Words can be powerful. Sometimes, a quote, a poem or a passage can touch our hearts and express what we are feeling. It reminds us that we are not alone.
The right words can help us to overcome fears, inspire hope, make us laugh or be the impetus for changing our outlook.
A few simple words can open the way to finding peace or even joy in the present moment, despite what is happening in our lives.
I would like to share some quotes that have lifted my spirits.
Gratitude and Acceptance
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
― Nelson Mandela
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
“We would give anything for what we have.”
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.”
“Don’t believe everything you think.”
―Thomas E. Kida
“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
―Attributed to John Lennon and Brazilian writer Fernando Sabino
“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”
“Would you rather be right or happy?”
―A Course in Miracles
“Resentment is letting someone else use your mind rent-free.”
“The secret of relationships is the same as living in California: Don’t dwell on the faults.”
You may wish to keep some inspirational quotes handy, so you can read them whenever you feel the need to brighten your day.
Please share some of your own favorite quotes that have comforted you, inspired you or reminded you what is really important.