I love a good quote and I’m not talking about those cheesy ‘karma’ ones.
You can always rely on a trusty quote to convey an effective message, with just a few words you can adopt a life lesson reminder into your mantra. As the years have rolled by, there are some quotes that have become quite meaningful to me.
Time is the greatest healer
This one I never really understood, until I got my heart broken. As anyone who has ever been through it knows, it’s like you’re trapped in a never-ending cycle of despair, regret and what if’s. After being heartbroken, I remember being at a pretty low point in my life, I was struggling sleep at night, waking up in the morning with that knot in my chest, even just trying to get through the day without breaking down was a challenge. I just didn’t want to feel like that anymore. My mother told me time is the greatest healer and that one day I would wake up, and it wouldn’t seem so bad. Funnily enough, that’s exactly what happened. I remember waking up one day and it wasn’t the first thing on my mind anymore, I was able to get through the day without wanting a cry, And this is why mums are always right.
A Lion does not concern himself with the opinion of sheep
I love this one, there have been so many times in my life where I’ve let peoples opinion of me (or what I thought they think) affect me and my decisions. People will always think things, good and bad. You can’t control that. All you can do is be the best you can possibly be to improve your quality of life. While constructive criticism is often beneficial, concerning yourself with what others think of you only holds you back.
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Something that I need to hammer into my brain daily! I am a worrier, not as much as I was but still, It’s almost like a hobby for me. Projecting something in my mind until it becomes all-consuming. The things we worry about rarely happen anyway BUT being cynical and expecting the worst from everything is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Worrying doesn’t solve or prevent anything.
Your vibe attracts your tribe
When I was at a particularly low point in my early 20’s. I was impressionable and not as wise as I am now. I seemed to attract people with bad intentions. In both my friendships and relationship. I had a group of people I called my friends but looking back, they were anything but and I didn’t have a clue. These people never have a good word to say about one another or anyone. Why was I hanging out with these people? Well, I lacked confidence in myself and didn’t fully trust in my decisions. When you’re in a bad place or have a negative outlook on life, you’ll often find that like attracts like. When I realised that these girls didn’t have my back, I made the decision to stop hanging out with them.
If you’re staying true to yourself, feeling gratitude and generally having a more positive outlook on life, good people are drawn to you like a magnet. My relationships are now much more meaningful and real. I am lucky to have a crew of truly good people who lift me up, they’re supportive and inspire me. Does your tribe reflect who you want to be?
Comparison is the thief of joy
I think this one is probably one of the biggest issues our society faces today. Social media plays a HUGE part, we self-judge based on a picture perfect lifestyle we see on Instagram. That’s exactly it, it’s not real life. Would you even want that to be real life? Instead of focussing on what someone else has, focus that energy on figuring out how you are going to get where you want to be. Back last year, I posted about taking a digital detox, I found this really helped me to focus on what matters.
You get out what you put in
Meaning if you want something, work your ass off until you get there. I started a healthier lifestyle back in October, over the years I’ve made countless promises to myself when it comes to fitness. This time was different though, I stopped expecting to see results after 3 weeks in the gym, doing half arsed workouts and eating processed crap. Now I work extra hard when I workout, not focusing on my results today but visualising my results in 4 months. Patience is most definitely a virtue (just thought I’d throw another quote in there) and it might take you 6 months or 10 years to achieve that goal, if you really want it, you’ll work hard towards it. Sometimes life can be unfair but the things we want life are often within our grasp, it’s all about putting the extra work in, being patient, persistent and working towards your goals.
What quotes inspire you?