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Quotable Thursday – kindness

I often pick Thursdays to showcase quotes that I love or that I’ve been thinking about.  Today, I’m picking a quote on kindness, which seems to be underrated lately.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot lately.  Not only in the recent political battles here in the U.S. and happenings on a global scale, but also in day to day life in our own local communities.  Where has kindness gone?

Kindness, in some people’s minds is seen as a sign of weakness.  Kindness given to strangers, unkind people, or people we don’t like is often viewed as wasted.  But it’s not.  Any act of kindness is worthwhile.  Even small, simple actions can help to brighten someone’s day or bolster someone when they need it most.  People who you disagree with, people who are different than you, nice people, friendly people, neighborhood grumps, and office cranky-pantsers – all of these people deserve kindness, after all, they are all people.

So be kind today, you never know who might need it.

 

Take a chance

I’ve always loved music, sayings, and quotes.  They have that unique ability to impart thoughts and feelings with a memorable punch.

This week’s quote is one I’ve come across recently –

“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” – Sylvia Plath

There are many things I’ve learned over the last year or so and one of the most important is simply this – give people a chance and appreciate others.  There are hidden depths to people – granted some of it can be bad, but some of it can be really good and friendships can spring in the most unlikely of places.

I’ve always been an open person, and since my divorce, I’ve really pushed myself to give people a chance (alas, sometimes divorces can give you trust and self-worth issues).  There are two people in particular who I’ve come across since my divorce and my initial feelings were to stay away…that nothing good would come out of knowing them.  But – in both cases – I’ve been surprised by these new relationships, and definitely for the better.

So , don’t be afraid to get out there and give people a chance…you never know who you’ll meet and what new things you’ll discover.  🙂

Until being strong is the only choice you have

As a writer, I’ve always believed in the magic of words and as a reader, I’ve often felt their power.  Stories and songs have that amazing ability to break through barriers and – teach, show, remind, and reach us.  Quotes can be the distilled form of that magic – few words, with a powerful punch.

One of my favorite quotes is one I’ve found myself turning to many times over the last few years – “you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

And it’s true.

Exactly two years ago was the worst day of my life…

It was the day I discovered my ex was living a double life.

It felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me and I found myself over a yawning pit, struggling to make sense of the truth I’d learned.

It was a day that set my world on fire.

There were many painful days to come – of sorting through the hurt and taking a step back to see that relationship was more toxic than I’d realized and dangerous to my mental health.

But it was also the day I left.

And it was the day that I started to rebuild my life.  It took strength to leave – as it always does – and it took strength to pull myself up and put the pieces of myself back together.  Strength my ex (and even I) didn’t know that I had.

Exactly two years ago was the worst day of my life…Wait, that’s really not true.  It was a terrible day.  A fucking shitty day and it probably turned at least a few of the hairs on my head gray.

BUT, I mark it as my independence day, my anniversary to myself, a reminder of how strong I am and what I can overcome.

And you know what?  My life is so much better now.  I’m healthier, stronger, smarter, more confident, and have more than a little bad-assery in me.  I don’t regret that day or wish it didn’t happen.  It gave me scars but it didn’t break me, it set me free.

And (this is important) – if I can do it, so can you.  Push through that struggle and sucker-punch that shitty day in the face.  Show the world what you’re made of and that this pain can’t break you…that you’ll get past it and emerge stronger and wiser than before.

And when in doubt – repeat to yourself:

Solid foundation

A powerful quote for you today – on building, or more accurately, rebuilding your life from one of my favorite authors:

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. – JK Rowling

photo credit: @prolixme

I feel like that’s so powerful, it deserves a second picture quote with my new Hermione action figure .(That’s right, I have a Hermione doll and I took her outside to pose her on rocks for this quote.  But are you actually surprised by this? 🙂  )

photo credit: @prolixme

Boom, done.

Now we have double picture quote power and hopefully, that drives home the message of Resilience (yep with a capital R).

There will be times when life kicks you right in the teeth, I can promise you this.  Sometimes it will surprise you and other times, you’ll see it coming and still take that sucker punch.  You’ll want to scream, cry, and give up.  Scream and cry, if you must.  I do sometimes and it can make me feel better (I usually try to remember to roll up my car windows before I scream, but hey…no one’s perfect 😉 ).

But don’t give up – not on the things that truly matter.  Rebuild.

Rebuild exactly where you are, there’s no better place.  Take the lessons learned from past mistakes, as they will help create a strong and solid foundation for anything you decide to pursue.

This quote was one of my mantras when I went through one of the hardest times of my life – a messy divorce and the fallout after that extremely unhealthy relationship.  I’d look at the quote when I needed reassurance that my life could be rebuilt and that I was the architect of my own life, my own future.  I could have stayed on my couch crying, but I didn’t.  I rebuilt my life and have come through the other side of that darkness stronger than ever.

And if I can rebuild, you can do it too.  There’s magic in this world to help you…and it’s already where it belongs – inside of you. 🙂

until it’s done – quote day 3

 Sometimes, when a task is before us – the magnitude of what we’ve yet to accomplish can be daunting as deadlines seem to stretch far past the horizon.  I hate that feeling.   If you let it, that anxiety could surround you until you drown. 

But don’t let it. You are the master of how you perceive the world and any challenge that you face. Take a deep breath and remember, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”  And I’d argue that once it’s done, you’ll smile and realize it couldn’t have been any other way. 🙂  

Annie at Gentle Kindness tagged me in this quote challenge and I’ve (obviously) accepted – 3 quotes in three days because well, I love challenges…and quotes.  If you want to play, simply put the link to your site in the comments section and I’ll check out your quotable posts. 🙂

Just where you are – Quotes Day 2

Today’s quote is from  Pema Chödrön, who has written truly inspirational and moving books.  If you haven’t heard of her, or her very wise words, be sure to check her out.

During the hard times in my life, I often turn to quotes for inspiration, motivation, and sometimes solace.  This quote is especially moving for anyone who is looking to start over or begin something new.

“Just where you are – that’s the place to start.” – Pema Chödrön

It’s a whisper of wisdom in those moments of panic where you don’t even know where to place your feet after a fall.  It let’s us know that we can start again, no matter where we are.   We simply have to breathe….and begin.

 

Annie at Gentle Kindness tagged me in this quote challenge and I’ve (obviously) accepted – 3 quotes in three days because well, I love challenges…and quotes.  If you want to play, simply put the link to your site in the comments section and I’ll check out your quotable posts. 🙂

Quotable Thursdays


Quotes have that rate ability to give us advice or insight with very few words.  Their brevity (it is, after all, the soul of wit) is their brilliance.

This quote does an exceedingly good job of reminding us who has the power to change our lives:

“No one saves us but ourselves.  No one can and no one may.  We ourselves must walk the path.” -Buddha

You.  You alone have the power to change you life.  I’m not saying that others can’t inspire or help you (as we know that it is possible), but in the end, you are responsible for helping and changing yourself.

I think of this quote often when I hear people wish for someone to save them, to pull them out of the rut that they’ve been in.  I’ve been guilty of it too – hoping that someone will swoop in and tell you what to do, to save you, or to tell you that you’re right in taking that next step in your journey.

But the truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t wait for someone to come and solve all of your problems.  Because you don’t have to waste your time waiting.  Just like Dorothy at the end of the Wizard of Oz – many people don’t realize that they already have the power to do it for themselves.

(By the way, I hated that part of the movie.  I was so annoyed at Glinda at the end.  Seriously, who makes a teenager go and defeat an evil witch just to go home, when they could have left at any time?  Wtf, Glin?  As a writer, that always seemed like a bit of a cheat or a lazy plot to me.  On a sadder note, this has got to be one of the only quest-like movies with a female lead and no romantic triangles or what-have-you interfering with the quest/plot…wouldn’t it be neat if they re-imagined the movie in a kind of Lord of the Rings manner?  But I digress..)

Don’t wait for someone to come along and rescue you.  Be bold.  Stand up for yourself, kick your own ass into gear, and be your own hero.  You’re the only one who truly can.

Quotable Thursdays

Image credit: Pixabay/Wordswag. Quote: Erin Hanson

Ah quotes, those lovely words of wisdom to help you get through challenging times.

I wish I came across this lovely mini-poem/quote long ago. But alas, sometimes words of wisdom only come when you need them most.

Here’s the full mini-poem:

“There is freedom waiting for you,
on the breezes of the sky.
And you ask ‘What if I fall?’
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”

Erin Hanson, see more of her amazing mini-poetry on her blog: the poetic underground

This quote is for those of us who are tentative and are afraid of failure (of getting our feelings hurt, of being a disappointment, and other things).  Fear is so powerful in its ability to stop us from reaching our dreams that I sometimes think it should be a tangible thing instead of just a feeling. The bottom line is, you don’t have to go into something thinking you’ll fail. And you shouldn’t decide not to do something new because of the chance of failure.  That chance will always be there.

But so will the chance of success, reward, and greatness. Isn’t that worth a little risk?  When you’re faced with something new, always remember that you can succeed too.

So, take a deep breath and go after your dreams. You might fail and fall….but then again, you may succeed beyond your wildest expectations. 😉

Quotable Thursdays

Image credit: Pixabay/Wordswag

I don’t know about you, but words have always been powerful forces for me.  The wrong ones can bring even the strongest person to their knees, but the right ones, they have a greater power – to build dreams, heal, soothe, inspire, and more.

Today’s quote was a staple during my hardest times and I’m sure it will continue to be.  It’s a quote from the beloved character from children’s stories, Winne-the-Pooh.  It’s pretty impressive when you look back on many of the authors of your youth and realize the depth and inspiration that they can bring you many years later.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

I think a lot of us suffer from low self-esteem or poor self-worth.  It seems that sometimes, we have no problem seeing the good in others…and yet we often are blind to the good that resides within ourselves.

I’m not sure why that is or how to stop moments of self sabotage from sneaking up…  Maybe you can never completely silence that small voice of self loathing from popping up inside of you now and then.  But – and of this I am certain – you can prove that voice wrong.  You can look inside yourself and find something good.  And you can remind yourself that you are so much more than that voice can ever tear down.  You are better than you think and you can do more and be more than you think.  You can start again, no matter how big the fall, and become something greater.

And the first step, is to believe in yourself.

Quotable Thursdays – On storms and sailors

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 I love quotes – their messages  are conveyed so succinctly and beautifully.

These brief words often help lift us up and strengthen our resolve.  Short quotes are easy to remember as well, allowing them to become personal mantras – something to whisper to yourself at a crucial moment, reminding yourself to be strong.

I love this quote, it’s especially good if you’re going through a hard time.

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

All of those bumps you encounter along the way make you stronger, wiser, and tougher than you were.  And all that experience with the bad times will help you as you continue your journey.

So keep steering through those storms. And who knows, if you’re a writer all the bad you face today can be the basis of future novels. 😉