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Jun 23, 2020

The Power of Words

By Michelle Graff-Radford, HABIT Yoga Instructor, @michellegraffradford

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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.”

―Melody Beattie


“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

―Joseph Campbell


“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.”
―Alphonse Karr


“We would give anything for what we have.”

―Tony Hoagland



“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”

―Erma Bombeck


“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.”
―Randy Armstrong


“Don't believe everything you think.”
―Thomas E. Kida


"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."

―Mark Twain


“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

―William James


“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.”

―Robert Brault


“Would you rather be right or happy?”

―A Course in Miracles


“Resentment is letting someone else use your mind rent-free.”

―Wayne Dyer


The secret of relationships is the same as living in California: Don’t dwell on the faults.”

―Jay Trachman


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.


"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day" Alice Morse Earle

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