A thought for 5:00 in the morning.

I've been in and out of sleep for the past few hours. And somehow, at this strange hour where I am almost sure no one else I know is awake, I find myself considering a mantra I've been trying to live by recently.

I very strongly believe that you will get out of the world precisely what you put in it. It may not happen immediately; it may not even happen for a long time. I often go weeks, sometimes months feeling as though the universe simply does not want me to either succeed or to be truly happy. But this is silly. We should not allow our misfortunes, trials, or general unease ever dictate or decide what it is that we get out of life as a whole.

Do your best to be kind to everyone. Genuinely try to not hold grudges. It's okay to hurt, and to express feelings of anger, frustration, and unhappiness. When you project kindness onto other people, especially those whom you think need it most and perhaps those whom you are actually afraid to give it to, you will find your own happiness returning to you. When I attempt to reach out to someone - to make them smile, to express concern, anything in that regard - I don't do it because I'm looking for thank you or even a reaction.

I do it because everyone deserves kindness. Whether they recognize that or not is up to them. We do not need credit for being kind, for our credit will come in the returns of life.

Make someone smile today. Tell them that you care about them, even if they don't respond to you. What matters is that you put your good into the world by making other people feel it. You will, too.