A Good Heart Always Wins

A Good Heart Always Wins

You must be able to understand that giving does not equate to taking away from all the good you already have built inside you.

I believe in loving others. I believe in loving each and every person you come into contact with. You have the opportunity to leave an impact on everyone you meet, so why not do so. Each of us have so much to offer in so many different areas; it is the beauty in having differences. Where you lack, someone is there to provide.

Where they lack, you are right by their side to fill in the gaps. I am so passionate in the betterment of others. Helping others improve themselves and love themselves more than ever before gives my life meaning. I do not simply want to exist for myself and indulge in selfish pursuits, I want to open my heart and arms out to those who are in need of love and appreciation. You can never be loved or appreciated too much, which is why uplifting others any chance you get is the key to living a happy life.

Sometimes you encounter people that rub you the wrong way. Sometimes you come across people who tear you down, discourage you, and fail to realize your beautiful soul.


You have no idea what these people have been through. Maybe they had a bad childhood, maybe they do not know how to maintain good relationships with those in their lives, maybe they are broken and lash out on others without realizing the negative impact they are leaving on you. In situations like these, you have to rise above. You have to reach into your heart and find compassion for their suffering. Destroy your ego and have a good heart. Move past the concept of eye for an eye. If they are being rude and cold, do not be rude and cold in return. This serves no benefit to either person.

Do not seek revenge. Do not treat others poorly. No matter how dirty they do you, you must treat them how they deserve. They can be an awful person to you and they may simply be an awful person in general, but you must search for potential in others.

It is something we ALL have.

Potential will be more difficult to find in some, and easier to find in others. That being said, do not give up on people.

They do not deserve it just as you do not either. If they cannot see their worth, help them find it. If they think they amount to nothing, draw out a vivid picture of all that they amount to and all they are capable of. Reveal their greatness to them. The best thing you can do for somebody is to help them believe in themselves if they are unable to do so themselves. It takes great strength to love yourself full heartedly while having the best interest of others at mind at the same time. Be strong for you and be strong for those around you. Encourage and uplift everyone!

Let’s be honest, negative people make it nearly impossible to extend an arm to and show compassion for; however, have enough confidence in yourself and know showing kindness to even the rudest people can leave a huge impact without taking away from your own happiness. Having a good heart 24/7 may seem draining, but in the end you must be able to understand that giving does not equate to taking away from all the good you already have built inside you. Rise above and remember: a good heart ALWAYS WINS!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Being Ugly

What it means to me


Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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