Quotes to Lift You Up When You’re Down

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Encouragement for Today

Everyone experiences those times when you’re down, just not feeling at your best. You may be discouraged and just in need of some encouraging words.

Here are a few quotes that I hope will help you in the midst of your storm:

 

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” –Jean de la Bruyere

 

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” –Chinese Proverb

 

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” –Maya Angelou

 

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” –Jack Canfield

 

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” –Helen Keller

 

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” –Nelson Mandela

 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

 

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” –H.G. Wells

 

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” –Andrew Carnegie

38 Inspirational Quotes from Billy Graham

Billy Graham once said, “I look forward to death with great anticipation” and “My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”  Today we say goodbye to the great evangelist who is now home.

Some amazing facts about Billy Graham:

  • He was one of the ten most admired men in the world, appearing on the list more than anyone.
  • He preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.
  • He was known as a spiritual adviser to presidents since Harry Truman
  • He was frequently called the Protestant Pope.
  • He has awards ranging from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award to the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • He was bestowed with the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  • He was truly one of the giants of the last century.

Despite all of the accolades, he was puzzled by his own success, often saying “that the first thing I am going to do when I get to Heaven is to ask, “Why me, Lord?”

In his own words:

 

“A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.” -Billy Graham

 

“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” -Billy Graham

 

“God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with.” -Billy Graham

 

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” -Billy Graham

Don’t Listen to the Dream Killers

Don’t Listen

You have a burning desire to be something, to do something. You want to make a mark on the world.

Maybe it’s to start a business or get a promotion. Perhaps your dream is to write a book or finally lose weight.

All around you are the voices of discouragement. No sooner do you announce your dream than you hear them drowning out your inner voice.

 

“What makes you think you can do that?”

“Really? Are you qualified?”

 

Some of them mean well.

Others only feel insecure, threatened that your dream will shift your current status and usher in unknown change.

They criticize you. Tell you that you can’t do it. They want you to give up. They want to keep you where you are.

Too many people seem to revel in killing dreams. Whether you let them or not is up to you.

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” –Harriet Tubman

 

Stay the Course

There’s art inside of you. It builds up like a pressure valve. Letting it out is the only relief, the only way to release the tension.

Don’t listen. Change the channel. Walk away.

That inner voice inside of you is speaking potential. That vision of yours is dimmed only by allowing the dream killers to steal your hope.

Don’t listen to the dream killers.

You have the ability. You have the potential. Your dream is within your grasp.

 

“Do not let dream killers dim your vision and steal your joy.” –Skip Prichard

 

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Christmas Lessons from An Unlikely Source

This is a guest post by Tammi Spayde. Tammi is an executive specializing in human resources, marketing, and operations.

The Reluctant Dog Owner

“Mommy can we please have a dog? I promise we’ll take care of it!”

Every Christmas, the plea for a dog was made.  I was going to have to find another way to ask what they wanted.

“Oh honey, your brother is still small. It might not be safe to get a dog right now.”

“Ok.”   Head hung, she walked away and was soon on to other things.

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” –Roger Caras

 

Through the younger years of childhood, we successfully diverted the annual dog question. “Not this year, we’re going to take a special trip!” “How about a ping-pong table instead?” “We aren’t home enough to have a pet—it wouldn’t be fair.” “Mommy and Daddy already bought you a gift. You’re going to love it!”   Squeals of excitement and distraction. Dog day averted once again.

 

Be Open to the Unexpected

That’s why it came as a shock to all of us one year when the annual plea was made and I said “maybe.”

WHAT?! Who said that? My husband looked at me as if I had lost my mind. I had and didn’t know why. Seriously, I had no idea why I said “maybe” but now I was in trouble. Three pairs of eyes staring at me with a mix of sheer joy and astonishment. And then the questions. “When can we get it!?” “Can it be a puppy?” “Can I name it?”

“Uh honey, can I speak to you privately?” My husband ushered me out to garage. “What are you doing!?”

“I don’t know but I have a plan.” During the questioning and walk to the garage, I had devised a strategy. We would just go and look. I had to maintain credibility but was certain I could find a way out.

I phoned my friend Rene. Rene had recently assumed the leadership role at a rural animal shelter. “Hey Rene”! Had to be careful here…didn’t want to give her the wrong impression. “You probably don’t have any suitable dogs and I’m not really a dog person but you know…the kids keep asking. I might consider it if you had something in the range of a 2-year old, house-broken, non-shedding, hypo-allergenic, 15-20 pound, special breed, child-friendly dog.” I felt pretty smug and slightly guilty. When Rene said “no” I would just go back and tell the children they didn’t have any dogs this year that would be right for us.

“You know”, said Rene, we don’t get a lot of dogs here with that profile but we have a few that would be perfect for your kids. Bummer.   Again, my integrity was at stake. “Can you and your family stop by the shelter tomorrow night?” Moving too fast Rene.

 

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” –Josh Billings

 

“Sure” I say.

On the hour drive to the shelter, the excitement increased. The adults weren’t saying much and the kids didn’t stop talking. We arrived at a small, colorful little building and were met by Rene and her friendly team. Secretly hoped it would be dark and smelly but no such luck.

Rene handed us a family questionnaire. Huh. Weren’t we here to look at dogs?  We completed the survey with questions like, “Do you want your dog to excitedly greet you and follow you when you arrive at home, greet you and then return to his/her spot or not greet you at all?”

 

Life’s Greatest Joys Are Not Usually Planned

After our family questionnaire was completed and scored, we were given a color that represented our family temperament. Dogs with the same color were brought out for us to “interview.” We were deemed to be “compatible” with two color groups. Interesting. Maybe we could use this system when we interviewed people for jobs at my company.

FullSizeRender (21)Among the canine candidates was Miles the Beagle. My husband had beagles growing up, albeit outdoors. He was cute and I thought “maybe.” Then he hiked his leg on the drywall. Rene saw the horror on my face.

You see, I am an indoor person. I view the outdoors pretty much as the space between two indoor places. “Now don’t let that bother you”, says Rene. Our reception area ‘reads’ as an outdoor space to him because of all the dogs. He probably wouldn’t do that once he was settled in your home.” Just the mere chance was more than I could handle. We passed on Miles. Another few interviewees and I was thinking we were home free. Even the kids were a little put off by Miles’ behavior.

And then Bonita was ushered in.   Fifty pounds, shedding, black hair, not sure of her age, rescued from the roadside. Not at all my ideal dog profile. Handed to our son to walk, she stayed right beside him. Stopped when he stopped, walked when he walked, looked up at us all adoringly. She was apparently bi-lingual and responded to commands in English and Spanish. Danger zone. I had to do something.

 

“The simplest things in God’s creation, even an abandoned dog, speak volumes about love.” -Tammi Spayde

 

“Thank you all so much for introducing us to the shelter. We’ll think about it. We need to get back home. The kids have homework.”

Leaders: Choose Your Season

Time to Pause

This morning I went for a walk in the woods behind my house. It’s that time of year when winter’s line is blurring into spring, and spring is beginning to win. The trees remain leafless, and yet, if you look closely enough, you can see the tiniest hints of green scattered here and there. Days are beginning to shift and I feel the restlessness of nature. A slight wind is at first cold and biting before it shifts to a warm, teasing breeze. Walking to the back of the house, I glance up and watch quietly as a small bird ducks under the deck, carrying twigs to make a nest. Spring, undoubtedly, is on the way.

The changing of the seasons. I’m not sure why, but it makes me stop and think more. It’s time for a pause, a look back and a look ahead.  Spring is an exciting time, filled with new possibilities.  To fully take advantage of its hope, we need to discard what we are carrying to free us to take on new opportunities.

 

“You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself.” –Jim Rohn

 

Behind us, let’s leave:

  • The ideas of yesterday that didn’t work.
  • The insults and criticisms that others launched, still clawing at us.
  • The clutter of our lives. Yes, spring cleaning allows us to remove the physical clutter. But don’t stop there. It’s the spring cleaning of our thoughts that will yield a great future.
  • The missed goals of what we didn’t do. Holding onto them will only weigh us down.
  • The negative people who don’t believe in us and don’t join our vision.
  • The regrets of yesterday that we continue to allow to rule over today.

 

“Each of us is imbued with the power to choose to the season of our mind.” -Skip Prichard

Leadership Tip: Leave behind the negative people who don’t join your vision.

 

Ahead of us, let’s grab onto:

  • The dream that we shoved into the drawer, but hold onto.
  • The new idea that may prove to be the catalyst of our future.
  • The untried, the experiment, the positive.
  • The new friends who inspire us and push us out of our comfort zone.
  • The wisdom of the past that whispers its undeniable truth.
  • The happiness that trembles just beneath the surface, wanting to inspire.

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” -Stephen Covey

Leadership Tip: Embrace friends who inspire and push you out of your comfort zone.

 

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