He Found His Grandmother’s ‘Inspiration Journal’… What He Read Changed His Life Forever.
Grandmothers are just the best: They smell good, they always have good snacks, and they're full of wise old sage-like advice about how to live our best lives.
When Marc Chernoff lost his grandmother Zelda a few years ago, she left him an "Inspiration Journal." Inside were her favorite quotations, lyrics, and inspirational ideas that moved her, many of which she shared with Mark when he was young.
Not wanting to keep his grandmother's wisdom all to himself, Chernoff compiled 12 of the most poignant pieces of advice that his grandmother gave him and published them so we could all benefit from them. #6 is really, really important.
#1. Breathe in the future, breathe out the past.
No matter where you are or what you’re going through, always believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Never expect, assume, or demand. Just do your best, control the elements you can control, and then let it be. Because once you have done what you can, if it is meant to be, it will happen, or it will show you the next step that needs to be taken.
#2. Life CAN be simple again.
Just choose to focus on one thing at a time. You don’t have to do it all, and you don’t have to do it all right now. Breathe, be present, and do your best with what’s in front of you. What you put into life, life will eventually give you back many times over.
#3. Let others take you as you are, or not at all.
Speak your truth even if your voice shakes. By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before. So walk your path confidently and don’t expect anyone else to understand your journey, especially if they have not been exactly where you are going.
#4. You are not who you used to be, and that’s OK.
You’ve been hurt; you’ve gone through numerous ups and downs that have made you who you are today. Over the years, so many things have happened – things that have changed your perspective, taught you lessons, and forced your spirit to grow. As time passes, nobody stays the same, but some people will still tell you that you have changed. Respond to them by saying, “Of course I’ve changed. That’s what life is all about. But I’m still the same person, just a little stronger now than I ever was before.”
#5. Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now.
Circumstances will direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time. So whatever you do, hold on to hope. The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story – that the change in the tides will eventually bring you to peaceful shores.
#6. Do not educate yourself to be rich, educate yourself to be happy.
That way when you get older you’ll know the value of things, not the price. In the end, you will come to realize that the best days are the days when you don’t need anything extreme or special to happen to make you smile. You simply appreciate the moments and feel gratitude, seeking nothing else, nothing more. That is what true happiness is all about.
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