3 New Signs You’re Doing Just Fine (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 143)
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”
— C.S. Lewis
Your life now and your dream life are never so far apart as your next decision. The choices you choose to make bear the most consequence. Nobody else can make that one choice that makes the dominoes fall forward and lays out a path before you that will get you to your dreams faster than you realize. Things don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be willing to believe. You’re doing just fine if you start believing things are possible.
Here are 3 signs you’re doing just fine:
1. You realize other people have opinions too. One of the things that every individual must develop is maturity. And one of the ways we show maturity is that we are secure to let other people have their opinions. We are willing to listen, open our eyes to new ideas, and expand our minds to new ways of thinking. Realizing that all people are entitled to their opinion makes us more understanding of the world and the people in it.
2. You have sympathy. Life is much more than just work and play. There are grey areas. No matter who you are as a person or what you do, you are missing an important element of a balanced and well-lived life if you lack sympathy. Experiences — sadness and joy, tears and smiles, love and hate, success and regret — make up the crux of humanity. You’re doing just fine in life when you cease to judge and instead try to understand.
3. You build real friendships. One of the most wonderful things in life is to have real friends. People who love you and accept you for who you are and don’t make you apologize for what you do. They are always by your side. They offer a shoulder to cry on and celebrate your success. Friendship is a reciprocal process. You give and take, and learn, grow, and love each other. Real friends are rare but if you have a few, you’re doing just fine.
“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”
— Henry David Thoreau