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Found this as a comment on YouTube ~ Beautiful ~ Enjoy each sacred moment

100 Reasons To Stay Alive ❤️❤️❤️

1. to make your parents proud
2. to conquer your fears
3. to see your family again
4. to see your favourite artist live
5. to listen to music again
6. to experience a new culture
7. to make new friends
8. to inspire
9. to have your own children
10. to adopt your own pet
11. to make yourself proud
12. to meet your idols
13. to laugh until you cry
14. to feel tears of happiness
15. to eat your favourite food
16. to see your siblings grow
17. to pass school
18. to get tattoo
19. to smile until your cheeks hurt
20. to meet your internet friends
21. to find someone who loves you like you deserve
22. to eat ice cream on a hot day
23. to drink hot chocolate on a cold day
24. to see untouched snow in the morning
25. to see a sunset that sets the sky on fire
26. to see stars light up the sky
27. to read a book that changes your life
28. to see the flowers in the spring
29. to see the leaves change from green to brown
30. to travel abroad
31. to learn a new language
32. to learn to draw
33. to tell others your story in the hopes of helping them
34. Puppy kisses.
35. Baby kisses (the open mouthed kind when they smack their lips on your cheek).
36. Swear words and the release you feel when you say them.
37. Trampolines.
38. Ice cream.
39. Stargazing.
40. Cloud watching.
41. Taking a shower and then sleeping in clean sheets.
42. Receiving thoughtful gifts.
43. “I saw this and thought of you."
44. The feeling you get when someone you love says, “I love you."
45. The relief you feel after crying.
46. Sunshine.
47. The feeling you get when someone is listening to you/giving you their full attention.
48. Your future wedding.
49. Your favourite candy bar.
50. New clothes.
51. Witty puns.
52. Really good bread.
53. Holding your child in your arms for the first time.
54. Completing a milestone (aka going to college, graduating college, getting married, getting your dream job.)
55. The kind of dreams where you wake up and can’t stop smiling.
56. The smell before and after it rains.
57. The sound of rain against a rooftop.
58. The feeling you get when you’re dancing.
59. The person (or people) that mean the most to you. Stay alive for them.
60. Trying out new recipes.
61. The feeling you get when your favourite song comes on the radio.
62. The rush you get when you step onto a stage.
63. You have to share your voice and talents and knowledge with the world because they are so valuable.
64. Breakfast in bed.
65. Getting a middle seat in the movie theatre.
66. Breakfast for dinner (because it’s so much better at night than in the morning).
67. feeling of being loved
68. Forgiveness.
69. Water balloon fights.
70. New books by your favourite authors.
71. Fireflies.
72. Birthdays.
73. Realising that someone loves you.
74. Spending the day with someone you love.
75. Spending the whole day in bed.
76. Eating a whole pint of your favourite ice cream.
77. Floating in water on your back and just staring up at the sky.
78. First dates (even the bad ones make for funny stories.)
79. Bonfires and s'mores.
80. Relationships where you love someone but aren’t in love with them.
81. Coming home to someone you love.
82. The colour of autumn leaves when they change. Summer.
83. Singing songs at the top of your lungs with your friends.
84. Cuddling.
85. Being wrapped up in a warm bed.
86. Someone’s skin against yours.
87. Holding hands.
88. The kind of hugs when you can feel a weight being lifted off your shoulders. The kind of hug where your breath syncs with the other person’s, and you feel like the only two people in the world.
89. Singing off key with your best friends.
90. Road trips.
91. Spontaneous adventures.
92. The feeling of sand beneath your toes.
93. The feeling when the first ocean wave rolls up and envelops your toes and ankles and knees.
94. Thunderstorms.
95. Your first (or hundredth) trip to Disneyland.
96. The taste of your favourite food.
97. The child-like feeling you get on Christmas morning.
98. The day when everything finally goes your way.
99. Compliments and praise.
100. to look on this moment in 10 years time and realise you did it.

PS: there are so many beautiful things to live. so live, and live, and live.

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Radical Self-Acceptance



Radical Self-Acceptance

by Kelly Wendorf


Being human and ordinary, we will often fail

to love the whole, the dark, and the difficult parts.

We will always try to avoid something.

We will tremble. We will be blind.

We will e uncertain. We will continue t hurt

one another and miss the essential.

We will always need mercy and compassion.

                                              — Gunilla Norris


When I was a child, I learned early on that people were very pleased with me if I was the person they wanted me to be—polite, kind, generous, good-tempered, quiet. But while I could be those things, I was also, like all children, much more than that — talkative, moody, shy, selfish, unkind. Being a pleaser, I strove hard—at a great personal cost—to be the things that people liked, and to bury the things they didn’t. Later as a young adult, that habit disguised itself inside my authentic yearning for spiritual meaning. Inside that virtuous veil, it became an even more insidious, self-destructive force. The doctrines of most theologies, when listed through the filter of childish yearnings to please, sound exactly like the voice of our parents: be good, be kind, strive for right action, be quiet, be slow. God is said to be in heaven, and all things holy are above. And so, with my map and compass in hand, my GPS set to ‘up’, I became, not a finder, but a seeker.


At first, seeking is a noble journey. But at some point, if the journey doesn’t provide some kind of finding along the way, a beautiful view, a small shrine decorated with flowers on the roadside, an undiscovered glade of fruit trees, then the seeking takes us farther from home. Poked and prodded along by words like transformation, evolution, change and the big banana—enlightenment, we become what non-dualist teacher Ramesh Balsekar called ‘miserable seekers’.


Part of what keeps us feverishly seeking, never allowing us to rest and delight in the miracle of what is, is a tiny yet incessant voice that dogs us—a terrier at our ankles, biting and barking, telling us we are not quite good enough as we are, we are not the person we should be. We must be more light, more open, more ‘up’ there. Shamefully carrying our satchel of all things dark, this voice is nothing but violence in saintly clothing.


At some point, if we are lucky, we take a small quarter turn and listen to ancient wisdom not with the ears of a child, but with a heart perhaps weary from constantly trying to fly skywards. ‘The way to God is down,’ writes Quaker and educator Parker Palmer in his book Let Your Life Speak - Listening for the Voice of Vocation. ‘…the self is not set apart or special or superior but a common mix of good and evil, darkness and light; a place where we can finally embrace the humanity we share with others.’


What if we have already arrived. What if this is it? That our unique combination of gifts and challenges, strengths and weaknesses, virtues and vices were, not only enough and ok, but perfect. To some, this may feel too radical. How can we do good in the world if we don’t curb our laziness, or our greed, or…? But think about the times we’ve forced ourselves to give love when we had none, or give time when we were out of it, or be something we are not. Parker continues, ‘Some may say that this embrace is narcissistic, an obsession with self at the expense of others, but that is not how I experience it. When I ignored my own truth on behalf of a distorted ego and ethic, I caused others pain…I now know that anything one can do on behalf of true self is done ultimately in the service of others.’ What if real service means to recline into the person we are, learn who that person is, love and accept him or her, and live humbly from the gentle holding of all that we are in one open hand?


Recently I attended my first private yoga session with a gifted instructor, Sonia. I was moving into and out of a pose—doing it ‘right’, breathing slowly and deeply, moving slowly into position. Noticing that I was becoming dizzy and out of breath, she stopped me and asked me to move instead at my own pace. I can be by nature, fast, and my breath, at least at that moment, was more shallow and quick. 'You must meet yourself where you are at', she said. ‘When you don’t, everything goes haywire.’

I rolled my eyes. ‘Story of my life,’ I said.


Jesuit priest and gifted writer Anthony de Mello’s final recorded words before his sudden death in 1997 were these:

Don’t change. Change is impossible, and even if it were possible, it is undesirable. Stay as you are. Love yourself as you are. And change, if it is at all possible, will take place by itself when and if it wants. Leave yourselves alone. The only growth-promoting change is that which comes from self-acceptance.


But before you head out the door, cast your morality aside, and turn self-acceptance into a new stick with which to hit yourself, remember what poet Gunella Norris wrote above. We’ll continue to do all things, right and wrong, including fail to love the difficult parts of ourselves. So in the end, all we can do is ask for mercy, from ourselves, from each other and from Life itself.




Kelly Wendorf is a writer, author, public speaker, facilitator and social entrepreneur.
Having spent much of her life between the Native lands of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, to the
devotional places of India, and finally the vast expanse of Australia, she has spent years exploring
the practical application of spiritual awakening to daily life, social change, sustainable.....

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