"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."
Jonathan Carroll (via kbfoto & Ms.MAC)
"When you cannot see the beauty in yourself, think about this: Have you ever seen the beauty in others? The beauty of someone’s compassion? Their kindness? Their acceptance? The beauty of someone’s smile? Their laughter? Their carefree spirit? Have you ever seen the beauty in the world around you? The beauty of a sunny day, a rainy day, a sunset, a sunrise? The beauty of the leaves in the fall or a butterfly soaring by? All of this beauty that you see, that you perceive…is also in you. All of it. You would not be able to perceive all of this beauty, if it didn’t also exist within yourself. You may not see it now, but the next time you notice the beauty of someone or something, appreciate it & remind yourself that this beauty, this light, this radiance is also within you."
l.i.u. (via loveinspireuniversally