“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
“When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.”
“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
Michael J. Fox
“The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.”
”If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.”
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”
“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”
“Self-love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.”
“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today.
Marcus Valerius Martialis
“If you want to do a good deed, do it now. The time will pass, and you will not have the chance again.”
“When we aggregate with those who are similar to ourselves, we create scale. When we aggregate with those who are unlike ourselves, we create complexity.”
When you’re wrong, admit it. When you’re right, be quiet.
A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.
Remember it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.
“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
Life is too short to waste time. Doing nothing is an expensive choice.
It costs $0.00 to be a decent person.
What comes easy won’t last. What lasts, won’t come easy.
Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake.
Leadership’s not a title. It’s a behavior. Live it.
Life is about making an impact, not an income.
Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they want to be.
Remember that your greatest talent is so much more powerful than your biggest fear.
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
You fix it by being kind to every being you meet.
Claudia Hall Christian
Dear haters, I couldn’t help but notice that ‘Awesome’ ends with ‘Me” and ‘Ugly” starts with ‘U’
If plan A fails, remember there are 25 more letters.
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it.”
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens.
Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.
Sue Monk Kidd
“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny.”
Martin Luther King
“Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.”
Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.
“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”
Hamilton Wright Mabie
I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing Light of your own Being.
Your kindness will light up someone else’s dark night.
Claudia Hall Christian
“May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart!”
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau
Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes.
There are not strangers here. Only friends you haven’t yet met.
William Butler Yeats
When I see that my thought is incapable of understanding, that its movement brings nothing, I am open to the sense of the cosmic, beyond the realm of human perception.
Jeanne de Salzmann
The question you should be asking is, “Can I do one small thing tomorrow to make things a little bit better?”And the answer is almost always yes.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Some people react to fear by seeking security, change, control. The rest accept the change and just go on about their lives.
When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe,
abolitionist and writer
The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.
Your time is your life. Period. How you spend it ends up being what your life is.
psychologist and leadership consultant
Integrity is formed, not born, one decision at a time.
There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only that is foreign.
Robert Louis Stevenson,
I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.
If you can’t get what you want, you end up doing something else, just to get some relief. Just to keep from going crazy. Because when you’re sad enough, you look for ways to fill you up.
Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge: A Novel
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
You know when, sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, and you meet them and you think, ‘Not bad; they’re okay.’ And then you get to know them, and their face sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Isn’t it weird how you can actually feel the pain in your chest and stomach when something really hurts your feelings
Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
I think part of me was born loving you.
For many, love is a two-sided coin. It can strengthen or stifle, expand or enfeeble, perfect or pauperize. When love is returned, we soar. We are taken to heights unseen, where it delights, invigorates, and beautifies. When love is spurned, we feel crippled, disconsolate, and bereaved.
It’s no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.
People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.
It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.
I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone – you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.
Alyson Noel, Evermore
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Do a deed of simple kindness: though its end you may not see, it may reach, like widening ripples, down a long eternity.
“Kindness is a mark of faith; whoever is not, has no faith.”
“For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.”
“Hate breeds hate. Love destroys hate. This is the law.”
There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.
J. R. R. Tolkien,
The Two Towers
There is a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.
It’s chaos. Be kind.
Wherever love is present, fear is a stranger.
Kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world.
Kind Tuesday Task:
Write a review for your favorite writer, restaurant, or business.
Claudia Hall Christian
Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most.
You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.
So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Strength comes from struggle. When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger, better, wiser, then your thinking shifts from “I can’t do this” to “I must do this.”
These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger that he will plunge through.
David Nicholls, One Day
When you love someone, truly love them, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt – you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it’s crippling – like having your heart carved out.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
We live in a world where we rarely speak out and when someone does, often nobody is there to listen.
Jaycee Dugard, A Stolen Life