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Quotes December 27, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realise your hidden potential and power, let difficulties know that you too are difficult.”
Abdul Kalam
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius
“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living in the now.”
Alan Watts
“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.”
“I think it’s brave that you get up in the morning even if your soul is weary and your bones ache for a rest. I think it’s brave that you keep on living even if you don’t know how to anymore. I think it’s brave that you push away the waves rolling in every day and you decide to fight. I know there are days when you feel like giving up, but I think it’s brave that you never do.”
Lana Rafaela
“Sometimes music is the only thing that takes your mind off everything else.”
“Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems. Look for someone who won’t let you face them alone.”
“The greatest gifts you can give someone are your time, your love, and your attention.”
“Live and let live.”

Quotes December 10, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“The fruit of meditation is not the absence of thoughts, but the fact that thoughts cease to harm us.”
Bokar Rinpoche
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Desmond Tutu
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein
“If today gets difficult, remember the smell of coffee, the way sunlight bounces off a window, the sound of your favorite person’s laugh, the feeling when a song you love comes on, the color of the sky at dusk, and that we are here to take care of each other.”
Nanea Hoffman
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the main character Atticus Finch says, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

“Standing up for yourself doesn’t make you argumentative. Sharing your feelings doesn’t make you overly sensitive. And saying no doesn’t make you uncaring or selfish. If someone won’t respect your feelings, needs, and boundaries, the problem isn’t you; it’s them.”
Lori Deschene
“You’ll be amazed at what you attract when you start believing in what you deserve.”

Quotes November 30, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“If you think there’s something missing from your life, it’s probably you.”
Robert Holden

“Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that their behavior was ‘OK.’ What it does mean is that we’re ready to move on. To release the heavy weight. To shape our own life, on our terms, without any unnecessary burdens. Forgiveness is pure freedom—and forgiveness is a choice.”
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Your Strength

1. You’ve survived every challenge life has thrown at you, and there have been a lot.

2. You’ve done your best in every situation, based on where you were at that time in your life, where you’ve come from, and the resources at your disposal.

3. You’ve acknowledged and worked on weaknesses—maybe not always, and maybe not without some resistance. But you’ve made progress countless times when it would have been easier to stay stuck where you were.

4. You’ve risen back up after failure and rejection. You could have given up when you were laid off, or passed up for the job, or told “It’s not you, it’s me…,” but you licked your wounds, got through it, and put yourself back out there instead.

5. You’ve forgiven, the ultimate test of one’s strength. You may not be ready to forgive everyone who’s hurt you, but you have done it before, even though it was hard.

6. You’ve apologized. It’s not always easy to admit mistakes, but you’ve done it. You’ve owned your part, acknowledged pain caused, and vowed to do better going forward.

7. You’ve tried things outside your comfort zone, whether that means taking a new job overseas or saying hello when you would have preferred to stare at your feet.

8. You’ve faced a fear at some point. It may have seemed small to you, but any time you do something that scares you, it’s huge!

9. You’ve adapted to change, often without having chosen it, and have grown through the experience.

10. You’ve solved problems that could have crippled you and have helped other people with their problems while grappling with your own.

Your Kindness

11. You have good intentions. You might think you sometimes do the wrong things, but your heart’s generally in the right place.

12. You’ve made someone feel appreciated, and maybe many someones, by acknowledging their efforts and thanking them for what they’ve done.

13. You’ve made someone’s day, probably without even realizing it, by listening, understanding, or simply being thoughtful and kind.

14. You make people laugh—maybe even at your laugh, because you cackle or snort or sound like Beavis. (Too young for the reference? Google it!)

15. You look out for the people you love. When you say you care, you mean it, and you back it up with actions.

16. You smile at people. It might seem insignificant, but your smile has likely been someone’s lighthouse on a dark, scary day.

17. You remember the important things—or at least some of them. That “Happy birthday” card or call or text? It was a simple acknowledgement that helped someone feel valued and loved.

18. You ask people how they’re doing. You might not always get an honest response, but you’re willing to receive it.

19. You treat people how you’d like to be treated more often than not. Sometimes you slip up—you’re only human, after all! But you do your best to be a decent human being who treats other people with respect.

20. You’ve given second chances when you knew someone really needed it.

Your You-ness

21. You have many positive qualities, whether you realize it or not. Maybe you’re adventurous or brave or creative or dependable—or all of the above. You could probably go through the whole alphabet and list twenty-six amazing qualities for each letter that you possess. (Or at least twenty-five—X is tough!)

22. You’re passionate about something, whether it’s your work, a hobby, a dream for the future, or your family, and that passion is both admirable and contagious.

23. You have unique quirks that make you interesting, endearing, and fun to be around. Maybe you have a passion for Steampunk, or you talk to your plants, or you collect something weird, like umbrella sleeves.

24. You have eclectic taste and have likely introduced other people to many things they’ve come to enjoy—bands, movies, books, restaurants, the list goes on and on.

25. You’re beautifully messy, like all human beings, and your emotions give you empathy, depth, and many other gifts you may not even recognize.

26. You’re creative in your own way—everyone is! Maybe you bake or write or make cool things out of wine corks or scrabble pieces or rocks.

27. You have your own kind of smarts—book smarts, street smarts, emotional intelligence, maybe even all three.

28. You have a voice that has soothed someone, even if it sounds like Sofia Vergara’s, simply because it’s yours.

29. You are physically a work of art. Seriously. Our culture has long promoted a one-size-fits-all definition of beauty (though, thankfully, that seems to be changing), but there’s beauty to be found in every unique combination of body and facial features. Big noses, asymmetrical eyes, crooked smiles—every last of one of them, beautiful!

30. You are mentally fascinating. Just think of all the outlandish, complex, crazy thoughts that go through your mind each day.

Your Journey

31. You’ve amassed a vast assortment of experiences that have given you insight and a unique perspective. No one else sees the world exactly like you!

32. You’ve healed and grown through all your ups and downs, becoming stronger and wiser every day.

33. You’ve done some interesting things in your time. If our lives really do flash before our eyes before we die, yours definitely won’t be boring!

34. You’ve learned what matters to you throughout the years, and you’ve tried your best to honor those things.

35. You’ve started over when it was hard, whether it was a new direction, a new job, a new location, or a new relationship.

36. You’ve found and/or created opportunities for yourself, and possibly in fields that aren’t easy to break into.

37. You’ve adulted: you’ve fed yourself, done laundry, cleaned your house, paid your bills, and done countless other responsible things—often when you would have preferred to lie under a blanket fort eating cereal from an oversized bowl.

38. You’ve built a treasure chest of amazing memories through the years, and you recognize them for the gold they are.

39. You’re the co-star in many other people’s favorite memories.

40. You’ve made it to where you are right now. And here you are, strong, kind, uniquely you, and worth celebrating.

Quotes November 18, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“You must first teach a child he is loved. Only then is he ready to learn everything else.”
Amanda Morgan
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you lived through it. Honor your path. Trust your journey. Learn, grow, evolve, become.”
Creig Crippen
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
Brené Brown
“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”
David Alan Harvey, Photographer
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
“You don’t suffer because you have thoughts. You suffer because you judge them, resist them, believe them, wallow in them, or identify with them.”
“The biggest lie we’re told is ‘Be with someone who makes you happy.’ The truth is, happiness is something you create on your own. Be with someone who adds to it.”

Quotes November 02, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another—and ourselves.”
Jack Kornfield
“Progress is impossible without change.”
Walt Disney
“Recovering from PTSD is being fragile and strong at the same time. It’s a beautiful medley of constantly being broken down and pieced together. I am a painting almost done to completion, beautiful but not quite complete.”
Kate J. Tate
“When solving problems, dig at the root instead of just hacking at the leaves.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the sky.”
“It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.”
Tony Robbins
“What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.”
Helen Keller
“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”
Hafiz of Shiraz
“Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will evade you, but if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Along the way I stopped into a coffee shop. All around me normal, everyday city types were going about their normal, everyday affairs…In spite of which—or, rather, all the more because— here I was, sitting in this coffee shop, drinking my coffee, feeling a desperate loneliness. I alone was the outsider. I had no place here… Here I had no ties to anyone. Fact is, I’d come to reclaim myself.”
Haruki Murakami
“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
William James
“You can’t stop negative thoughts from popping into your head, but you can choose to stop letting them control you and your life.”
Lori Deschene
“Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless. Your health is wealth. Your time is gold.”

Quotes October 13, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Connection gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”
“Talk to yourself like someone you love.”
Brené Brown
“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
Miyamoto Musashi
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
George S. Patton
“If one by one we counted people out for the least sin, it wouldn’t take us long to get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.”
Robert Frost
“We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming, or cruel when we speak our thoughts.”
Melody Beattie

Quotes October 01, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha


“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside, awakens.”
Carl Jung

“You are worth the quiet moment, you are worth the deeper breath. You are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.”
Morgan Harper Nichols
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Micheal Jordan
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
Shunryu Suzuki
“Integrity isn’t a morality issue; it’s an energy issue.”
Gay Hendricks
“It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.”
Marcus Aurelius
“I think something people need to understand is that others disliking you is not a bad thing. When you are embodying your true authentic self, it creates fear in people who still operate from the ego. If you want to grow, heal, and evolve you have to let go of wanting to be liked.”
Audrey Kitching
“Don’t let your fear paralyze you. The scariest paths often lead to the most exciting places.”
Lori Deschene
“Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.”

Quotes September 17, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Relax. Nothing is under control.”
Adi Da Samraj
“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.”
Linda Wooten
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Thomas Jefferson
“Vulnerability is hard. And it’s scary, and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, scary, or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves, ’What if I would have shown up?’”
Brené Brown

We lived under extreme stress for five years, up every night with our son, constantly in the hospital. I think the only thing worse than being in a war zone is being in intensive care for twelve months and seeing children die next to you.
Thomas Westenholz
“Wounded children have a rage, a sense of failed justice that burns in their souls. What do they do with that rage? Since they would never harm another, they turn that rage inward. They become the target of their own rage.”
Woody Haiken
“Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are, where you are at, and what you are doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be in your own time. Until then, breathe. Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process. You are doing the best you can to cope and survive amid your struggles, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough. You are enough.”
Daniell Koepke

Quotes September 02, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
“Money is numbers. And numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.”
Bob Marley
“Nature is the best medicine for serenity. Peace. Calmness. Stillness. It’s good for the heart.”
Karen Madwell
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Stephen Covey
“Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
John Wooden
“Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgment gives you the power to change them.”
Byron Katie
“I used to dislike being sensitive. I thought it made me weak. But take away that single trait, and you take away the very essence of who I am. You take away my conscience, my ability to empathize, my intuition, my creativity, my deep appreciation of the little things, my vivid inner life, my keen awareness of others pain and my passion for it all.”
Caitlin Jap

Quotes August 24, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”
Albert Einstein
“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
John Steinbeck
“If someone does not want me, it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.”
Nayyirah Waheed
“I wish for a world where everyone understands that discomfort is the price of legendary. And fear is just growth coming to get you.”
Robin S. Sharma
“The key is in learning how to live a healthy, satisfying, and serene life without being dependent on another person for happiness.”
Robin Norwood
“The more in harmony you are with the flow of your own existence, the more magical life becomes.”
When You Dance with Discomfort, Surprising Things Can Happen
Denise McKen
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.”
Sharon Salzberg