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2016 has just ended, and of course, all that’s left is to move on and look forward to 2017. But as the new year starts, we have to make sure that the errors we made in the previous 12 months will not be something we repeat. We have to prove that we have learned from our mistakes. And the best way to do that is to look back from the past and take note of those mishaps.

Loving, leaving, and staying are 3 of the major choices you make in your lifetime. They make a vital role in shaping who you are now. The heartbreaks, success, second chances and many other things gave you a glimpse as to where you will direct your path in the future. As human beings, we never cease learning. We continue to find ways to become better individuals not just for ourselves but most importantly, for the younger generation.

Here are three quotes that may help and guide you as the new chapter of your life opens this 2017.

Loving

“The best proof of love is trust.” – Joyce Brothers

What is love without trust? One thing is for sure, it will not last long when a person relies on “feelings” alone. Trust is the very foundation of every relationship. Having faith on someone strengthens the connection that whatever trials you two will encounter, your bond will not easily break. When you put your confidence on someone, you are confiding a part of you and believe that this person will not betray you.

As cliche as it may be, love can never stand alone. It needs hard work, patience, trust, and many other things to survive. When you love someone, make sure that trust is at the centre of it for it is the strongest foundation in every relationship.

Leaving

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”  – Marilyn Monroe

Why does a person leave? Isn’t it to get back up on his feet again and make something better for himself? There are so many factors that would cause a person to abandon ship. Many perceive “leaving” as something negative. But it is an excellent opportunity to test the waters and improve oneself. We can’t stay in the same place forever. The world is too big for one person to remain stuck in the same location.

Staying

Choosing to stay is the bravest choice you could make. The world is brimming with diversities, yet, you took the courage to stick to something without any guarantees that it will last. When you decide to stay, you are limiting yourself to all other possibilities. But, you do not fear to dedicate yourself to that decision because you know it’ll be worth it. In the end, if you find out that staying caused you so much pain, you will never regret the lessons that came along with it.

You will still be making a lot of choices in your lifetime. Whatever decisions you make, whether it’s to love, to leave, or to stay, make sure that you are responsible for its consequences. Praise yourself for the choices you make through delicate carnation flowers. Remember, there is no such thing as a wrong decision, just people who do not stand by it and learn from it.