Sunday, January 23, 2011

An Open Letter

Dear Friend,

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. ~Author Unknown

Never allow someone's opinions to define you or your self-worth.  Realize your beauty, your potential and how much you contribute to the world while the nay-sayers of the world speak with sharp tongues and unkind intentions.  You are so strong and brave...especially since you don't think so and that is one of the most amazing things about you:  your humility.  You don't even realize how much you impact my life, other's lives, the WORLD and yet you feel that you can do more.  And that is the beauty that is uniquely YOU.

Stand up for yourself.  Demand respect. And if all else fails, BE love in all that you do.  There will still be troubled times but give yourself the upper-hand by showing grace and compassion.  Breathe peace into the faces and lives of everyone who needs a bit of it.  Those people who cause the problems?  They just don't have enough peace in their souls.

Take my words for what they are...markings on a screen.  I tend to forget my own words, thoughts and beliefs (I'm blessedly imperfect, after all) but when I come together to deal with sharp tongues, having a peaceful heart prevails.

Thank you for being you.

Sending much love, kindness, patience, peace and Simon and Garfunkel your way.
Amanda

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