It's really interesting to me how when I need a good dose of inspiration that it usually turns up in the most unlikely of places. About a month ago I was sifting through profiles on an online dating site when I saw one that really made me sit up and take notice. It wasn't the pictures (although they are very attractive), it was the words and the message. Since then I've read and reread that profile about a hundred times, and each time I take away something new. Here are 10 things I've learned from this one profile:
1. Character and authenticity matter. 2. Don't settle for less than you deserve. 3. It's ok to be a strong woman; not every princess needs to be rescued. 4. Love what you do and make a positive difference in the world. 5. Enjoy everything life has to offer- the beauty of nature, the soul-stirring sound of music, the amazing diversity of world cultures. 6. Take care of yourself so that you can be an active participant of life instead of just a spectator. 7. Read good books and never stop learning. 8. Have faith in things beyond what you can see with your own two eyes. 9. Be compassionate, kind and non-judgmental for everyone is fighting their own battle daily. 10. Do things that you are passionate about, and use that passion to make a difference in a positive way.
I've spent a lot of time thinking about those words. I really took them to heart and used them to examine my own life to see areas in which I might need improvement. My goal for the past several months has been to focus on being more positive and this profile was just the thing I needed to hear to keep me going on that path. In fact, it made me feel like those words were everything I've been looking for but couldn't form into a conscious thought. Going back to the concept of the Law of Attraction in my previous post, in order to attract this kind of person, these are the attributes I need to strengthen in myself.
I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to meet the guy behind the words. I sent him a couple messages before I realized that he hasn't logged in since April. But even if I never meet him in person, those words left an indelible impression on both my mind and heart. Whoever and wherever he is, I just want to say thanks for the inspiration.