“To find happiness, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, and something to inspire you.” – Bilal Zahoor
I heard a country song today in the car that caused me to think. I know, me, think? WOW! No, my brain doesn’t hurt. And yes, I do listen to country music, because I love that it tells a story. It also typically sparks some emotion in me to be released that I may not have had if I didn’t hear the song.
What song was it? To be honest, I don’t recall. I don’t recall the title of the song, or the artist. Nor do I recall the substance of the song. So, you must be wondering, what do I remember that was so relevant? Well, I will tell you. I remember two words from it…
Yep, those two words stuck with me all day until this very moment, as I sit here writing.
“Holding on” is something that so many of us do every day, in so many facets of our lives. Holding on is so very important and I am going to share with you when and why we need to continue to “hold on”…
- Hold on to your sense of self. As you age, you will encounter many people who will try to change you. Don’t let yourself be changed.
- Hold on to your self-worth. Don’t let any person make you feel any less about any part of yourself — in your personal life, in your relationships, or at your place of work.
- Hold on to your reputation. People say that a good reputation is more valuable than money. But, you also have to make sure that your reputation is not a fabricated one. Be sure that your reputation matches your true self, and hold on to both of those.
- Hold on to your values. Not sure of what your values are? Then at least hold on to these: hard work, authenticity, compassion, contribution, kindness, happiness, and respect.
- Hold on to your opinions. They are a reflection of you, and you are entitled to them. Be respectful to others, but remain steadfastly true to your own opinions, while approaching other people’s opinions with open-mindedness.
- Hold on to your loved ones. Literally. Hold on to them — more than you think you should; tighter and longer. Life moves fast and we need to hold on to those we love, so we don’t get separated along the way.
- Hold on to your hopes and dreams for the future. They will inevitably come true if you tirelessly pursue them and are patient.
- Hold on to your optimism. Mary Lou Retton is quoted as saying “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”
Whatever you do with your life, hold on to what’s important.
It’s that simple.
When you feel like letting go…DON’T.
Just keep holding on.