To Help You Love Life (a little more)

I have an obsessive compulsive disorder!

Yes, you read that right. I am unnaturally addicted to reading. Thrice, my mother has caught me reading straight for 20 hours without consuming water, food or getting up from my larger-than-life chair.

Before you conclude that I am a weirdo (which I sort of am,but still), I want to clarify that this has happened only thrice in the past two weeks. 

It isn't as if I don’t like humans. I just find words magical and their power even more extraordinary. Words have benefited me in a way so inexplicable that it stuns me every time I think about it. And ultimately have affected the way I have lived my life. The day I started reading was the day my life changed. I’ve become better! Better with people, with life, with relationships, and everything in general.

So, today, I’d like to share some words (read: quotes) that have inspired and influenced me immensely. And I really hope they work wonders for you as they have for me.

This is a gift, from one heart to another.

1.“And if there is one thing that I must say to you, it is this: Don’t think that the person who is trying to comfort you now lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes give you pleasure. His life has much trouble and sadness, and remains far behind yours. If it were otherwise, he would never have been able to find those words.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

2.“Avoid head trash. Don’t be a garbage can for anything that does not feed your intellect, stimulate your imagination, or make you a more compassionate peaceful person. Refuse to open your mind to other people’s trash. Tune out anything that promotes conflict or controversy. This can infect you with a mind virus of cynicism, or defeat, and you won’t even know it!” - Rants of a Beautiful Mind

3.“You have such a big heart; you’re bound to have it bump a couple of things along the way. Never make it smaller so that your journey will be easier because there might come a time when you will need the magnitude if your heart to help others in life. No one wishes the sun to be smaller so that they can find their way west or the north start to find their way home. Be grateful for your big heart for each bump brings new life.”- T.B LaBerge

4.“It is okay to want your own happiness. It’s okay to care about yourself the most. You are not obligated to sit there and smile and swallow every bit of crap everyone heaps on you. You have a right to protest your mistreatment and set boundaries for respectful interactions. The rest of the world doesn’t realize you have this right, and they will act offended and appalled when you exercise it, but it is yours.”- Unknown

5.“Don’t be ugly. Be beautiful, instead. It has nothing to do with the way you look, but everything to do with how you carry yourself, how you engage the world around you. Your thoughts and your sentiments- the way you treat your fellow man. The thousand secret sacrifices you make- the tender way you hold another’s hand. Because the kind of beauty that truly matters is not the one which with we’re born, but the kind that lets us see no difference, between the rose and its thorn.”- Shakier Orgunwall

6.“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important. You need to worry about this! And this! And this! And about this!’ And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, ‘No.This is what’s important’.” - Iain S. Thomas

7.“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”- Unknown

- Shakshi Singh