Lessons to live by: a Christmas message from a young Australian

Amy is a young, talented Australian, the beloved grand-daughter of one of my close friends, and has this beautiful message which I asked her if we could all share.

“My name is Amy. I am 23 years old and living in tropical Darwin. I’m still finding my way in life, learning from the mistakes I make and discovering who I am one small step at a time. I believe we all have a purpose in life, each and every one of us.. It’s just a matter of finding it.”

Lessons to live by
This Christmas  I want you to look past the shopping list you haven’t started yet…all the presents that still need wrapping, the credit card you had to max out and all that food you have to start preparing.
Remind yourself of the importance of ‘presence’ not presents: presence in your own life, and other people’s. Are you proud of what you’ve accomplished this year? Are you satisfied with the choices you have made? And more importantly, are you happy with the person you are?
Life is busy, uncertain and sometimes out of our control. But somehow in some beautiful way, it is still worth living. Cherish the life that you have, and the people who are in it. Count your blessings, not your curses. And remind yourself that everyone has a story and a purpose, all it takes is for you to listen – because regardless of differences, we each still deserve to be treated with equality and respect.
Love yourself. Whatever insecurities, doubts, fears or flaws you may have – it is important to know that you are worthy, and you are enough.
Let go of any past anger, guilt, pain, regrets or fear. Learn to forgive yourself and others, as hard as it may seem – it’s you who will benefit from it.
Teach yourself to respond to a difficult situation instead of react. Remember to talk without thinking is to miss the point. Be assertive, not aggressive.
Don’t ever assume you know the whole story, everyone deserves to be given a chance.
A person’s physical appearance or sexual orientation does not define who they truly are. When you judge another person, it does not define who they are…it defines who you are.
And finally… we are not perfect, we are only human. But we all have the right to a beautiful life. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
The very gift of ‘presence’ this Christmas is ultimately the most precious gift you can possibly give, for love is the most precious gift of all.
These are just some of many lessons I have learned and also continue to learn in my life. These are lessons to live by.
Merry Christmas 🙂