The Inspriational Thread

I pulled all of the inspirational quotes that I’ve posted so far, together. Starting the list off is the few new ones that I found over the weekend and promised to share with you.

Joe Joe, would you be willing to copy your lovely post from this weekend (about the journey and the valley) and post it on this thread as well? And of course, the purpose of opening this thread up here is to encourage contributions from all of you either in the form of favourite quotes or you own personal inspirational sharing.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are”
Joseph Campbell

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You must do the things you think you cannot do”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still”
Chinese proverb

“Live can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards”
Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
~Anna Freud

“The difficulty in life is the choice”
George Moore

“The best way out is always through”
Robert Frost

"One of the secrets of life is learning to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks."
~Jack Penn

"You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life."
~Les Brown

"Success is not a doorway, it's a staircase."
~Dottie Walters

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Get out of your own way” Drew Smiley

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."
~Vernon Law

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
~John Wooden

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them."
~Phyllis Bottome

"Our character, basically is a composite of our habits – sow a thought, reap an action, sow an action, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a character, sow a character, reap a destiny."
Stephen Covery

"We can go through life cursing the darkness, or we can simply light a candle."...unknown

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did.”
- Mark Twain

”Nine requisites for contented living:

Health enough to make work a pleasure.

Wealth enough to support your needs.

Strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them.

Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.

Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.

Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.

Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.

Faith enough to make real the things of God.

Hope enough to remove anxious fears concerning the future.”
- Johann von Goethe

”Faith is the only known cure for fear.”
- Lena K. Sadler

”Faith is to believe what we do not see;
the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
- Saint Augustine

”Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.”

”To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires ... courage.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
- Unknown

"If you don't run your own life, somebody else will."
- John Atkinson


I picked up these two quotes from a humour website called Bromely Health Management. Enjoy!

"A specially formulated diet designed to help you cope with the stress that builds up during the day!

1 x grapefruit
1 x wholemeal toast
1 x cup skimmed milk
small portion lean, steamed chicken with a cup of spinach
1 x cup herbal tea
1 x chocolate hobnob
the rest of the biscuits in the packet
1 x Hagen Daas Ice Cream with choc-chip topping
1 x family pack Jaffa cakes
4 x bottles wine (red or white)
2 x loaves garlic bread
1 x large Supreme Pizza
3 x Snickers bars. (subs***utions may be made e.g. Mars, Kit Kat - but it must be 3 bars, no more, no less as the balance of the diet may be affected).
whole frozen Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from freezer".

[This is by no means meant to offend anyone with an eating disorder. Rather, to humorously point out, how many people use food to soothe stress. Isn't it the truth!]

At age 4 success is ... not peeing in your pants
At age 12 success is ... having friends.
At age 16 success is ... having a driver's license.
At age 20 success is ... having sex.
At age 35 success is ... having money.
At age 50 success is ... having money.
At age 60 success is ... having sex.
At age 70 success is ... having a driver's license.
At age 75 success is .... having friends.
At age 80 success is ... not peeing in your pants”

Your Life

”Your life is a sacred journey and it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your visions of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks, embracing challenges at every step along the way…You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now…and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity and love.”
C.J. Adams

“You’re only as successful as your ability to cope with failure”

“Victory Belongs to the Most Persevering”|

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Big Grin What a great ideas. Here's a few I've picked up over the years:

"...You only find real peace of heart and mind when you follow what you know is right for you, so seek and go on seeking until you have found your specific way and then follow it. It may mean having to stand on your own and do something strange in the eyes of others, but be not daunted. Do whatever it is because you know within that it is right for you and that only the very best will come out of it."
Eileen Caddy

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true..
You may have to work for it however.
Richard Bach

The way I see it,
if you want the rainbow, you gotta
put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton

I have some unknown ones....but they are so good, I have to include them:

It takes courage to grow up and turn out
to be who you really are.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Whether you think you can, or whether you
think you can't, you are right.

Rules for Being Human

You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it,
but it will be yours for your entire lifetime.

You will learn lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life.
Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons.
You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation.
The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately succeeds.

A lesson is repeated until learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.
When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain lessons.
If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

"There" is no better than "here."
When your "there" has become a "here," you
will simply obtain another "there" that will,
again, look better than "here."

Others are merely mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

What you make of life is up to you,
You have all the tools and resources you need.
What to do with them is up to you.
The choice is yours.

Your answers lie inside you.
The answers to life's questions lie inside you.
All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.

and my current favorite....

Stephen Covey
Hello, I would like to contribute with this 2 that had been very important in my life, my Grandmother told me when I was a child.

If you believe that you can
or if you believe that you can´t
in both ways, you are right.

The truth will make you free.
Jesus Christ.
Hi Ashley,
I am so glad I have 'met' you :0). Learning to listen to my 'weaker' self, or my body, however you want to put it, this is a huge landmark in my personal growth. I have always been wanting to do a gazillion things in life, like you said, be in control, and always be 'on top of things', but in so doing really missed 'myself' in this unbalanced approach to life. Thankfully, now instead of 'using' myself, I am learning to have compassion for myself. And you're right, there's so much peace there!

I was just doing dishes and stressing because I was doing laundry, making a late lunch, cooking, a bunch of stuff at once. There is rarely a 'perfect' moment where all is as it 'should' know, "Now I'm sitting down to eat because I'm hungry (I still forget to prepare anything until I'm hungry, so by the time I eat I'm waaaaaaay hungry, and all those nice veggies I prepared don't cut it. I often try to avoid excessive amounts of protein due to teh acidity, but like I said, it takes me so long to prepare the veggie mixes that by the time I eat them I'm famished and usually eat even more protein than I would have if I'd have just started on the protein...ha,ha,ha.!)

Well, the list goes on. The voice in my head nagging me saying "You should be napping. Look at how you're dragging yourself around. The body needs rest." Yap. The body needs rest, the dishes need doing...and then there's the times when I want to nap but I lie down and realize it's so dusty and that's bad for the allergy thing. I should dust..aaaaaaaaaaaaugh!!!

BUT...just before coming here to say hello, I suddenly stopped in the middle of such a barrage of thoughts and realized where all of this was really coming from in my case. It was that I had been feeling like a failure, but more than that, realized that I am not a failure. I know I have felt this way most of my life, but today I actually believed that I was alright. My stress level went way down. I realized in a deeper way again, that I can't control what my body does. I can only do my best, and the fact is, this is beyond my control. So scary to admit, but so freeing when we do, huh! When we let go of all of those unrealistic expectations we have on ourselves on our lives, there is such a sweet peace that comes! Compassion is a deep and powerful thing.

So, with all this talk of Oprah here lately, there's my light bulb moment for ya!

I LOVE what I am learning through this horrible battle with candida. Isn't it amazing how bad things can be turned around for good! I know there will likely be more lows ahead where I'll need to come here and vent or moan, but I also know, like you, and so many here, that the jewels we are gaining through surrendering to our realities and this whole process are priceless treasures which we are privileged to have recieved through these trials. There is deep and lasting change.

Tarilee, I hope you don't ever get tired of hearing us say 'thank-you'...You have paved the way for such transformation of lives here. The greatest teachers are those who have become what they teach. You are that and I so value how you relate to us all as friends on the same level. You have been such a positive influence in my life this past year, and because of you, this forum is a place where many, like me, are growing in the character that will allow us to walk in the blessing of healing, maintaining it through the awareness, peace, and self respect and love we have gained through having met ourselves in such a deep way through this valley of illness.

Someone once told me that the best fruit doesn't grow on the mountain tops but in the valley. I think he was right. I applaud you all for taking this journey, and for those of you really struggling right now, just remember that the greater the battle is, the greater the victory on the other side. Keep up the great work you guys!

Peace to you, joejoe
The Whisper of Melody

Like flower blooming in the Spring
Like the fragrance that it's petals bring,
There Love planted in my heart,
And the roots go deeper than the dark.

Like a gentle breeze loving tenderly,
Like a happy song singing quietly,
There is Hope; like the flickering of dawn,
It comes so quietly when the night's been long.

For the sweetest things come modestly,
And the deepest things are hard to see,
But I know, there burns, like a mighty flame
A fire unquenched by the pounding rain.

For though at first I hid from Love,
Still to me You came,
You drew me to this quiet place,
And here You spoke my name.

And in this whispered silence,
Which, was a womb, has sheltered me,
I find myself adorned by Light -
A butterfly set free.

And now, I dance a thousand dances
And glide across a crystal floor,
Like a snowfall glistening in the night,
Like moonlight on a distant shore.

And here I fly
So like the wind, upon the Arm of Love,
Carried by grace;
So easily to mount the heights above.

And to these heights,
To these shores,
Love bids you all to come,
And in the whispered silence
Find the dance that's yours alone.

For as silence weaves its tender form
Within the quiet place,
You'll hear your name and find your joy
In the heart of Love's embrace. (poem by Joanne Lefebvre, please feel free to share this poem with others, but give credit to author in terms of copyright.)

This poem is a fruit of the valley, part one from a time when I began the whole deep journey of inner work, part two as I progressed and began to find a place of strength inside, the 'mighty flame' so to speak. The fight against candida has forced me to look even deeper within to discover who I am and to work towards inner harmony in order to overcome the blocks and opposition involved in giving up the old ways of living out of touch with my needs and as a driven person, and embracing the new way of listening to my body and giving compassion to my weaker part of self and body.

Having to care for myself put me in touch with the true essence of healing which is not read on a medical chart, but consists of inner wholeness out of which all things in our conscious lives seem to flow.

Each of us has a place within where we can touch a Love that's bigger than ourselves, a place of limitless possibilities, and a place where we are whole despite the illness we are battling. When we learn to trust this place of peace and rest, we can go through the ups and downs of this battle with a greater ease than before.

"The sweetest things come modestly and the deepest things are hard to see" but in the quiet spheres of life and being, I think we touch that place deep down inside which tells us we're going to be okay, and we know that we know it's true.

:0) Love is biggest.
blessings, joejoe
Tarilee, Pam, Merlin,

These quotes are awesome! I think anyone who takes on the journey to wholeness does believe somewhere inside that "Yes they can" or they wouldn't really have the tug inside to go for it. That's what I see in your quotes. We've got a bunch of people here who have the faith and respect for life to embrace the journey that's asking to be taken.
Keep these inspiring posts coming everyone!!!

Wow JJ,

You're darn tootin I'd love to share your poem with others!!!

That is one of the most emotive, soothing, inspiring pieces of writing I've ever encountered. I knew you were an incredible writer from your posts but I never dreamed you had such awesome creativity!! Your creativity married with your depth and wisdom and compassion combined just shine! Thanks so much!
Hi Tarilee,
Thank-you!!! I will hold on to your encouraging words. I have a strong desire to present truth and love through the arts to help others find the same source of strength and comfort I have found 'in the quiet place.' A special person once told me, "living the successful life of a hero (is) finding beauty in pain and using it to fuel your contribution to this world." ;0)
hugs, joejoe
The strength of the human spirit.

There is a Proverb by Solomon that says "A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear."

I was really inspired tonight. I was at a collective presentation with a number of other writers, artists, dancers etc.

Just before the show I met one of the clog (similar to tap) dancers. This type of dance is real high energy. She mentioned being concerned about having the energy to get through all four numbers because she is in the process of having radiation treatments. I said "Wow, you're brave." Her response was "Not really." Like she was just doing what she needed to do and all would be well. I was amazed she was even there, much less dancing! She went beyond just showing up. She was excited to be there, totally focused and hyped to be in the moment.

I was amazed by her spirit. She was bright, smiling, wonderfully encouraging, and she got through all four numbers totally present in the moment and dancing just incredibly well. It was amazing to watch her dance. Her strength was bigger than her adversary.

That strength of spirit which I have seen so much of recently, is something that really moves me.

Anyone else have some stories to share of inspiring folks you've met or know?

take care, joejoe
"Accept yourself as you are. (Fat thighs, big nose, mistakes, health concerns, back pain, or other physical limitations notwithstanding.) This means more than a grudging realization that you'll never again be some way that you used to be or some way that you wish to be. Acceptance means actually honoring yourself as you are now....This allows you to stop judging yourself negatively, which invariably brings forth feelings of blame, shame, guilt, or fear and escalates the cycle of anxiety and tension."
Dr. Joan Borysenko
"Illness is the result of imbalance. Imbalance is a result of forgetting who you are. Forgetting who you are creates thoughts and actions that lead to an unhealthy life-style and eventually to illness. The illness itself is a signal that you are imbalanced because you have forgotten who you are. Illness can thus be understood as a lesson you have given yourself to help you remember who you are."
Barbara Ann Brennan
This is a lovely thread!

"When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word "succeed," you find it simply means to follow through." F. W. Nichol

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The Soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings." Amelia Earhart

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Nietzsche

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan

"An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?" Michel De Saint-Pierre

This one was posted several months ago by Deborah Page Johnson:

"The following is from a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta, Mother Teresa: A Simple Path


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
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