The only real purpose to any life is the commitment one shows to helping others; to nurturing and supporting those who need it most.

Maya Angelou said something about that…I’ll misquote her but the point she made was that people will forget what you said and what you did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.

It is vital that we validate and celebrate those whom we encounter, whether friends and relatives or passing acquaintances, because we have no idea just how important that validation may be to that individual.

Never doubt that we all struggle, in one way or another, and we could all benefit from a little more compassion and a gentle acknowledgement that we are not entirely alone.

Many of us silently struggle with challenges and many feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness and isolation. Many go through extended periods of self-doubt and battle with feelings of hopelessness.

Be the one to smile and put your own struggle aside, for a moment, for 20 seconds then 20 more; listen and really hear the answer to your question, “How are you?”

You’ll be surprised how differently you hear the answer when you truly listen and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about your own struggles when you actively practice empathy.

Do we have a deal? Maybe you already do this. Maybe you, like me, need a little reminder to do it a little more.

So, let’s set the world on fire with love and compassion. Positively participate in your life and the lives of those around you.

As I like to remind myself – we are not humans having a spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings having a human experience and that experience involves, perhaps demands, challenges and physical, mental and/or emotional struggles.

So, give yourself a break, give those around you a break and be kind, rather than blind to the hidden battles and battle scars of those around.



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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