mysimplereminders:

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen.” — Saint Francis

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themiracleforest:

If you’ve read my book, I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

Thirteen-year-old Regina White is surrounded by monsters. At least that’s the conclusion she has come to after watching the news every night and protecting her best friend from bullies every day.

However, this view is put to the test when Regina is taken to the other world, Andara, where talking trees, dragons and fauns are not the only residents; in this world, too, monsters are lurking. And these ones are closer to Regina than she would have thought.

Accompanied by friends who have also been brought to Andara, Regina sets off to explore this land that so many are scared to see. Through unexpected trials, Regina is faced with the possibility that her thoughts about people might have been wrong when she realizes that behind every so-called monster, there’s a story.

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You only have one life to live. 

You only have this day today. 

You only have right now.

You make it as it happens. 

No other forces can dictate on you. Yes, you may react to outside elements, but what you do is still on you. You alone are responsible for you. You alone know what to do, what to feel, what to think. External elements — your upbringing, your DNA, your faith, your hopes, dreams, motivations and aspirations — may be factored in. Scratch that: THEY MUST BE FACTORED IN. 

Because at the end of the day, you will have to face up to what you have done, and what you didn’t do. You will go through the consequences of all your decisions. You have someone with you, but it’ll still be you — on your own — who will have to deal with how it will affect your future.

So breathe in. Inhale. Take it all in. The now. Plan as much as you can. Pray as hard as you can.

Then push on. Exhale. Strive for variety. Strive for novelty. Strive for adventure. Be flexible. Be resilient. Be forgiving.

Learn from every moment, every mistake. Love. Live.

I know you can do it.

Believe that you can too.

Stuff I tell myself to remind myself that there is so much beauty in all the possibilities out there.

Stuff I hope to impart to my students and future children.