As I begin to love myself.

This poem is given by Charlie Chaplin when he speaks at his 70th birthday, I love it so much!

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY.”

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call it “RESPECT.”

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “Maturity,”

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE.”
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Desiderata

— written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

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The Invitation

A lovely poem Caroline sent to me: The Invitation by Oriah, hope you like it as much as I do:

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
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Things you wish you know before you go!

Thanks Paige for her email, I just read an article she recommended from Long Term Tips. And I found it totally make sense. What do you think? How many things will you do differently after you read this article?

The working too hard one and the allow yourself to be happy one really speaks to me today. I felt that I have the tendency to work hard on my battle, so I am working on keep the work-life balance recently by being fully present to my family and friends and spend time with them. I am also working on the project that what makes me happier, then implement it. So far, I’ve tried replace my regular breakfast to Power Juicer, take more breaks than I used to and watch more movies when I have time. I find that I do feel happier than before, the list is increasing in the ongoing base, and I fully enjoyed the process.

Ok, without further due, here is the article:

Top 5 Regrets People Make on their Deathbed
By Bronnie Ware (who worked for years nursing the dying)

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
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