I have written three parts of “I Believe,” and what I have realized is that each part reflects where I was at that certain point in my life.

From the first “I Believe,” I would like to share with you one of my favorite passeges:
I believe in dreaming big.
Because anything less will not make us become who we are destined to be.

My favorite beliefs from the second More of “I Believe”:
I believe dreaming big is not enough.
And taking action is the way to achieve my dreams.

I believe crying doesn’t solve things, but it helps me get through them.
And it is not as a sign of weakness.

The third More of “I Believe” includes some of my most favorite passeges:
I believe in limiting beliefs.
And that we all have them whether we realize it or not. 

I believe all people come into our lives for a reason.
Knowing what that reason is makes us grow.

….And now the continuation of More of “I Believe”:

I believe in smiling every day for no reason.
And that these every-day smiles will make a difference in the long run.

I believe the past does not define me.
And that the future is for me to write.

I believe in letting some parts of the past go
to make space for new dreams and goals.

I believe that simple things can lead to a great fulfillment.

I believe if I work hard every day and keep a happy attitude,
I will make a difference in the world.

I believe in love that can grow in surprising ways
if I just give it a chance.

I believe love is the most powerful force in the world,
able to conquer any obstacle.

I believe I am still here for a reason,
and it is my responsibility to figure out what that reason is.

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I have decided to put past where it belongs. In the past. Discovering that at times there is no need to hang on to old hopes because new dreams can be created, and that there is no need to answer all questions, such as what would have been if I just did things differently.

I clearly remember how I always used to look into the future. Nearly to a fault, forgetting to live in the present, always seeking something new and chasing another dream. Since then I’ve learned to enjoy the present moment and all the small things in life. What I didn’t know is that the next stage was to look into the past. And this wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, as it was with learning to live in the moment. This pondering about the past just happened. Why has no one warned me about this new trap? And it truly is a trap, in many ways holding me back from moving forward and dreaming new, big dreams.

Learning from past experiences is valuable. Living in hope and delusion that I can make things better or revive what was in the past is a silly waste of time, preventing new visions of the future. Letting the past go, makes space for new dreams and hopes.

The past belongs in the past.

To truly move on, I’m looking now for a new balance. Finding the fine line between learning from the past, but not living in it or for it. Enjoying the present, but keeping a keen eye on the future. And planning the future, but considering my past learnings, and not forgetting to live happily in the present moment.

Where am I now? What have I learned?

I have great people in my life, and I am very thankful for them being here. Greatful for every moment we have shared and will share together, no matter how long.

Some people just come and go. Some come back. And some I know will stay forever. I have learned what great friends are and how to be one. It is so worth living another day, and having the time with the loved ones to share each other’s happiness and sorrows.

Either in memory or in life, everyone has changed me in some way, whether they and I realized it at the time.

And now I’m sill looking forward to each precious moment with everyone who will share my life with me, creating more memories and hopes for the future.

I decided to smile. Not just smile when I hear something funny or feel good. Just simply smile. For no reason. And I discovered that it is not easy to do all the time.

As different thoughts come into my mind and the day’s happenings unfold, I forget to smile and have to consciously decide to do so. I remind myself of a quote by Anne Lamott that “Joy is the best makeup.” With time it has become easier and the feeling of happiness returns more often.

Smile. When I catch myself and decide to smile, this second becomes instantly a happy moment. With each repetition, seconds turn into hours. And each day becomes a happier day.

Amazing how it works. Worries and fears disappear, and a happy feeling takes over. The power of a smile. It won’t fix difficult moments life brings our way, but by creating a positive attitude, it will make dealing with them easier.

So smile right now. For no reason. And let it put you in a happy frame of mind. Pass on your smile around. These are the makings of a happy day. One smile at the time.

I smile listening to my thoughts, realizing I am happy. I have stopped searching and awaiting the perfect moment to start living. I just am.

I decided that being and doing the best I can every day is enough to be happy. Yes, I can be better and do more, but that doesn’t stop me anymore from enjoying who I am now. And this all started with listening to my thoughts. Thoughts of dissatisfaction and disappointment that I have not accomplished more. That I don’t have my own perfect family. That I don’t have more money. That I don’t have my own successful company.  These thoughts diminished many happy moments I experienced and anything that I did accomplish. How sad.

All through my life experiences, introspective thinking, getting in touch with my feelings, meditating, listening to motivational programs, and setting goals, I missed finding the way to fulfillment. It has been a long journey to arrive at the happy place. Between struggles to achieve my goals and fears of not being able to reach them, I have found peace.

I have learned to be aware of the vast internal life. Each thought is a sound inside, creating happy or sad feelings. These are the sounds of life. I choose the happy sounds.

You know the feeling when things change, our lives take a turn, and a new chapter begins.

Often it is a scary moment especially when we didn’t plan the change. Most of the time we find excitement in such places in life. We find happiness in moments like falling in love or getting married, and we find sadness at times of illness or losing a loved one.

Each experience changes us. And it changes us for life. We feel like a different person. Ecstatically happy or deeply sad. We know right then that things will never be the same. The experience has impact on everything. The way we feel. The way we think. The way we behave. And the way we look at the world.

This is just a part of  living and growing. What we learn through moments like these shapes our futures. We become stronger, more resilient, perhaps more cautious, or just simply happy about what else is ahead of us.

Where are you now? In the beginning of a new chapter, in the middle, or at the end of one? As another chapter is opening, I wonder with anticipation and excitement what it will bring into in my life.

I believe in following my heart.
Because logic alone will not lead me to full happiness.

I believe timing is everything.
And when I’m ready for something the other person may not be.

I believe that I have to love myself first.
Only then I can give unconditional love to others.

I believe in limiting beliefs.
And that we all have them whether we realize it or not. 

I believe all people come into our lives for a reason.
Knowing what that reason is makes us grow.

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