“You are good enough. Most people are afraid to do things because they are afraid they’re not good enough, afraid they’ll fail. But you are good enough — learn that and you won’t be afraid of new things, won’t be afraid to fail, won’t need the approval of others. You’ll be pre-approved — by yourself.
All you need to be happy is within you. Many people seek happiness in food, drugs, alcohol, shopping, partying, sex … because they’re seeking external happiness. They don’t realize the tools for happiness aren’t outside them. They’re right inside you: mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, thoughtfulness, the ability to create and do something meaningful, even in a small way.
Learn compassion. We start life with a very selfish outlook — we want what we want. But compassion is about realizing we are no more important than everyone else, and we aren’t at the center of the universe. Someone annoys you? Get outside of your little shell, and try to see how their day is going. How can you help them be less angry, less in pain?
You need no one else to make you happy or validate you. You don’t need a boss to tell you that you’re great at what you do. You don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to tell you that you’re lovable. You don’t need your friends’ approval. Having loved ones and friends in your life is amazing, but know who you are first.”
Mostrei a carta para um amigo antes de postar aqui e ele falou que o cara é, com toda a certeza, um leitor de Walden. Realmente, o que está nessas linhas é praticamente um manual de self-reliance, que eu acho super importante… E, o mais importante mesmo, é que self-reliance não está nem de perto relacionado a alguns outros selfs da vida (self-centered, por exemplo) e pode andar de mãos dadas com fazer o bem, para você e, por meio disso, para os outros.
Loved it :)