A Love Letter to Myself

Photo by Jessica Kobeissi

“Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.”                                         Photo by Jessica Kobeissi 


Dear Me,

As I write this letter only a couple weeks after the New Year and right after my birthday, I cannot help but embrace the moment. A part of me wants to reminisce on the triumphs and tribulations of 2016 but I have made a commitment to live in the present. Any time I start to dwell on the past, I ask myself: “So what, now what?” The time is now. What can I do at this very instant that will not only add value to my life but also serve others? I will use the power of words to motivate me and inspire my readers to connect with their intentions on a deeper, spiritual level. I want to be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

Atticus once said “She was powerful, not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” I have found that most of my choices in life boil down to two emotions: love and fear. Anytime I choose love, I feel passionate, excited, authentic, scared yet unstoppable and I lose track of time. Anytime I choose fear, I feel guilt, safe, inauthentic, stressed, defeated and like I’m constantly waiting for something. My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to always let the power of love overpower my fears. Whenever you feel like you’re holding back in life, ask yourself what you are selling out to? Is it to look good, be right, be comfortable or to be safe? This is your life on the line and it is time to start living everyday like it’s your last.

Refrain from using the “I don’t have time…” excuse. You have the same amount of hours in a day as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and many of the world’s other influential leaders have/had. The key is to start small but dream big. Get clear with your vision for yourself and your vision for the world. Once you are confident with your vision, it should scare you because that means you’re up to something. Then, through committed action and alignment with the universe, you will manifest your masterpiece.

Just remember you are not your results and to be kind to yourself. You need to experience a breakdown to have a breakthrough.

Brace yourself…this next one is going to be challenging for you. I know you are a certified storyteller, but you are not your story.

Oh, and remember that having conversations with yourself is sometimes the best medicine. If you want to change your life, change the way you talk to yourself.

Don’t forget your favorite motto: Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.

In Love & Peace,

Hoda Winkler

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