“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” ~Michelangelo

“Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.” ~Margaret Mead

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” ~Brian Tracy

“Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.” ~Miguel Angel Ruiz

“God gave is the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” ~Voltaire

Every one of us has been given the gift of life. Whether or not we live it to the fullest is our choice. We can have the gift of life, but it is in living that we are able to give back. Life is a song: sing it like nobody is listening.

Life is a song

Part of being a carefree individual is singing your song to your own tune without hurting anyone else and allowing others the privilege of doing the same.

When you see you are your own melody, and that others belong to their own tune as well, you open up the space for a life that is as beautiful as a personal sonnet.

Unique Beings

If you think about human beings that surround you (for example your immediate family, friends, or coworkers), you probably wonder why they are not a little more like you. It is in this mindset, however, that we get into trouble.

We wonder why someone did not call us back in the timeframe that we would have returned a phone call. Perhaps we expect others to be as polite, kind, friendly, or even thoughtful as we are.

Once we realize and recognize each individual as unique, we tend to see our differences enhance our lives rather than complicate them. Each person is a unique individual in his or her own right. When we begin to take on this understanding, we begin to embrace our own uniqueness, as well.

Acceptance

When we start to accept others for who they are and who they are meant to be, we begin to show unconditional love. When we are finally able to love others unconditionally, we are able to offer the same gift to ourselves.

When we accept others, we accept ourselves—mistakes, imperfections, and all. And, in that acceptance, we can let go of expectations.

Let Go of Expectations

When we have requirements or expectations of another human being, it puts pressure on that person. If we allow others to just be who they are, we can allow ourselves the same opportunity. Of course, you expect people to be prompt, courteous, polite, and respectful, but if they are not, remember it is not personal. These are simply qualities and quirks of their unique personalities that have nothing to do with you.

Don’t Take Things Personally

Once you start seeing each person as an individual and not taking things personally, you will find a cloud lifting like a heavy burden being released. People are who they are. If we take all of their actions personally, we don’t free up the space for open communication because we are ready to do battle right away.

Life is a song, sing like no one is listening. March to the beat of your own drum, sing like no one is listening, and allow others to do the same. When you put these simple rules into practice, you will see how much freedom you have and how much you can now offer to others.

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