NOTE: This is a guest blog by Thuy Yau
A friend of mine once criticized me for being “too nice.”
She thought that I needed to change, otherwise I’d be taken advantage of one day.
Funny thing is, it was actually being “too nice” that saved my life.
In a previous post, I wrote about how I went through a tough time and believed that life wasn’t worth living.
But one afternoon, I reached out to my friend, who was in a really bad place.
I sat with him for several hours in his car, reassuring him that his life was worth something.
When I saved my friend from ending his life, I got out of the hole that I’d been living in.
I no longer thought that it was only about me.
I stopped looking only at my pain – and realized we are all struggling in some way.The pain within me helped me to feel deep empathy and understanding for the pain within others.
I discovered I had a passion for wanting to help the people who were in pain – the people who needed saving.
I realized that I was destined to help others.
In that moment I had finally found my purpose -my direction for my life.
I was alive to help the world become a better place.
I believe there is good in all of us.
I believe we are capable of doing great things with our lives.
I believe our mistakes don’t have to define us.
Just like Karen Salmansohn says in her INSTANT HAPPY book:
“Every day is a new opportunity to change your life. You have the power to say ‘This is not how my story ends.’ You have the power to rewrite your destiny.”
When I read these words book they truly resonated with me, because I believe…
I decided to take control and move forward with my life. I went on to study Psychology at University. I went on to meet my husband and have 3 beautiful children. I went on to become a writer, inspiring others to lead a better life.
Your life isn’t over. Not by a long shot.
For as long as you are still living and breathing, you have the chance to change it.
By taking control of your life, you are taking control of your happiness.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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