A Little Poem About Growth

I came across this quote that reminded me that sometimes, this is exactly the place that growth will bring us:

“And then it happens… One day you wake up and you’re in this place.

You’re in this place where everything feels right.

Your heart is calm. Your soul is lit. Your thoughts are positive.

Your vision is clear.

You’re at peace. At peace with where you’ve been,

at peace with what you’ve been through and

at peace with where you’re headed.”

– Anonymous

And that is a lovely feeling. We sometimes need to remind ourselves to have faith that we will get there. That the stepping stones we take to achieve our goals will get us to a better place. Small steps work too 🙂

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The Wisdom of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, a British actress and humanitarian, worked tirelessly to help children in need. Here are three favourite quotes from this iconic actress:

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” – Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

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A Little Reminder to Be Kind

I love this quote by Leo F. Buscaglia:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo F. Buscaglia

We don’t always know how our acts of kindness can affect someone. Recently, Kurt and I were eating breakfast at our favourite diner in town, and a young man came in and ordered breakfast. He was seated alone and although we did not know him, he looked like a kid who had perhaps been given a few hard knocks in his life.

When the waitress came over to ask us if we were all finished up, Kurt asked for the bill and requested that the waitress put the young man’s bill on ours. What a lovely act of kindness – the young man probably won’t remember who was seated two tables over, and we can only have faith that he was touched by Kurt’s generosity.

A small act of caring carries with it a lot of potential. 🙂

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A Little Bit of Inspiration to Keep Going

I love this quote by Morgan Harper Nichols:

“One day you will look back and find that you were strong in ways you not able to see at the time,

and you will be grateful for how you chose to keep going even without knowing

what the future would be.” -MHN

When we are in the midst of a challenge, we often can’t see our strengths, and our courage is found one day at a time. And that is okay. 🙂

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A Little Poem About Giving

I came across this little poem about giving by Cleo Wade:

Doing What You Can With What You’ve Got

And even when I had not a penny

in my pocket, I still knew the

joy of giving.

I gave my time.

I gave my spirit.

I gave my heart.

I gave myself fully to the moment and

even through my tears, I gave

my smile to the world – it 

needed it more than I could

have imagined.

Cleo Wade

The act of giving has the potential to aid in our journey of healing. When we set aside our own moments of feeling blue to give even a smile to another person, we have created a motion that also reverberates inside of ourselves.

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We Are Our Own Solution

I love this quote by Jo Coudert:

“Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never leave or lose to the question of your life. You are the only answer to the problems of your life. You are the only solution.” – Jo Coudert

Although it is also a necessary process to be supported by our inner circle of loved ones, it starts with us. When we aim to be our own advocate, strive to rise to challenge, make ourselves important and listen to our instincts, we indeed, are our own solution.

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A Quote About Boundaries

A lovely reminder about the importance of boundaries, set in an effort of self-love:

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries.

Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how to use it.

You teach people how to treat you by deciding

what you will and won’t accept.” – Anna Taylor

I often remark to people that “sometimes we need to teach people how to treat us.” This begins and ends with boundaries, both with ourselves (it is okay to say no) and to others (when you let them know how you feel about a behaviour or choice they are making in regards to the relationship.) The need for boundaries comes out of an inner desire to feel appreciated and respected – that process will work best when we give it to ourselves first. 🙂

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A Quote About Grief

What lovely words from American novelist Anne Lamott:

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”

– Anne Lamott

I have a client who, after 20 years post losing a child, stated to me, “I have a very deep crack in my heart and my sorrow can be immediate and raw when I get triggered in grief. But the same crack allows the good to come in and my moments of joy are profound.”

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The Light Within Us

I came across this lovely saying by L.R. Knost, reminding us of the light we have within us:

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness in the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.” – L.R. Knost

I especially love the phrase in “and all things can be mended, not with time, as they say but with intention.” How very true this is, as it is often our own settled purpose that leads us to healing; a capturing of our own light to help us to repair and mend. What a lovely reminder that we experience both love and suffering in our ultimate journey of growth.

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A Lovely Reminder About What We Can Learn From Children

I saw this post recently and it brought to mind the innocent spirit of children:

“Children speak the language of the flowers and understand the whispers of the wind.

They’re in tune with the subtle songs of the forest; they can listen to the trees, interpret the chatter of the rivers, and intuit the meaning of each sparkle of the sun.

Our job isn’t to correct that, but to nurture it, to preserve it, and perhaps even to remember it ourselves.” – Cristen Rodgers

We will often get caught up in the logic of life and we forget the magic and adventure of slow days, of adventure and of wonder. Let’s make a date with ourselves to find it again 🙂

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