My favorite teacher, Leo Buscaglia, said: "I have never been keen on advice. I firmly believe that the best answers for each of us are already in us. All we need to do to realize these is to recognize them and act upon them..." And sometimes we need a little inspiration to find those answers within us.
"In every journey there is meaning. In every conflict, there is growth. In every action there is purpose. In every moment of doubt, remember to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF."
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw
"The greatest gift you give to the universe is being who you really are..."
Stephen c. Paul
"What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind."
"We have to face ourselves alone..."
"Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind."
Dame Daphne du Maurier
"When you keep your attention in what you don't want, that's what keeps happening..."
"Thoughts have power, thoughts have energy. And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking."
Susan L. Taylor
"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations..."
"The world will change when we change our attitudes... Expect more of yourself and you will become more. Expect more of others and they will become more."
"To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life..."
"Never force anyone to do anything for you 'in the name of love.' Love is not to be bargained for..."
"In order to learn, you have to be free. You have to be free to experiment, free to try, free to make mistakes..."
"As long as we hold unforgivable thoughts in our mind, we will not be able to experience total inner peace."
Gerald Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world."
"The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Find YOU, who you really are..."
"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved."
"Life is beautiful if you make it beautiful ..."
"Always have a sense of possibility, moment by moment ..."
"You are the designer of your life, so assume responsibilty."
"Realize that you always have choices. It's up to you!"
"The challenge is to always do what is right and good and true, even if others don't appreciate it."
Kent M. Keith
"The most important thing in the world is that you make yourself a loving person, because this is what you will be giving away ..."
"Don't limit your life by limiting your love ... LOVE is the greatest gift that we can give and receive."
Kent M. Keith
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others ..."
"Peace is our gift to each other ..."
"Change your thoughts and you can change your world."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Realize that to have friends one must first be a friend. Make friendship a priority in your life."
J. Donald Walters
"Recognize that all relationships cannot be forever. Recognize their temporary quality, but continue to act as if they are permanent."
"Celebrate your humanness, celebrate your craziness, celebrate your inadequacies, celebrate your loneliness ... but celebrate YOU!"
"There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures."
"Your greatest responsibility is to become everything that you are, not only for your benefit, but for mine ..."
"We find love only when we give love to others."
Douglas M. Lawson
"Forgive others, forgive yourself, forgive yourself for not being perfect, and accept responsibility for your own life."
"Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness."
"Love yourself for the child that you are. You are here in your innocence to grow and to learn..."
"Don't hold on to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love."
"There are no guarantees in life, but it is a sure thing that you will get back what you give. If you give 100 percent of your attention, energy, and time to a thing, you will get exactly that back. Make sure you give all that you have to make sure you will get all that you need."
"We can do no great things - only small things with great love."
"We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be."
"It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves."
"A life without love, is an empty, meaningless one."
"Don't forget that what you are thinking about, you are becoming."
"It isn't enough just to do right things and say right things, you must also think right things before your life can come into harmony."
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are you would never think a negative thought."
"In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us."
"It's reasurring to know that I can control how I feel and what I do on any given day. The way I choose to see the world creates the world I see."
"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have."
John D. Rockefeller III
"Inspiration and motivation are exactly like nutrition. You have to keep on taking it daily, in healthy doses. Otherwise depletion, fatigue, depression and lack of ambition and achievement will manifest themselves."
Dr. Jan S. Marais
"You become what you believe - not what you wish or want but what you truly believe. Wherever you are in life, look at your beliefs. They put you there!
"It doesn't matter if you mean to do the right thing - if you only do bad things. You need to learn how to do right things. Doing is what affects people..."
"A mind that's open to everything means being peaceful, radiating love, practicing forgiveness, being generous, respecting all life, and most important, visualizing yourself as capable of doing anything that you can conceive of in your mind and heart."
"Love is everything. It is the key to life, and its influences are those that move the world."
Ralph Waldo Trine
"If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"See all criticism as positive for it leads to self-evaluation. You are always free to reject it if it is unfair or does not apply."
"The creating of anything worthwhile takes patience and energy."
"It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy."
"It doen't matter what you've been through, where you come from... none of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world..."
"We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
This is just a sample of some great inspirational thoughts that I love. There are probably millions out there; so make it a challenge to find your own favorites. We can create our own inspirational messages too! Leo Buscaglia, like I mentioned before, is one of my favorite authors ("Living, Loving and Learning", "Loving Each Other".) You can visit the website: www.LeoBuscaglia.com.
Another great author is J. Donald Walters. One of my favorite books is "Secrets of Life". He gives some great advice in it and is easy to read (full of wonderful short messages)! Check: www.crystalclarity.com. I also love Shakti Gawain ("Awakening", "Reflections in the Light", "Creative Visualization", "Living in the Light") - please check www.ShaktiGawain.com; and Iyanla Vanzant ("Yesterday I Cried", "In the Meantime", "Don't Give It Away", "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up".) Check: www.innervisionsworldwide.com.
Dr. Wayne Dyer has some great books too, I love his book "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace" - it's small and easy to read and has some great messages. Check: www.waynedyer.com.
You can also check "Peace Pilgrim" at www.peacepilgrim.org - another great teacher. She was a great lady who dedicated many years of her life walking all over the country (25,000 miles) promoting peace; teaching people how to find inner peace and how to live in peace with others.
I recently discovered another great author, Robin Sharma. He wrote the book "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari". It has beautiful lessons to teach us how to achieve our dreams and how to use our minds to find true happiness in our lives. Please check www.RobinSharma.com.
I also highly recommend www.livinglifefully.com. It's a wonderful website with great inspiration.
I like to collect "Inspirational Thoughts" (quotes) and I write down the ones that have a special meaning to me. I have many books with inspirational messages. Try it, is fun and very helpful! We all need to read positive things to feel better about ourselves and to feel motivated to improve our lives and the lives of others; also, to gain the spiritual and emotional strength necessary to deal with negative messages, negative people and negative news in our world.
I believe that we all have to learn to motivate ourselves on a daily basis in order to learn to live a happier and more fulfilling life; in order to find meaning and purpose and become the best person that we can be. It's also a good idea to write a journal with your thoughts and feelings; where you can express yourself freely and express you creativity - and find ways to change you negative and self-defeating thoughts for new positive ones. FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS AND NOT ON PROBLEMS. MOTIVATE YOURSELF!
Wishing you always LOVE to surround you, warm memories to cheer you, good fortune to walk beside you and happiness to fill your heart,