Have patience with all things, but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You’re perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs and tribulations can ever change that. Unconditional self-acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind.
St. Francis de Sales
Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Don’t rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.
While life can feel overwhelming and harsh, there is great strength and power to be had in becoming a curator of beauty.
Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has been a sign that you are alive.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together..there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.
Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)
Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty.
Believing you are enough means remembering that nothing in you needs to change to be loved.
Self-care is how you take your power back.
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles, and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
Let us move on, and step out boldly, though it be into the night, and we can scarcely see the way.
Charles B. Newcomb
Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.
Look through the eyes of the Divine and you realize that had you never been blessed with what you have lost, your life would have been much poorer. Grief and celebration are two sides of the same coin.
Self-care means honoring and respecting the miraculous being that you are. Self-care means learning to listen with the ear of a dedicated mother to your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and then taking full responsibility for getting them met. Self-care means taking 100% responsibilty for creating an environment that nurtures your physical, emotional and spiritual selves.
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
Question negative self-talk before it becomes destructive. And don’t believe everything you feel and think. Just because you sometimes believe you’re worthless, unlovable and stupid doesn’t mean you actually are these things.
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Roald Dahl (from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.
You get to decide what will drive you or destroy you. Disappointment, Despair, & Injustice are the fuel for Greatness! Use them!
Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive…… then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Setting boundaries doesn’t keep others out. It defines where your life begins.
Terri Trespicio – Body + Soul Magazine
Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Fear is only excitement without the breath.
Fritz Perls, M.D.
At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Tears are about strength, not weakness. They’re about being open, expressing your feelings.
When we forgive, we are saying that even though this experience has happened to us, we are going to completely release that pain and move forward without it.
Whole Living Magazine
If you want to know your future, look at what you are doing this moment.
What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think.
Dr. Patrick Gentempo
I find the great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying small stones.
I know for certain that we never lose those we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.
I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
There’s no way to grow without taking a few risks.
Terri Trespicio – Body + Soul Magazine
We can’t fear the past. Fear is a future thing. And since the future’s all in our heads, fear must be a head thing.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
No matter what happened, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Learning to let go begins with understanding why you’ve been hanging on.
Terri Trespicio – Body + Soul Magazine
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles Du Bos
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
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