“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.”
People don’t determine your worth.
Your body doesn’t determine your worth.
Society doesn’t determine your worth.
Your past doesn’t determine your worth.
Your future doesn’t determine your worth.
Your talents don’t determine your worth.
Your shortcomings don’t determine your worth.
Your relationship status doesn’t determine your worth.
Your clothes don’t determine your worth.
Your occupation doesn’t determine your worth.
Your mistakes don’t determine your worth.
You are worthy.
You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done - but simply because you are.
— Max Lucado
“Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.”
— Marc Hack