasons why you can.
    なぜできないかを考えるのではなく、できる理由を考えよう。

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  1. Once you become consciously aware of just how powerful your thoughts are, you will realize everything in your life is exactly how you allow it to be. – Melanie Mouchigian Koulouris
    自分の希望や考えを持つと、それが叶うようにする方法を人生の中で探していくでしょう。夢や希望を持とう。
  2. Don’t complain about things you’re not willing to work hard to change. Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get with the work that you didn’t do. If you change nothing, nothing will change. – Tim Baril
    不満ばかり言うのではなく、やってみることから。もし何も変えようとしなければ、何も変わらない。
  3. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness make you sour. Take pride that no matter who may disagree, you still believe the world is a beautiful place to be. – Kurt Vonnegut
    世間があなたを苦しませないようにしなさい。苦労があなたを嫌わないようにしなさい。人生の苦さがあなたを傷つけないようにしなさい。誰もが反対しても、あなたは自身を持って、世の中はまだ美しいと信じなさい。
  4. Show up. Even when you don’t’ feel like showing up. – Utpal Vaishnar
    前を向こう。たとえ、気分が乗らないときがあっても。
  5. Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly. – Tony Robbins
    感謝と世界の平和のために、期待しよう。Inspiration quote motivation poster 11
  6. Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
    教育とは、世界を変えることができる、1番パワフルな力のあるものである。
  7. Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.
    決意と共に目を覚まそう。そして、満足して寝よう。
  8. Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful. – Hazrat Inavat Khan
    きれいな場所を探す人がいる。その場所をきれいにする人もいる。
  9. Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. – Bill Nye
    あなたがいずれ会う誰もがあなたが知らない何かを知っています。
  10. You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future. – Dr APG Abdul Kalem
    自分の将来を変えることはできないが、自分の習慣は変えることができる。そうすれば、自分の将来も変わるだろう。

  1. Why do we try so hard? Because we can.
    なぜ、私たちが努力をするのか?なぜなら、私たちならできるから。
  2. Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein
    人間は皆天才である。でも、考え方次第で反対にもなる。
  3. Sometimes it’s not about how good you are, it’s about how bad you want something.
    時には、良いことが悪いことにもなり得る。
  4. Before you start something, learn how to finish it.
    何かを始める前に、どうやってそれを達成するかを考えてから行動しよう。
  5. Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley
    運動する時間がないと思っている人は早かれ遅かれ体を悪くすることになるだろう。Inspiration quote motivation poster 12
  6. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
    あなたの行動で周りの人に夢を持とうという気持ちを起こさせよう。リーダーになろう。
  7. Be the type of person you want to meet.
    あなた自身が出会いたいと思うような人になろう。
  8. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt
    あなたの心から正しいと思う事をやりなさい。何をやっても結局批判されます。
  9. A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
    困難やそれ以上に大変なことがあったとき、笑っていれば吹き飛ばすことができる。
  10. Believe it or not, you are in control of your own life. You are the reason why you are sad, and you’re the reason why you’re happy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. So don’t wait for happiness. Go out and find it, right now.
    信じるか信じないかは自分次第である。悲しくなるにも、嬉しくなるにも理由がある。“幸せ”を待つのではなく、自分で探しに行こう。

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  1. My father used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
    声を張り上げるのではなく、自分の意見をしっかり持とう。
  2. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something, just because they can’t or won’t.“
    できない”とか“しない”と言うことを減らそう。できることがきっとあるはず。
  3. You create your own opportunities.
    自分にしかない道を作ろう。
  4. Be the best version of you.
    1番良い自分になろう。
  5. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
    毎日の中にいいことがなくても、きっと何か見つければいいことはあるはず。Inspiration quote motivation poster 13
  6. You can say sorry a million times, or say I love you as much as you want. You can say whatever you want, whenever you want. But if you’re going to prove that the things you say are true, then you need to turn words into action. Because if you can’t prove them, your words don’t mean a thing.“
    ごめんね”と何回も言うように“ありがとう”や“好きだよ”と何回も言おう。言葉は、いつでもどこでも使うことができるものだから。でも、言葉を発する限り、行動にも責任を持たなくてはいけない。謝ったのに同じ間違いを繰り返すのはやめよう。そうでないと、言葉の意味がないから。
  7. If you’re single, focus on being a better you, instead of looking for someone better than your ex. A better you will attract a better person next time.
    もしあなたが独身なら、前の彼女、彼氏より良い人を捜すよりも、自分自身が良い人間になることに集中してください。あなたがより良い人になることで良い人はあなたに魅力を感じるのです。
  8. To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.
    優しくなることは、正しくあることよりも大切です。たいてい、人々が必要なものはおしゃべりで頭脳明晰であることよりも、聞く事ができる特別な心を持つ方が人々にとって必要です。
  9. A leader cannot lead from the middle of the pack. You cannot help people by becoming one of them. If you love them, turn your back on them. You must run ahead. Become their beacon of possibility.
    指導者はその集団の中からは導くことはできません。その群れの中にいても人々を助けることはできません。彼らを愛するのなら、彼らに背中を向けなければなりません。あなたは前進しなければなりません。彼らの希望の灯し火とならなくてはなりません。
  10. Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life. – Sylvester Stallone
    できないと思っても、もう一度挑戦する。それがあなたの人生に変化をもたらす。Inspiration quote motivation poster 14
  11. Sometimes you need the bad days, because it helps you truly appreciate the good ones.
    人は悪い日も必要である。なぜなら悪い日があることで、人は良い日を心から喜べるから。
  12. You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. – Marianne Williamson
    新しい自分になる方法を身につけようとする前に、新しい考え方を学ばないといけない。
  13. If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee
    もしいつも自分のすることに体力的なまたはそのほかの限界を決めていたら、その限界はあなたの活動や生活に及んでしまう。限界というものはない。単に停滞期があるだけで、そこに留まらずに、それを超えなくてはならない。
  14. Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumphs; a beginning, a struggle and a victory. – Mahatma Gandhi
    すべての価値のある達成は、大きくても小さくても、退屈な重労働、成功、始まり、葛藤、そして勝利の段階がある。
  15. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. – Tim Notke
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  16. Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your pride.
    謝るということは、いつも自分が間違っていて、相手が正しいということではない。単にあなたが自分のプライドより、相手との関係を重視しているということである。
  17. When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as difficult as what you’re going through.
    何かに奮闘しているとき、あなたの周りの人を見てみよう。そして、そのそれぞれの人も何かに奮闘しており、彼らにとっても、あなたと同じくらい難しい経験だと気がつこう。
  18. Never lie.
    決して嘘はつかない。
  19. Stop making excuses. Stop saying that you’ll do it tomorrow. Stop believing it will happen by itself. Begin working hard today. Begin being healthy today. Change your life today, and be proud tomorrow.
    言い訳はやめる。明日やるというのをやめる。何とかなると信じるのもやめる。今日から一生懸命努力しよう。今日から健康に生きることを始めよう。今日あなたの生活を変え、明日に自信を持とう。
  20. The worst thing I could be is the same as everybody else. I’d hate that. – Arnold Schwarznegger
    自分がなれる最悪なことは、ほかの人たちと同じになることだ。私はそれが大嫌いだ。

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  1. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen R Covey
    まずは理解することを追及する。自分を理解してもらうのはその後だ。
  2. All that anger, all that fear, all that negative energy you have inside you, take it to the gym and spend it there. Let these things be your fuel, don’t fuel them instead.
    あなたが持つすべての怒り、すべての恐れ、すべてのネガティブなエネルギーを、ジムに持っていき、使おう。それらをあなたの燃料にし、あなたを燃やすものにしない。
  3. Live out of your imagination, not your history. – Stephen R Covey
    あなたの歴史ではなく、あなたの想像力を存分に使って生きよう。
  4. What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when other people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will bring others and show them how well you do what you do. – Walt Disney
    何をするにせよ、最善を尽くせ。ほかの人が、あなたがそれをしているのを見て、また見たいと思うくらいに。そして彼らがほかの人を連れてきて、あなたがどれだけ上手にやっているのかを見せたいと思うくらい上手くやりなさい。
  5. You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by have a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. – Stephen R Covey
    自分の最優先順位は何か決め、そして楽しんで、でも弁解がましくなく、ほかのことに「No」と言える勇気を持たなくてはなりません。それを言えるようになるには、自分の中に大きな「Yes」をもつことです。Inspiration quote motivation poster 16
  6. He who has a why can deal with any what or how. – Stephen R Covey
  7. He who understands why something should be done, can then find out what to do and how to do it.
    理由を理解すれば、何をすれば良いか、どうすれば良いかがわかる。
  8. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply. – Stephen R Covey
    ほとんどの人は、理解しようとして聞いているのではない。彼らは返事をするために聞いている。
  9. Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant. – Stephen R Covey
  10. If you are not consciously focused on what is important, then you are unconsciously focused on what’s not important.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH:

  1. If you are not actively thinking about what is important, then you are passively thinking about what’s not important.
    重要な事に意識的に集中していなければ、あなたは重要ではないことに無意識のうちに集中してしまう。
  2. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. – Stephen R Covey
    光になりなさい。手本となりなさい。批判するのではなく。
  3. If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. – Stephen R Covey
    もしも、はしごが正しい壁にかかっていなければ、一歩一歩は、間違った場所により早く導いてしまう。
  4. I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Tony Robbins
    私はあなたの人生が傑作になるように挑戦させる。私はあなたが人を教え導き、そして自分でもその教えを体現できる人になるように挑戦させる。
  5. Love is a verb. Love pro-actively, don’t wait until someone else loves you first. Affirm another person’s choices, listen to them, sacrifice for them. Only then are you worthy of feeling love for someone, and being loved by them in return. – Tim Baril
    愛は動詞。誰かがあなたを先に愛してくれるのを待つ前に、愛を与えよう。他の人の選択を支持し、それらを聞き、それらのために犠牲になろう。そうすることによってようやくあなたに人を愛し、愛される価値が生まれる。Inspiration quote motivation poster 17
  6. If you believe in yourself, you can make yourself whatever you want to be.
    自分のことを自分で信じれば、あなたは自分のなりたいもの何にでもなれる。
  7. Life is a series of millions of tiny miracles. Notice them.
    人生は百万もの小さな奇跡の連続だ。それらに気づこう。
  8. When you are comfortable with who you are, not everyone will like you, but you won’t care.
    あなたが自分自身に満足している時、すべての人もあなたを好くとは限らない。でも、あなたはそれを気にしない。
  9. It’s ok to lose your pride over someone you love. Don’t lose someone you love over your pride.
    あなたが愛する人のためにプライドを失ってもいい。プライドのために愛する人を失うな。
  10. Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud every step of the way.
    ここまで来た事を誇りに思い、ここからさらに遠くに行けると信じなさい。自分のゴールに到達するまで自分を誇りに思わないのではなく、ゴールまでの一歩一歩に誇りを持ちなさい。

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  1. People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you, but how strong you stand is what makes you!
    人々はあなたを嫌い、酷評し、動揺させ、破壊する。しかし、あなたがどれだけ強く立つかが、あなたという人間を形成する。
  2. It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.
    大勢と立つことは簡単だ。しかし一人で立つには勇気が必要だ。
  3. Practice being kind to yourself. Don’t put yourself down. Say nice things to and about yourself. You are a wonderful person and you deserve to have amazing things happen in your life.
    自分自身に優しくなるよう心掛けてください。自分を落ち込ませないように。自分の良いところを自分自身に言ってください。あなたは素晴らしい人で、人生で素晴らしいことを経験する価値がある。
  4. If you are absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success. – Will Smith
    私が苦しいときに近くにいないのなら、私が成功した時にはそばにいれると期待するな。
  5. You are only worth what you are willing to give.
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  6. Spend your life making other people happy, and the world a better place. Don’t waste your time trying to impress people who don’t matter.
    人々を幸せにし、世界をより良い場所にする人生を歩んでください。あなたに意味をもたらさないような人たちにカッコいいと思われようと、時間を無駄にしないでください。
  7. Before you criticize somebody, make sure you are better than him. – Lazar Angelov
    人を非難する前に、自分がその人よりも優れていることを確かめるように。
  8. The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you. – John E. Southard
    あなたが平等な関係を築こうとするべき人は、あなたを助けてくれた人たちだけだ。
  9. We learn to give not when we have everything, but because we know what it’s like to have nothing.
    自分が何でも持っているから人に与える事を学ぶのではない。何も持っていない事がどんな事かを知っているからだ。
  10. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice WalkerInspiration quote motivation poster 19
  11. People give up their power when they think they don’t have any.
    人が本来有する力を手放してしまうのによくある原因は、自分に力がないと思い込んでしまうからだ。
  12. Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule. Love people who never look at their schedule when you need them.
    忙しいスケジュールの中であなたのために時間を見つけてくれる人たちを尊敬しなさい。あなたが必要とするときに、自分のスケジュールに目も向けずにあなたと一緒にいてくれる人たちを愛しなさい。
  13. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
    創造的な人生を生きるためには、過ちを犯すことへの恐怖を捨てなければならない。
  14. If you succeed in cheating someone, don’t think that the person is a fool. Realize that the person trusted you more than you deserved.
    人をだますことに成功したら、その人がマヌケだと思わないこと。ただその人はあなたが値する以上にあなたを信頼したのだと認識しなさい。
  15. Happiness doesn’t depend on external conditions. It is governed by our mental attitude. – Dale Carnegie
    幸せは外的状態によって決まるものではない。幸せは我々の精神的心構えで決まるのである。
  16. Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
    怖がる以上に、実現したいと決心する。
  17. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson
    私たちが一番怖れているのは、自分の無力さではありません。私たちが怖れているのは、自分の並外れた力強さです。私たちを怯えさせるのは 自分の闇ではなく光なのです。

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The above list was originally compiled as a year-end package for graduating students for English as a Second Language (ESL) in Japan. The goal is to give them something deeper to think about that grammar rules and math equations, something that’s actually useful and builds character.

Giving this package out to students always got them thinking and appreciative. It’s one of the few handouts they got during the year which they actually fully immersed themselves in. Perhaps the only handout I never saw crumpled up in classroom corners and in trash bins. They’d sit for half of a class reading and highlighting the things they liked best. When I asked them to stand up and read their favourite passages, there were always plenty of volunteers.

I think we all need a little inspiration and motivation on a regular basis. We can do it for ourselves by reading lists like the one above, posters like this, and videos like this. But what a wonderful world it is when we make an effort to inspire others too. We don’t have to be teachers to do it. A little encouragement to any friend, family, even a stranger can go a long way towards brightening their spirits and giving them the will to succeed.

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The English and Japanese version is here.

Download: Wisdom PDF – English

Download: Wisdom PDF – English & Japanese

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Wisdom – Inspirational Quotes

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Wisdom

Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

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Our entire lives are spent trying to live better. We’re constantly searching for the secrets of life, those pieces of information that are the keys to living well. Life is a series of plateaus. We think we understand something, then we face new obstacles, and new challenges. In overcoming them, our understanding of ourselves and the world around us deepens.

Inspiration quote motivation poster 23There have been billions of people in history. Each life is different and special and contributes to the united human experience. Yet, there are many universal truths which we all share. Below is a small collection of this wisdom. Read it carefully. Read it many times. Read it again after time passes. Let it motivate and inspire you. The words here will help you become a better person. They will help you become more successful. They will help you achieve your dreams, and help you support the dreams of the people you care about.

I AM A CHAMPION:

  1. You become strong when you choose not to be weak.
  2. Repeat: I am my own greatest enemy. I am my own champion.
  3. Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationship, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make.
  4. All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie
  5. Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. – Dale CarnegieInspiration quote motivation poster 1
  6. Put enthusiasm into everything you do. – Dale Carnegie
  7. Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it. That is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear. – Dale Carnegie
  8. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.
  9. The way you treat yourself sets the standards for others in how you want to be treated. Don’t settle for anything other than respect.
  10. Say to others: If you don’t know something about me, then ask me. If you don’t agree with my choices, then argue with me. If you don’t like something about me, then talk to me. Don’t start judging me silently.Inspiration quote motivation poster 2
  1. Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Don’t think too badly about yourself for making mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes all the time, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, find the cause of your problems, and overcome them. Don’t be disappointed if you’re not perfect. Just try to be an excellent example of a human being. – Tony Robbins
  2. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
  3. Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, in every place you can, all the time you can, as long as you can.
  4. Respect and trust are the two easiest things in life for someone to lose, and the hardest things to get back. Don’t risk losing them.
  5. Life is too short to be anything but happy. So kiss slowly, love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances, give everything, have no regrets and learn from the challenges in your past. Remember what they taught you.Inspiration quote motivation poster 3
  6. Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come. – Dwayne Johnson
  7. Let’s stop complaining about our country and do something to make it better. Because, WE are our country.
  8. A strong person is not someone who doesn’t cry. A strong person cries, then gets up and fights again.
  9. It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to chance and others are not. – James Gordon
  10. No matter how ‘busy’ a person is, if they really care, they will always find the time for you.

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  1. Always be willing to make an attitude adjustment.
  2. Repeat in the mirror: I am my problem, but also my solution.
  3. It’s not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved. – St John Bosco
  4. Good relationships don’t just happen. They take time, patience, and two people who really want to be together.
  5. I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael JordanInspiration quote motivation poster 4
  6. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
  7. Stand up for what is right, even if you’re standing alone!
  8. Haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves, because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.
  9. This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit it. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be there when you start doing the things you love. Stop making excuses, your life is made up of your own choices.
  10. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, because we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Life is SHORT. Don’t wait, live your dreams and share your passions now.Inspiration quote motivation poster 5
  1. Always tell the truth. Use kind words. Keep your promises. Giggle and laugh. Be positive. Love one another. Always be grateful. Forgive. Try new things. Say please and thank you. Smile.
  2. Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what other people might think if we tried. We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout along with others, when we should keep quiet. Why? After all, we only live once. There’s no time to be afraid, no time to give in to fear. So stop. Try something you have never tried. Risk yourself. Enter a competition. Write a book. Demand a salary raise. Throw away your television. Bicycle across the country. Learn an instrument. Try anything. Speak out against corruption. Travel to a place where you don’t speak the language. Invent something. Call someone you love. You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Just do it. – Nike
  3. I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.
  4. A wise man told his grandson: “There’s a battle between two spirits inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked: “Which spirit wins?” The wise man replied: “The one you feed.”
  5. Everything is practice.Inspiration quote motivation poster 6
  6. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of brave people who are overcoming it.
  7. Listen carefully to how a person speaks about other people to you. This is how they will speak about you to other people. How do you speak about others when they are not present?
  8. Repeat in the mirror: I’m a positive person who wants to believe the best in others. I like to help, to encourage people, and to make them feel good.
  9. Never leave a great relationship for a few faults. Nobody is perfect, nobody is more correct. Including you. In the end, affection is more important than perfection.
  10. The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. – Albert Einstein

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  1. How others see you is not important. How you see yourself means everything.
  2. You cannot control what happens to you, but you CAN control your attitude towards what happens to you. When you do that, you will control the change rather than allowing it to control you.
  3. Confidence is beautiful.
  4. Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Surround yourself with people who make you a better person.
  5. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. – Mark TwainInspiration quote motivation poster 7
  6. It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are. – Roy E. Disney
  7. The best relationship is when your lover is also your best friend. You can be yourself with them, and they still love you for who you are.
  8. We should be thankful for the difficult people we meet. They show us exactly who we don’t want to be.
  9. Bodybuilding is an art. Your body is the canvas. Weights are your brush and nutrition your paint. We all have the ability to turn a self portrait into a masterpiece.
  10. You were born to be real, not to be perfect. You’re here to be you, not to be what someone else wants you to be. Stand up for yourself, look them in the eye and say “Don’t judge me until you know me. Don’t underestimate me until you’ve challenged me. Don’t talk about me until you’ve talked to me.

NO EXCUSES:

  1. You have exactly one life to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.
  2. Stop focusing on being skinny. If you clean up your eating habits and exercise regularly, your body will take care of itself.
  3. I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. – Maya Angelou
  4. Failure isn’t falling down, it’s remaining where you’ve fallen.
  5. Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm.Inspiration quote motivation poster 8
  6. Happy girls are the prettiest! – Audrey Hepburn
  7. If you’re tired for starting over, stop giving up.
  8. Being classy is knowing what to say, when to say it, and when to say nothing.
  9. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
  10. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

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  1. Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears. – Richard Wilkins
  2. If it’s important, you’ll find a way. It it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. – Ryan Blair
  3. Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
  4. Good things come to those who work hard and never give up.
  5. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. – Rikki RogersInspiration quote motivation poster 9
  6. Reaching your dreams will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication and willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It will require sacrifice. You will need to push yourself to your limits and beyond. There will be temptations and distractions. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it will be worth it.
  7. Exercise to be fit, not skinny. Eat to nourish your body and always ignore the doubters and unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. You are worth more than you realize.
  8. Start each day like it’s your birthday.
  9. The trouble is, you think you have time. – Buddha
  10. Always tell the truth. Work hard. Keep your promises. Try new things. Don’t complain. Laugh out loud. Always say I love you. Use kind words. Do your best. Be grateful. Be kind. Be proud of yourself, but not arrogant. Remember that you are loved.Inspiration quote motivation poster 10
  1. Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions. – Will Smith
  2. Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Forgiving people doesn’t make you weak. We forgive them because we’re strong enough to know that everyone make mistakes.
  4. Be your own hero. Raise yourself up.
  5. Failure can destroy you or it can make you so determined that you work even harder to become the winner that you know you are.
  6. Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.
  7. Don’t let past relationships ruin your future happiness. Scars remind us of where we’ve been, not where we’re going.
  8. True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
  9. When we look back on our lives, we see pain, mistakes and heartache. When we look in the mirror, we see strength, learned lessons and pride in ourselves.
  10. Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t, give yourself reasons why you can.

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  1. Once you become consciously aware of just how powerful your thoughts are, you will realize everything in your life is exactly how you allow it to be. – Melanie Mouchigian Koulouris
  2. Don’t complain about things you’re not willing to work hard to change. Don’t be upset with the results you didn’t get with the work that you didn’t do. If you change nothing, nothing will change. – Tim Baril
  3. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness make you sour. Take pride that no matter who may disagree, you still believe the world is a beautiful place to be. – Kurt Vonnegut
  4. Show up. Even when you don’t’ feel like showing up. – Utpal Vaishnar
  5. Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly. – Tony RobbinsInspiration quote motivation poster 11
  6. Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
  7. Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.
  8. Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful. – Hazrat Inavat Khan
  9. Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. – Bill Nye
  10. You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future. – Dr APG Abdul Kalem

  1. Why do we try so hard? Because we can.
  2. Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein
  3. Sometimes it’s not about how good you are, it’s about how bad you want something.
  4. Before you start something, learn how to finish it.
  5. Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward StanleyInspiration quote motivation poster 12
  6. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
  7. Be the type of person you want to meet.
  8. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  10. Believe it or not, you are in control of your own life. You are the reason why you are sad, and you’re the reason why you’re happy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. So don’t wait for happiness. Go out and find it, right now.

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  1. My father used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  2. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something, just because they can’t or won’t.
  3. You create your own opportunities.
  4. Be the best version of you.
  5. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.Inspiration quote motivation poster 13
  6. You can say sorry a million times, or say I love you as much as you want. You can say whatever you want, whenever you want. But if you’re going to prove that the things you say are true, then you need to turn words into action. Because if you can’t prove them, your words don’t mean a thing.
  7. If you’re single, focus on being a better you, instead of looking for someone better than your ex. A better you will attract a better person next time.
  8. To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.
  9. A leader cannot lead from the middle of the pack. You cannot help people by becoming one of them. If you love them, turn your back on them. You must run ahead. Become their beacon of possibility.
  10. Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life. – Sylvester StalloneInspiration quote motivation poster 14
  11. Sometimes you need the bad days, because it helps you truly appreciate the good ones.
  12. You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. – Marianne Williamson
  13. If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee
  14. Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumphs; a beginning, a struggle and a victory. – Mahatma Gandhi
  15. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. – Tim NotkeInspiration quote motivation poster 15
  16. Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your pride.
  17. When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as difficult as what you’re going through.
  18. Never lie.
  19. Stop making excuses. Stop saying that you’ll do it tomorrow. Stop believing it will happen by itself. Begin working hard today. Begin being healthy today. Change your life today, and be proud tomorrow.
  20. The worst thing I could be is the same as everybody else. I’d hate that. – Arnold Schwarznegger

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  1. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen R Covey
  2. All that anger, all that fear, all that negative energy you have inside you, take it to the gym and spend it there. Let these things be your fuel, don’t fuel them instead.
  3. Live out of your imagination, not your history. – Stephen R Covey
  4. What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when other people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will bring others and show them how well you do what you do. – Walt Disney
  5. You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by have a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. – Stephen R CoveyInspiration quote motivation poster 16
  6. He who has a why can deal with any what or how. – Stephen R Covey
  7. He who understands why something should be done, can then find out what to do and how to do it.
  8. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply. – Stephen R Covey
  9. Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant. – Stephen R Covey
  10. If you are not consciously focused on what is important, then you are unconsciously focused on what’s not important.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH:

  1. If you are not actively thinking about what is important, then you are passively thinking about what’s not important.
  2. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. – Stephen R Covey
  3. If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. – Stephen R Covey
  4. I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Tony Robbins
  5. Love is a verb. Love pro-actively, don’t wait until someone else loves you first. Affirm another person’s choices, listen to them, sacrifice for them. Only then are you worthy of feeling love for someone, and being loved by them in return. – Tim BarilInspiration quote motivation poster 17
  6. If you believe in yourself, you can make yourself whatever you want to be.
  7. Life is a series of millions of tiny miracles. Notice them.
  8. When you are comfortable with who you are, not everyone will like you, but you won’t care.
  9. It’s ok to lose your pride over someone you love. Don’t lose someone you love over your pride.
  10. Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud every step of the way.

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  1. People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you, but how strong you stand is what makes you!
  2. It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.
  3. Practice being kind to yourself. Don’t put yourself down. Say nice things to and about yourself. You are a wonderful person and you deserve to have amazing things happen in your life.
  4. If you are absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success. – Will Smith
  5. You are only worth what you are willing to give.Inspiration quote motivation poster 18
  6. Spend your life making other people happy, and the world a better place. Don’t waste your time trying to impress people who don’t matter.
  7. Before you criticize somebody, make sure you are better than him. – Lazar Angelov
  8. The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you. – John E. Southard
  9. We learn to give not when we have everything, but because we know what it’s like to have nothing.
  10. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice WalkerInspiration quote motivation poster 19
  11. People give up their power when they think they don’t have any.
  12. Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule. Love people who never look at their schedule when you need them.
  13. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
  14. If you succeed in cheating someone, don’t think that the person is a fool. Realize that the person trusted you more than you deserved.
  15. Happiness doesn’t depend on external conditions. It is governed by our mental attitude. – Dale Carnegie
  16. Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
  17. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. – Marianne Williamson

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The above list was originally compiled as a year-end package for graduating students for English as a Second Language (ESL) in Japan. The goal is to give them something deeper to think about that grammar rules and math equations, something that’s actually useful and builds character.

Giving this package out to students always got them thinking and appreciative. It’s one of the few handouts they got during the year which they actually fully immersed themselves in. Perhaps the only handout I never saw crumpled up in classroom corners and in trash bins. They’d sit for half of a class reading and highlighting the things they liked best. When I asked them to stand up and read their favourite passages, there were always plenty of volunteers.

I think we all need a little inspiration and motivation on a regular basis. We can do it for ourselves by reading lists like the one above, posters like this, and videos like this. But what a wonderful world it is when we make an effort to inspire others too. We don’t have to be teachers to do it. A little encouragement to any friend, family, even a stranger can go a long way towards brightening their spirits and giving them the will to succeed.

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The English and Japanese version is here.

The Japanese version is here.

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We Need To Understand Christmas Better

by Timothy Baril

Happy Holidays Christmas village at night

Sometimes - in scripted text Christmas isn’t always the stuff of dreams. Sometimes it falls rather short of our hopes.

Santa and reindeer looking in window at a happy family

Maybe we’re without loved ones, or far from them this year. Maybe we’ve lost friends, or moved to a new city and don’t know anyone yet, or for whatever reason, just feel really alone this Christmas. Can you imagine what it’s like to wake up Christmas morning and have nothing under the tree? No one to share Christmas dinner with? It’s a heartbreaking feeling.

Lonely at Christmas in winter

Yet, not all Christmases were like this for us in the past. We know how good they can be, which is why, when a bad year comes around, it makes us appreciate just how good the holidays can be. A sad or lonely end to the year makes one reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s an understanding that’s lost to so many of us, a holiday we sometimes take for granted.

Christmas SucksI hate Christmas, grumpy cat

People often become too burned out from their daily lives, or overwhelmed by the demands of daily life which have nothing to do with Christmas. It’s easy for them to set aside this time of year and forget about it, or get negative about the holiday, especially when it gets too commercial. Or, we often just glaze over it, going through the motions without much reflection.

A lot of people grow out of childhood and think that Christmas loses it’s magic, it’s appeal.  It’s just not ‘fun’ anymore. They think, Christmas used to be all about the excitement of getting presents, but when you’re old enough to buy things for yourself, the magic fades. This is all tragic, because it all happens when we simply fail to understand why Christmas is really the best time of the year.

The - calligraphy text true meaning of the holiday season makes Christmas so special and enduring, universal and timeless; makes it something we should never forget. We need to pull ourselves back from the commercialization and shopping, set aside the bustle of daily life, and focus on something more important.

The meaning of Christmas is this: Christmas is about the Appreciation of Other People. Goodwill towards man; gestures of love and peace; presents and Christmas cards; charity donations; family gatherings; and Christmas parties – they’re all just a variety of different ways for us to say Thank You to each other. To say I Love You. The greater joy of the holiday comes from giving, not receiving.

Santa hugging little boy at Christmas at night.It’s saying, I just want to take a little time to show you how much you mean to me, and how much I appreciate you. I want to thank you for the time you’ve given me by taking a little of my time and giving back to you.

You know how hearing all that from other people makes us feel amazing inside? That’s how we can make everyone else feel! Isn’t that wonderful? What an amazing opportunity that is.

How do we give back? It might be by inviting people to a holiday event, and by accepting invitations to another’s event. Hosting, or attending, a Christmas party is a way of saying, I value you, and I want to spend the most precious time of the year with you. I want to celebrate our relationship, our friendship, our bonds, by being together at this special time.

Classic Christmas party art illustration of a couple with food and drinksNow, we might see each other many times throughout the year, but at Christmas, the entire spirit of the season’s gatherings and exchanges are not just about having fun, or getting drunk or the food, or the games or any peripheral things. It’s foremost about people and relationships. It’s about giving of ourself.

People in calligraphy text often go shopping at Christmas like it’s some kind of chore. Or, recently, it’s become the fashion not to shop at all, not to give presents to very many friends or to donate to charities. People latch on to some excuse about not wanting to buy into the commercialism or they hate the crowds but that’s not really true, is it? It’s laziness. It’s a failure to properly value each other. It’s the very reason Christmas was created, and is needed – to battle very hopelessness and depression and negativity that routinely builds up inside us.

Wrapped Christmas gifts and presents under the tree.A present is not just a present. When we give someone a present, it’s more than just picking some random thing up at the store, and going through the motions of a traditional exchange of things, this time with wrapping paper over them. A present has meaning. Do not give it lightly! It’s a symbol of our respect, friendship, family bonds, love and affection. We could write on the face of it: “Here, I thought of you, and I wanted to make you happy. I hope this present does just that. I hope it gives you a smile, or makes your life just a little easier, or a little nicer. I appreciate you.”

The more someone means to us, perhaps the bigger or more expensive the gift, or, better, the more thoughtful. We can spend a fortune on the biggest, most expensive gift, but if doesn’t say anything about our relationship, or does nothing to make the recipient happy, it’s a waste.

Let’s take a moment to think about our choices this year. Think about each one of our friends and family. Are we planning to get each one a gift? If so – great! If not, why? Don’t we appreciate them being in our life? Will we show our gratitude another way? Will we invite them to spend time with us? Will we plan something together? Will we call them up for no more reason than to say thank you and Merry Christmas? Snow covered pine spruce tree in winter at Christmas.

Or are we not planning to make a special effort for the people in our life this year? Why? Are they not worth it? Not good people? Then why are they in our life? Or, what does it say about us that we aren’t the type of person to give back to those who have given of themselves to us? What type of person are we that we don’t give first, but wait for others to give something to us before we respond? Let’s think about how we’ve been this year and ask ourselves, is this who we want to be? Are we being good family, a good spouse, lover, or friend?

So many gifts are a waste. When people say “It’s the thought that counts.” they’re right. We love being thought about. We love that someone cared enough about us to put thought into a gift, put their love and energy and time into it. They only do that when they value us, and we love being valued.

It’s very easy for a lot of people to give gifts without putting any thought into it at all, and these gifts are a waste. And, it’s becoming increasingly common to not give a gift at all. Either we’re giving gifts to the wrong people, or we must be pretty hollow individuals if there’s no one we really value in our lives. How heartless we are! How unappreciative of everything that people do for us. Why, we don’t even realize what they’re doing for us. We’re taking them for granted. Admit it, we’re all guilty of taking a few of the people in our lives for granted.

Putting thought into a gift means putting thought into a relationship. Selecting a present is a time to reflect on how good of a friend or family member we’ve been to others, how good of one they have been to us, and all the good ways we’ve been there for each other over the year. How many laughs have we shared, how many times have we used each other’s shoulders as support or to cry on? Were we there for each other’s birthday’s, for a wedding, the birth of a child? How many heartfelt compliments were exchanged, how many deep conversations, how many hugs and handshakes? All that reflection, on ourselves and on them and our relationships, goes into each present. That’s what makes a present so special. That’s why we should be overflowing with desire to give them, and why we should be moved and humbled to receive them. Opening Christmas gift present and experiencing magic

It’s not always financially possible to buy presents for everyone we want to, or ought to. Though it’s become out of fashion, it’s perfectly acceptable to make a present as well. Bake some cookies, draw a picture, make a song. If we’ve got a talent, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but using it to say Merry Christmas as a gift to another is touching and charming. Put something of ourself into our gifts, for that’s what people really want.

Christmas cards hanging on a string on the wallIt’s also perfectly nice to send a holiday card. Be careful it’s not another empty gesture, though. Just signing a name to a mass produced product is a waste, and shows no thought. A few honest, caring words, some specific details about our relationship in the past year, a desire to spend the future with that person, these show far deeper meaning. A card like that shows someone that they have value in our life.

Time in calligraphy text is the only true currency. Money and things are nothing more than physical representations of our time. Our time is very limited, and the only thing that’s truly priceless. How we spend it says so much about how much we value and appreciate each other. Be it in the form of giving a present; writing a card; singing a song; hosting a party; attending a dinner; traveling a long distance to be together; giving up something else to be with someone; or any other sacrifice or choice, these are all, in their most basic expression, gifts of time. How much time is spent on someone is the only true expression of our appreciation for their value and worth. It says as much about us, as it does about whom we give it to. A person who gives nothing does not appreciate anything. A person who gives everything, must truly have the warmest of hearts. What kind of person are we?

When we raise our children, we know how important it is to praise them when they do good. The older we get, the more that practice seems to disappear from our lives. We’ve developed work cultures that tell us not to expect praise, and that a salary should be enough for us. We take family for granted. We often don’t work to give back to our friends because in such a busy, increasingly connected world, an exciting new friendship is just around the corner, so we don’t make effort to maintain the ones we have.

Sexy Santa girls in Christmas costume with presentsYet, as adults, we’re just as busy making choices and learning and growing as when we were kids. We had parents and teachers to give us feedback then, and it gave us confidence and strength, affirmed us as good people, and this, in turn, breeds compassion and more growth. Maybe we forget, but we need all that praise and feedback just as much when we are adults. And just as importantly, it’s now our turn to start giving that feedback to others. Christmas is a time set aside for just that purpose.

We forget to show appreciation, or affirm the goodness of others, for much of the year. Birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, these are all small events when we should be giving back to each other. Christmas, however, is a wonderful time of year that lasts not a single day, but weeks. We shouldn’t complain that the Christmas season seems to start right on the heels of Halloween or Thanksgiving’s passing. We should be grateful for whatever excuse has extended the most compassionate time of the year for an even longer period. Just like the lyrics in so many songs, wishing for Christmas every day of the year.

Christmas is a magical time where we’ve all agreed that at this time we need to set aside everything else in life and really focus on what’s most important to us – each other. It’s a time for sitting down with family and saying “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me this past year!”Adorable and cute snowman couple at Christmas

For taking a friend by the hand and saying “Hey! You’re a great person. I believe in you. The way you do this and that is really special, and thank you for this, and I’m so sorry that happened to you but don’t lose hope, don’t lose faith in yourself, and let’s do our best to spend more time together in the future.”

Two happy little girls children hugging and smilingIt’s a time when we can walk up to each other and we don’t have to be shy or embarrassed or afraid to say “Here I am! I love you. I’m here for you. Lean on me. Ask me for help. I’m here – just here for you – whenever you need me.”

It’s a time of year when we take our partner’s hand and it’s not as much about romance and lust as other lover’s days are, it’s about all the times we were there to support each other and be a team and communicate and share life, to share time.

 

One in calligraphy scriptof the worst feelings we can have is to feel alone. And we can feel like that all the time. Even with a family, we might feel like they just don’t understand us, or argue too much with us. Even with a partner we can feel like a distance has grown between us and at the end of the day it’s just us against the world after all. That feeling can be a hundred times worse after a breakup. Even with friends it might feel like they never call, never invite us to anything, never make time for us, never come to our events, never buy us gifts, never seem to value us at all. We show up at the same parties, we hang out and watch movies together, but in the end, when push comes to shove and things get hard, or at the moments of our lives when we really need others, or moments are really special to us, it feels like no one is really there.

 

Lonely girl at Christmas art illustration from DeviantArtLife is busy. Really busy. And it’s not getting any less so. We work too much, we allow ourselves to take on too many obligations we don’t really want. We split ourselves up between too many casual friends and acquaintances, so we neglect to spend the right amount of time with the people who are closest to us, or should be. The people who give us the most, who help us grow the most, who make us happiest, we ignore in favour of some other distraction. We spread ourselves out with TV and cell phones and the internet, thinking we’re being social, but neglecting face time with each other. We get so excited about meeting someone new that we forget to appreciate those who we’ve shared so many good memories with already. Meeting new people can be a good learning process, but maintaining old relationships is a life affirming process.

Relationships are so important. They take away that loneliness we’re so prone to. They help give us confidence and self respect. Having friends and family let’s us know that there are others similar to us, or who approve of us, and by extension, that means we’re good people. It’s social confirmation that we’re making the right choices in life, at least more often than we’re making mistakes. It’s confirmation that we’ve got a good heart, that we’re valuable to other people. It’s confirmation that our lives have real meaning, beyond our own selfish desires and personal achievements. It shows that we’re creating value in the lives of other people.

Beautiful Christmas tree at night with lights under snow

The sheer number of people we know, or who casually call us friend, isn’t important. We can have a thousand people around us all the time, be a real social butterfly, but in the end, these relationships aren’t going to give our life meaning, and aren’t going to really affirm us as a person. It’s having long lasting, deep relationships, relationships we work to maintain, people we put effort and time into. These relationships are what really reflect on us as a person. By going out and showing our appreciation for others, it’s a way of saying, “Hey, the world is a better place because of you, and how you’re living your life, and I hope you keeping on being a part of my world for a long time to come.” That very expression will brighten the lives of everyone we touch. That is what makes the world a truly better place.

Having a tight circle of friends and family that really understand us, that we choose spend a lot of time with, and who choose us back, this really tells us what kind of person we are. And Christmas is the time of year when we set aside everything else that might have managed to get in the way the rest of the year, when we go out of our way to be together with those people, and show them all the love and appreciation that’s bursting in our hearts to give, and all that they deserve to receive.

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Don’t we want certain people to know just how lovable they are, how cute and funny, how cherished, how supportive, how cheerful, how amazing they’ve been this year? Don’t we want to reach down to those mired in sadness, loneliness or depression and raise them up by reminding them of how good they really are, and that we want them in our lives? Or how good they could be if they didn’t give up on themselves? Don’t we want to put smiles on face, joy in hearts?

Appreciation breeds humility and compassion and love in ourselves and others. Don’t we want to be a source of all that? Don’t we want to help encourage that in the people who matter most to us? Don’t we want to feel just a little bit like Santa for a while?

Cool Santa Claus at Christmas with sleigh and bag of presents
Art by Genzoman.

What more meaningful way could we possibly spend our time than to do all that for someone we like?

This in calligraphy script year, and every year after, when the holiday season is once again upon us, let’s remind ourselves of the true spirit of Christmas, and think about who means the most to us, and why. Then let’s go out and tell them, or far better yet – show them. Appreciation is so much more meaningful when shown with actions, not just words. Let’s celebrate with them, exchange presents, write cards, raise a glass, share a meal. Let’s take some of our time and give it to them. When we have given all of ourselves and more, then we’ll have become, to them, the kind of person we want in our own lives.

That is the magic of Christmas. That is what makes the world a better place.

Merry Christmas writing

(This article treats Christmas as a non-religious, universal, inclusive event.)

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A Letter About Bad Decisions

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By Timothy Baril

Dear Us,

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Seriously.

This is a letter about all the bad decisions in the world. The rude, the crude, the lazy, the ignorant, the selfish things we do. The decisions that spread pain and suffering. We make the world more difficult for everyone else each time we make one of these ugly choices. To all of the poor choices out there I want to say this:

Fuck that.

Fuck choosing to smoke. It spreads stink and cancer-causing smoke in public and drags down our health care systems. We’re sick of smelling like an ashtray because of it. Let’s choose health and consideration for others.

Fuck choosing to make smoking legal, when it’s scientifically proven to be harmful to everyone’s health. We knowingly let greedy businesses poison the public just so we can harvest taxes from addicts. By that logic, as long as its taxed properly, we may as well legalize heroine and murder. Let’s choose to outlaw tobacco and do what’s best for our constituents.

Fuck choosing to be fat and forcing stores to carry eighteen different sizes instead of eighteen different styles and placing increasing burdens on our health care systems. We’re surrounded by information on how to live a healthy life, so ignorance is not an excuse. Let’s choose to be healthy and fit.

Fuck choosing to believe that we’re the exception to the rule, the one-in-a-million in order to not be responsible for our decisions. Odds are, we’re not an exception. We’re not allowed to blame rare genes until we’ve proven that the vegetables and exercise don’t work. Let’s choose not to make excuses.

Fuck choosing to be uncomfortable with the word Fuck. Let’s grow up. We should not be scared of words. If we don’t want our kids to use fuck as every second word, then let’s teach them how to use it properly!

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Still just a word though.

Fuck choosing to drink and drive. Fuck even thinking one drink is ok before we get behind the wheel. Killing someone because of our gross negligence is not ok. Let’s choose to drive responsibly.

Fuck choosing to take what we don’t earn and choosing to murder what’s irreplaceable. This applies to corporations and nations too. Let’s choose to take only what we earn and to preserve the sanctity of life.

Fuck choosing think that enforcing the law is more important than thinking about whether we should really have those laws in the first place. Are we someone else’s blind tool, robots controlled by political corruption and greed? Or are we members of our community whose first concern is the welfare of the people we’re supposed to be helping? Let’s choose to question our laws and only have rules that really improve life for all of us.

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Fuck supporting wealth inequality by choosing to make as much as possible, whether we deserve it or not. That applies to the doctors and lawyers who overcharge for services, and double to all the bankers and financiers and stock traders and everyone else who creates so-called wealth out of nothing. Our currency wars, mortgage schemes, empty investments and illusionary economy are hurting all the people doing real work. Let’s choose wealth fairness, where everyone gets what they deserve.

Fuck choosing to make education a commodity, choosing to be more concerned with making profits than raising quality people. Corporate education only seeks to create mindless worker drones and consumer slaves. This is a system designed to create further wealth disparity, and that is totally wrong. Let’s choose a public education system that focuses on creating healthy, wise and cooperative people.

Fuck choosing to become part of the “one percent” and thinking that profit is a good thing. The wealth disparity we create gives rise to most of our social ills. Nothing we can possibly do makes us deserve a thousand times more than anyone else. Profit = unequal. Let’s choose to do away with the ability to be rich.

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Fuck choosing to have and support a military. Whether we’re soldiers or the politicians who send them overseas, our job is murder, and we profit from it. And every dollar spent on guns is a dollar less for education, health care and science. Let’s choose to stop spending money and lives on death and start spending it on life.

Fuck choosing not to believe in evolution. Let’s choose science over imaginative fears and misplaced faith.

Fuck choosing to spend more time with a television than with friends and family because fictional relationships are safer. Let’s choose to spend time with real people and have real relationships.

Fuck choosing to spend more time at work than with friends and family, just so we can buy more things we don’t need. Let’s choose better priorities.

Fuck choosing to rape. And fuck choosing to lump all the great guys in the world with a few bad apples, talking about ‘rape culture’ like men are born with some kind of fault that makes them naturally evil. Let’s believe the best in people and treat everyone with respect.

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Fuck choosing to be a self-absorbed princess-types who think it’s the man’s responsibility to make us happy in life. Fuck choosing to marry for money or status or anything other than true love. Let’s work to be equal partners, and to love and support someone because we believe in who they are.

Fuck choosing to give up on personal fitness and romance once kids come along. We deserve better, and so do our spouses. Let’s choose to be the best we can be for the people we love.

Fuck choosing to have beer guts and never learning to communicate emotionally. Let’s choose to become someone’s knight in shining armor or Prince Charming instead.

Fuck choosing to be parents who use their kids as an excuse. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Let’s stop using our children as an excuse to not be with friends, to never exercise, to stop being involved with our community. Our friends are happy to hang out when our kids are around, and we’ve got friends and family and babysitters to give us time off from parenting. Let’s help each other enjoy our lives and relationships even when we’re parents. Let’s stop trying to do everything by ourselves.

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Fuck choosing to waste food. Let’s produce and eat only what we need.

Fuck choosing to genetically engineering our food without public, scientific oversight. Fuck choosing to smother the land in chemicals that poison the planet and all of us on it. Let’s be smart about how we grow our food.

Fuck choosing to care more about getting re-elected than getting things done for the right people and for the right reasons. Let’s do what’s in the best interests of the people, not our political careers.

Fuck choosing to allow profiteers to hide behind corporate masks, buying our politicians and manipulating our governments. Let’s stop caring more about profits than people and take control of our collective future.

Fuck choosing to be CEOs and other executives with golden handshakes and golden parachutes and golden fucking bathroom faucets in fucking sixteen bedroom mansions. Let’s share our wealth with all the good people doing the actual work in our companies.

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Fuck choosing to be ignorant voters who eagerly swallow wholesale garbage about how to think and feel about the issues at hand. We fought to live in a democracy where we have the power to decide our own fate. Let’s do our civic duty to learn about issues and participate more in politics. 

Fuck choosing to slut-shame our peers or jump on the anti-sexuality bandwagon just to ingratiate ourselves with haters. Let’s support the freedom to choose our own level of sexuality, and to be open about it.

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Fuck choosing to bully others, thinking bullying is a legitimate life strategy. Let’s cooperate and treat each other with respect and dignity. 

Fuck choosing to tie our identity to material things and superficial, meaningless choices such as what we like or don’t like. Let’s base our indentity on values and principles and our relationships.

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Fuck choosing to not give a shit. To not care. To not try. Then somehow finding the energy to insult and drag down everyone that does. Not caring doesn’t make us cool. Let’s care and let’s do our best, because it makes life better for us and everyone around us.

Fuck choosing racism or forcing everyone to think and act the same way. Diversity is a vital necessity in society, in culture, in the living world. Let’s choose to understand that being different is often a good thing.

Fuck choosing believe in imaginary beings more than in ourselves and each other. And worse, using these beliefs to hurt other people. Religious differences having been tearing us apart and causing pain for thousands of years. Let’s choose to believe in ourselves and support each other first, and make the best of this life, together.

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Fuck choosing to make Christmas too commercial, or to give up on it because other people have over-commercialized it. Let’s stop trying to suck the magic out of it for those of us who still believe in love and goodwill towards man. Let’s get out there and make Christmas something worthwhile for us all. 

Fuck choosing to think Halloween is stupid because we’re too scared to wear a costume in public. Why are we trying to make each other feel bad for looking silly or sexy or being enthusiastic about holidays like this? Let’s have fun and encourage each other to dress up and celebrate without fear of embarrassment.

Fuck choosing to reply with a smart-ass ‘witty’ comment instead of something constructive to contribute. Our attempt to be ‘funny’ is still an attack on others. Mockery and ridicule hurt. Let’s try saying something supportive or constructive instead.

Fuck choosing to be a terrorist and choosing to fund them and hide such people. Fuck choosing to opportunitistically jump all over terrorism as an excuse to sell stuff, to get our face on camera, to get votes, and to pass bullshit laws. Let’s spend more time working together, caring about each other and being constructive instead of destructive.

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Fuck choosing to lie, to market with manipulation, to sell insurance people don’t need, and to peddling doomsday scenarios to further our own careers. Let’s be honest and focus on how to make everyone’s lives better, not how to make profits for ourselves.

Fuck choosing to make education a financial burden that many of us can’t afford, and which chains us to shitty jobs for decades just so we can pay off our student loans. Let’s make education cheap and available to all, because the more educated we all are, the better off we all are.

Fuck choosing to Cheat, trying to get something for nothing, or an unfairly better result than the person we’re dealing with. Fuck choosing to approach every situation with a ‘Me Win – You Lose’ attitude. The more we cheat each other, the worse society gets for all of us as we undermine trust and relationships. Let’s be fair and kind to each other, building trust and improving relationships. Let’s think win-win.

Fuck choosing to limit nudity and label anything sexual as somehow immoral or wrong. The human body and sex are COMPLETELY NATURAL. They bring pleasure. They are necessary for reproduction. Let’s stop making people feel ashamed of themselves, which only spreads pain and causes negative self image. Let’s celebrate the human body and support sexual freedom.

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Breasts. Because fuck you they’re awesome.

Fuck choosing to take the environment for granted and raping it for unnecessary, unsustainable commercial purposes. All life is connected, and when we destroy part of it, we put the rest at risk. We’re selfishly putting our future at risk for a shiner new TV. Let’s realize that we live in a highly interconnected ecosystem shared by many other living things and that it is our duty and responsibility to protect the evironment, not just for us, but also for our children.

Fuck choosing to be selfish. That causes nothing but pain. Let’s be cooperative instead.

Fuck choosing to be ignorant. In the age of information, ignorance is no longer an excuse. It’s a choice and ignorance is holding us back from happiness, health and prosperity. Let’s choose to constantly be learning.

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Humanity is a team. Progress and happiness are shared goals and the more we all work together and collaborate, the better off we all are. The reason why we’re not achieving our potential as a species and as communities, is because of all the bad decisions out there sabatoging our team and dragging us down. This includes choosing to be apathetic.

It’s difficult to label people as simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’ because we’re usually a mixed bag of development. We all develop at different rates, and, even within ourselves, different parts of us grow at varying times. At any given time there are parts of us that are awesome, and parts which need a lot of work.

Don’t worry, just because we’re not perfect doesn’t mean we’re a bad person. Even if we’re guilty of making some of the decisions in this letter, we may still be a good person, or at least still have that potential. As long as we’re actively trying to improve and make the best decisions in life, we’re doing our part. We may have made mistakes in the past, but we can be forgiven as soon as we prove we’ve learned and are now capable of better decisions.

Who we are is a result of our decisions, and therefore completely changeable at all times. Who we are is completely within our control. If we want to be good people and take the steps to make that so, it will happen. We must not lose hope in ourselves.

Let’s choose to actively work towards helping humanity become the best team it can be, by being the best invidviduals we can be. For those who are, thank you. We are proud to stand alongside you. 🙂

 

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