I think you can’t fake happy times, maybe once, twice? If you’re acting you’ll be sick of it and eventually stop. But if there has been YEARS of happy times, it has to be real. It just has to and it is.
“When you don’t fit in, you become superhuman. You can feel everyone else’s eyes on you, stuck like Velcro. You can hear a whisper about you from a mile away. You can disappear, even when it looks like you’re still standing right there. You can scream, and nobody hears a sound.
You become the mutant who fell into the vat of acid, the Joker who can’t remove his mask, the bionic man who’s missing all his limbs and none of his heart. You are the thing that used to be normal, but that was so long ago, you can’t even remember what it was like. ”—Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes (via fckyeahfangirl)
“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”—Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper (via ivannori)
People overlook their influence; for every action there is a reaction, for every cause there is an effect, this is the way of our lives.
The most powerful of humans can cause a multitude of people to react, and all from a single action. For this very reason, I think people often overlook their power, because we all have this ability.
Each time we do something habitual in front of someone, for example we swear and curse in front of a child, this child may now think that behaviour is acceptable, or on the contrary the child may see the anger associated with swearing and find it repulsive.
We may hug someone we care for in front of our colleagues or peers, they may in turn go home and show their parents the love they have for them through a hug, because they have seen that it is acceptable through us.
The point I’m trying to get at, is that we all have the ability to literally change how people think and act and not through some malicious intent or forceful ways, just through us being ourselves—that’s true power.
With power comes the responsibility of knowing how and when to use it, which will only get better with practise.
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all this time….it’s because he wants to stay inside.”—
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.Words of pow’r that can never fail-
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us-
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.