A whole year of writing. Wow! I have learned so much from my readers and friends from all over the world. I wanted to share this picture and thought with you because this kind of takes us back to the beginning of Austin's Thoughts: My Way of Thinking. We are all connected and the love we share makes the world a better place. It was my intention from the first post to this one to share love with you all. Love is so BIG! Knowing that you are loved is so incredibly important. It infuses our days with light, joy, and strength that we would not otherwise have.
I loved what was written on the picture above. It reminds me that we can't define ourselves as any one thing. We are all comprised of many things that make us who we are. It reminds us not to separate ourselves but to join in the magnificent experience of being as one. Compassion, understanding, empathy, all come from the knowledge that we are connected. There is no room for emotions like anger or hate when you feel that connection. You would be feeling that negativity towards yourself.
No one is perfect. Don't I know it. But the daily challenge of being better as a person, of trying to give just a little more, of sharing our love makes us stronger. Every time we go that extra mile in the pursuit of making the world a bit more sane, we change things for ourselves and everyone around us. It frightens some people to open their heart. Danger comes with the territory. You might get hurt. But, if you don't give, you will never truly enjoy the peace of receiving. It is worth that pain that can come with the territory.
During the past month or so, I found that my way of thinking isn't right for everyone. I scare people because they don't know how to respond to an open heart. All I can say is I am sorry you feel that way. I won't change the parts of myself that bring me joy. I will continue to share my point of view with my faithful readers all over the world.
Peace and Love,