Marilyn Monroe once said, “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”. This statement is undeniably true.

I could quote you a million different lines about life, change, motivation, relationships, family, religion or any other number of subjects, or topics if you will. You can pop one fortune cookie after the next but reaching your goals to make a better more valuable and rich life are up to you, or in this case me.

Everything does happen for a reason, you may not know what that reason is or where the road is going to take you but you don’t just stand there and do nothing. People change, everything changes. Learn to accept change because it is part of life and if you want to live you have to be able to adapt. You also need to accept that not everything is always going to go according to plan. I’m not saying don’t plan for things, but be flexible and again, be adaptable. Sometimes things are going to go wrong; sometimes they will go terribly wrong. Don’t get discouraged, in the words of Ayn Rand, “The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, and it is yours”. There are times when everything seems to just fall into place, cherish those times and by all means, share those times with the people in your life.

Honesty is an endangered species in the world these days. People lie all the time; most don’t even know they are doing it. Some people lie so much they can’t tell the truth from a lie anymore. Do NOT be one of those people; be honest because in the end you are only really lying to yourself. If you lie to yourself, then who can you trust if you can’t even trust yourself to be honest? Remember this: Everything that you say and do, can and will, affect the way people see you. Nothing ruins your reputation more than the own words spoken out of your mouth. Chances are if you can’t trust yourself to be honest, people won’t trust you and this leads to failed relationships in love, in family, in friends and in life.

Everything happens for a reason, things go wrong and good things fall apart. Learn to let go, accept and move on. People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. For the people who come into your life for a reason or a season, when the time is right and you are sure it’s time to let go, LET GO! As for the ones who are there for a lifetime, take care of them. Like a plant, water them, fertilize them and talk to them. Cherish and appreciate the things they do and the things they don’t do for you.

Life is short, love freely, smile and laugh often, have no regrets and leave no room for stagnation.