I think that many people…myself included…can get so wrapped up in whatever our focus is on that we forget the really basic stuff. What life is really all about, and what matters most. As Cinderella said in the movie released last year, “Have courage, and be kind.”
Have the courage to stand up for yourself and not be taken advantage of, abused, or deceived. Know that you ARE special, and important; worthy of respect. Be kind, gentle and trusting in the basic goodness of humanity at the same time.
When you’re coming out of an abusive situation, that can seem really daunting. Knowing where to be kind and when to put your foot down (albeit gently) is a challenge.
Never stop trying to improve yourself and your situation, yet be content with what you have. (Keeping up with the neighbors is sooo overrated.) That seems paradoxical, but really it’s not.
The car I used to have when I was with my girls’ dad had a remote car starter in it. On cold winter mornings, it. was. awesome. I’d go to the window by the driveway about 10 minutes before it was time to leave, and when we went out, the windshield was clear of ice, the car was never frozen shut, and it was nice and warm inside. The car I’m driving now doesn’t have one though. Do I want to get one before this winter sets in? You bet! Am I going to go into debt though, just so I can have the convenience? Hardly. I managed last winter without it too.