Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden
Living a life fully open-hearted is not as easy as it sounds. Whether you like it or not, you will have to deal with both the good and the bad of life and the neutral and confusing parts of it too.
Here’s the good side of it though, there are many ways to cope and turn your life around in dark times. You can fill your life with more love and less stress simply by opening yourself up to a path of open-minded, modest acceptance of situations and moving ahead sincerely.
Sometimes you only need a few short words to get you going again. This collection of short quotes remind us about the importance of living a meaningful, sincere and inspired life. They also remind us why it’s important that we take part in society so others can benefit.
Here’s 31 short quotes to keep you going…
∴ Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T. S. Eliot
∴ Life is short and temping to think of mornings as mere continuations of yesterday. Instead, think of it as a new beginning, a clean slate because this is the only way you can clear your mind of all the stress from yesterday and be more joyous today.
∴ Don’t count the days, make the days count. – Muhammad Ali
∴ Instead of counting how much days you have left, or feeling depressed on how much days you’ve wasted, focus on getting the most out of these days count. Whether small ways or big ways, make your days count, because no one else will of that for you.
∴ As long as you live, keep learning how to live. – Seneca
∴ If you can say that you have got it all figured out, you’re on questionable ground because the universe knows this is not possible. Nobody has life figured out, no matter how much of a genius they are, so keep learning how to live wisely and open-hearted.
∴ All you need is love. – John Lennon
∴ What else, aside from love, do you need? Love is the life source of the soul and no matter what happens in life, be it job-loss or any other hardships, the love of those nearest to you and your love of life will be what sees you through.
∴ Light tomorrow with today. – Elizabeth Barrett
∴ They say the past creates your future and Elizabeth Barrett’s quote implies the same. If you want to create a better tomorrow, create a better today by living in the present moment and working studiously towards a brighter future.
∴ Live what you love. – Jo Deurbrouck
∴ A good centre point of grounding out any decision, be it at work, in a relationship or with friends is to ask: is this coming from a place of love of fear? The courageous step of love might be the one that scares you but its the one to follow.
∴ Life is trying things to see if they work. – Ray Bradbury
∴ What is life for you? Is it about becoming something, seeing the world, trying things, or all of it? Whatever you want, if you’re not doing the work and nobody is doing the work for you, there’s absolutely no way for you to know whether that thing will work or not. The only thing to know if things work is to go and try, and live every moment of it.
∴ Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill
∴ There’s no point in waiting and there’s no such thing as the right time, particularly when it comes to pursuing your life’s dreams. Try not to avoid a conditional existence because the universe works in zig-zags and its impossible to predict how things will play out.
∴ Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius
∴ Many times in life we find ourselves travelling along a path and forgetting to bring our hearts to the places we never thought we could go. Instead, we put in work, work and more work, hoping we can achieve something. Bringing your heart along with you, using it to guide in making big decisions, is a fierce and well-lived approach.
∴ We love because it’s the only true adventure. – Nikki Giovanni
∴ To love and be loved is one of the best things that can happen to us and while we see it as that ‘best thing in the world’ we should also look at it as life’s adventure because it is. It’s that thing we share and that adventure we have, all together.
∴ Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller
∴ There’s no such thing as surviving life with a soft spine. Life calls for tough bones because it puts us in tough moments. The trick is to not let life’s difficulties harden us, but instead remain soft and strong willed.
∴ The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost
∴ The best way out of anything is going through it, not around it. Life throws us challenges to test us and our capabilities at sticking to this maxim so always try to look for the way through.
∴ If I know what love is, it is because of you. – Herman Hesse
∴ At some point we all have that one special person in life, that person who unconsciously teaches us some amazing things we never thought we’d learn or perhaps things that we never thought even existed. There’s no such thing as knowing everything about love, because it’s an ever-changing thing but this special person will teach us a lot.
∴ Love is friendship set on fire. – Jeremy Taylor
∴ Love built on the foundation of friendship is definitely one of the best kinds of love you can experience. A strong relationship needs to be grounded in ‘like’ as much as ‘love’ and so working on friendship whilst love blossoms is just as important.
∴ Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden
∴ Live each day as if its your last and live it as if its a masterpiece in creation. A goal like that will have you up in the morning thinking differently and setting your eyes on a horizon of your dreams.
∴ The trouble is, you think you have time. – Buddha
∴ Time slips away faster unless we consciously anchor ourselves into the present moment. In reality time is in fact an illusion, there is only the present moment, the past and future are simulations of the mind. Spending too much time thinking is how we can potentially waste a lifetime.
∴ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. – Helen Keller
∴ Life is a daring adventure and if it doesn’t feel that way then perhaps you’re not living it at its fullest. Its important that despite the responsibilities we pick up along the way, we should remain conscious that we are pushing ourselves to our limits.
∴ The giving of love is an education in itself. – Eleanor Roosevelt
∴ When was the last time you gave love? When was the last time you loved someone without asking for anything in return? Did you learn anything from that experience? Maybe you don’t know about it now but in time, you will realize how many lessons you have learned unconsciously just by giving love.
∴ Where there is love, there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi
∴ Similar to John Lennon’s sentiments, love brings out the vibrancy of life, it is the lubricant of a real, heart-felt existence and life experience. Be sure to suffuse all areas of your life with love to feel those benefits.
∴ Hope is the heartbeat of the soul. – Michelle Horst
∴ Hope is the lifeblood of our spirit, particularly when times are tough or we are praying for others. It nurtures the heart and the soul during a period of prolonged waiting and possibly angst. Its a very natural and healing refuge for a sincere spirit during difficult times.
∴ So it goes. – Kurt Vonnegut
∴ So it goes, indeed. Things will happen. We’re not in control and we’ll never be in control. So unless you want to stress out yourself about life, just say this mantra and you’ll be good to go. Believe it or not, a mantra this short, when straight to the point, can change not only your mood but outlook in life too.
∴ I am much more of me when I am with you. – Unknown
∴ Have you ever met the kind of person who you feel so light to be with? The person with that deep connection that affects you too and who doesn’t care whether you look silly or act like a child because what matters is being natural. Being true.
∴ Love the life you live, and live the life you love. – Bob Marley
∴ No matter how bad or great your life may seem to be at the moment, always be reminded that nobody else gets to live your life but you and certainly nobody else would love your life but you. Whatever makes your heart happy go and do it because your life is about you, everything else is secondary and everything will follow once you start living.
∴ Love is space and time measured by heart. – Marcel Proust
∴ When you allow yourself to love, you are also allowing yourself to stand the test of pretty much everything since the world will test all relationships anyway. Thus, the moment you love someone else, you have to be prepared for the tests of life. Know that life will put you and your relationship in unlikable situations, like being far apart, and you need a strong foundation for this. You need love to make it through.
∴ If there’s no struggle, there’s no process. – Frederick Douglass
∴ Many of us don’t like to struggle but what makes those who get past a struggle and those who are stuck is that the people who go through it have a different perception. They have a better understanding. Keep in mind that to struggle is to grow and to be a part of something.
∴ You are, and always have been, my dream. – Nicholas Sparks
∴ We’re all blessed to have amazing people around us. Perhaps not all of us end up married or having a big, happy family but at some point in our lives, we may meet a special person who will have a big impact in our lives and it’s our job to let that person know how much they matter when they come.
∴ Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan
∴ If there’s one thing we need to do before we die, that is to dream big. Let your aspirations soar and your dreams grow into impossible heights. Life without dreams and aspirations is a boring life, so let the come and push you to make them a reality, and make magic happen.
∴ I can, therefore I am. – Simone Weil
∴ Many people focus on the ‘I can’t’ instead of ‘I can.’ Instead of filling your mind with negative thoughts which block out help from the outside, start telling yourself you can be whoever you want to be because believe it or not, you really can. It’s just a matter of acknowledging your abilities and the abilities you have yet to discover.
∴ Try and fail, but never fail to try. – Jared Leto
∴ How many times have you tried to do something and then after failing once, decided to let it go and move on? Probably a lot. Failure is good, its beautiful. It teaches lessons and counsels us in taking risks and moving with a sense of inner truth. Failing to ever try is territory for regret.
∴ The journey is my home. – Muriel Rukeyser
∴ How we see things in life makes a massive difference. If we look at a problem and see it as a problem then for us, that’s exactly what it’s going to be. But if you see it as an opportunity to explore and try new solutions, then that’s where you’ll be heading – to explore and find solutions. Same goes as to going home. Where exactly is your version of home? Is it a physical place you built, or is it the endless journey you have, called life?