Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…
Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in.
When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world.
Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you. What they say, what they do, and the opinions they give are according to the agreements they have in their own minds…
Taking things personally makes you easy prey for these predators, the black magicians. They can hook you easily with one little opinion and feed you whatever poison they want, and because you take it personally, you eat it up….
But if you do not take it personally, you are immune in the middle of hell. Immunity in the middle of hell is the gift of this agreement.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz 🦋
One of the greatest values in any relationship whether it is with ourselves or with others is integrity. A true test of our integrity is a fierce refusal to compromise it because we know that without it we have nothing. 🦋
Less perfection, more authenticity. 🦋
When a woman respects herself, she intrinsically commands reciprocation and should she not receive it, she will invite you to step up your game or to step off of her playing field, as she would expect you to.
Should you mistakenly demand that she compromise her integrity, dreams or happiness for your own standards and needs, she will not hesitate to walk away, as she would expect you to.
An empowered woman knows that her every choice matters and that her best choice, regardless of how challenging it may be, is to act in harmony with her soul’s code and the whispers of her heart, as she would expect you to.
An empowered woman esteems her inherent worth, dignity and honour and she expects that your love for her will always champion her essential self, as her love for you champions yours. 🦋
Integrity is the fundamental source of self-worth, the soul of success ….
Setting boundaries is healthy self-care. When we say ‘no’ without guilt or shame, we are signalling self-respect, integrity and our commitment to living our lives authentically.
Personal integrity weathers all storms.
Judit e. Szabo
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions.
And the actions which speak louder than the words.
It is making the time when there is none.
Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year.
Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things.
It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
~ Abraham Lincoln
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
~ Keshavan Nair
Artist: Candace Brekke
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
~ Cecil Beaton
Photo Credit: Comeze