The beautiful thing about life is that it’s not beautiful at all. It’s filled with ups and downs; one day you are on top of the world and everything is going your way, the next day you may end up with nothing. The beautiful thing in life that makes it worth while is the connections that we make with people. The simple joy that we get from seeing other people smile. Nowadays the world is moving so fast that we barley have time for real relationships and friendships. If we can all take a second to pause and step back, we’d see the impact that we make on other people’s lives. Our moods can affect those around us, whether they are friends or complete strangers. If we took the time to reflect we would realize that we posses tremendous power to bring joy to someone’s life or bring them pain. Earlier this week I was told that I should focus more on being first, not in the competitive sense, but in the sense of being the first to say hello to someone you don’t know or stepping up to help someone in need. Reflecting on what she said, that’s what I want to be first at and that we should all strive for. Many of us complain about how bad the world is or how messed up things are but we all have the ability to make the world a better place, so why don’t we? We need to start slowing down, we need to work on building relationships and loving those we care about more than focusing on our phones and wondering what to post next. When was the last time you said, “Wow, I didn’t realize we have been talking for so long”? I’m sure it’s been awhile but those usually turn out to be the best conversations and we need to start having more of them. So take the time to slow down and disconnect yourself from your phone and focus on those relationships and friendships. Many people don’t seem to realize the power of positive thinking, that we have the ability to speak anything into existence. We have all faced hard times in our lives but we cannot let one negative thing dictate the outcome of any situation. When you think in a positive manner you can change the outcome of the situation or even change the perspective of the situation. We should all write down what we want, if we believe in it others will too. My dad always said, “It’s not a goal until you write it down”. So if you have a goal or are working on something make sure to always stay positive and speak it into existence. Its 2017, anything is possible if you want it bad enough. We are living in a time where you are able to reach millions through the internet; there is no way that anyone should feel like they can’t accomplish their goals. In the end life isn’t perfect, but if you surround yourself with the right people you can make it your own version of perfect.