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Old 03-07-2005, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Inspirational Quotes

I have always found that a great quote can make my day. With that in mind...I was thinking about what an entire thread of them will do. I'm not sure if there is a thread like this in another part of the board....but I thought this might be a good place to start it.

If we can get enough submissions, I might try and organize the quotes into sub-catagories and make a FAQ-like list for those looking for a specific type of quote.

I would like to start this with something I read in a post over in the PTSD section. (From Indigo's Thread: (indigo's healing thread of hope) ) I ended up searching around to find the author (Veronica Shoffstall). The version I found was slightly different, but you'll get the idea.



After Awhile (Sometimes referred to as "Comes the Dawn")

After a while, you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads
On today, because tomorrow's ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have
A way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate
Your own soul instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
With every goodbye you learn.

-Veronica Shoffstall



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I don't know if this qualifies for this thread, but here goes:

Radiate Joy

When Loving becomes a habit, we naturally radiate joy.
Is there anything more appealing than someone who takes delight in life?
Don't fake joy if you're not feeling it, but don't withhold exuberance either.
We owe it to the world to let our goodwill spill over.
Even simple appreciation can be a healing balm.

As the Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us:

"Happiness is available; please help yourself."
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Old 03-09-2005, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sure that qualifies!

Here is one of my all time favorites. Many times I've gone back and read it to remind myself about inner strength.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Old 08-20-2005, 09:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hope this qualifies. My nephew was just killed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

When you are down to nthing, God is up to something.
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Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

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While both joy and sorrow are fleeting,
and often intertwined,
love has the power to overcome both.
And love can last forever.

— Deborah Plouse Fulton
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The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.
- Blood of the Martyr




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Easter Eggs can bring a smile
If we are tired and weary...

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dont know about inspirational, but the ones in my footer thingamabobber are definitely true!
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"I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking."

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Hope Is the Thing With Feathers



"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,

- Emily Dickinson

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I´m so sorry for you nephew, Yooman. I just lost my nephew as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as with all of you here.

Here are some quotes I like:

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them." Louisa M. Alcott.

"When you´re going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill.

"Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it." Jacques Prévert.

"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream." Martin Luther King.

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I'm so sorry for the loss of your nephew (((lilya)))

May his spirit soar with the angels and may you find peace and comfort at this time
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Here are my personal favorites: Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. - Eddie Rickenbacker

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better. - Wendell Phillips

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell
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"And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
And he said:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break,
that it's heart may stand in the sun, so must
you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder
at the daily miracles of your life, your pain
would not seem less wondrous than your
joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your
heart, even as you have always accepted
the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity
through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician
within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.

For his hand, though heavy and hard,
is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn
your lips, has been fashioned of the clay
which the Potter has moistened with His
own sacred tears."

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This one helped me gather strength

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"the deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
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"sometimes right back where you started from is right where you belong"
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A few of these quotes really helped me through some very tough times.... Quotes can have a powerful impact in someones life. I know that it helped in my own life.
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This poem helped me tremendously last year when my youngest daughter lost her baby, Oliver, the day before he was due to be born. Had I not done everything I had done up to that point in my the 10+ years of sobriety to stay sober, I would not have allowed myself to feel grief fully. I stumbled upon this poem a few days later. Memorized it. And recited it at the small graveside gathering of close family and friends about a week after his death and birth:
*
The Unbroken by Rashani Rea*
*
There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness *out of which blooms the unshatterable. *
*
There is a sorrow
beyond all*grief which leads to joy
and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. *
*
There is a hollow space too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss, *
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
*
There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut*the heart
as we break open
to the place within that is unbreakable
and whole,
while learning to sing. *



While learning to sing: apt description of the whole recovery process, don't you think?
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