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I assume I’m not alone in my sluggish, unexcited mood this Monday morning…

I wanted to share a few (Audrey Hepburn, of course) quotes to help you (and I) start the week off fresh, and with a positive note.

It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so don’t fuss, dear; get on with it.” – Audrey Hepburn

Sometimes we just need a little reminder that the world does not revolve around us. It is so easy to get caught up in the every day distractions and stresses in our lives, that we can forget to take a moment to remind ourselves how lucky we are for what we have, and to also consider others that are in much less fortunate situations than we are. This quote, to me, reflects a sense of selflessness that I hope to adopt & maintain throughout the remainder of my time.

People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn

Forgiveness and restoration in a tarnished relationship is something I struggle with constantly. I can be very prideful and defensive with my emotions, and as soon as I feel they are being underappreciated or taken advantage of, my natural instinct is to detach and “throw away”. It’s always a constant battle between my head and my heart; my head (/pride) warily urging me to act selfishly, and my heart wanting to forgive.

I am trying to teach myself to be less prideful and act more selfless (referring back to the first quote above), but that while helping people you care about that may have crossed you, you must first perfect the foundational relationship you have with yourself and become comfortable in your own skin, first.

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.” – Audrey Hepburn

I identify so much with this quote – such a typical damsel-in-distress type of quote, I know; yet so accurate. I do feel an enormous need to both give and receive sustained affection, but feel like my automatic pride and defense mentioned above interfere my ability to do so.

The point of this post today is to try to help myself remember these underlying points when faced decisions of hardship. No matter how much someone or something makes my skin crawl with annoyance, anger or distaste, I am trying to learn to react with patience and remembrance of these characteristics instead of with my immediate emotions.

Check out my previous post on why I admire Audrey so much here!

XO❤