Can You Change a Life?

When you’re feeling weak and confused and restless and tired and heartbroken and especially when you’re feeling like you’ll never find the right answers to all of life’s complexities…it always helps to remember that someone, somewhere, in some generation has been through the same feelings or even the same experiences that you are going through.

Could John Wayne have known, when he lived between the years of 1907-1979 that when he said some things, or wrote some things down…and then I read it 50 or so years later….that it would help me through a difficult decision or a rough day or a moment when I felt so blah inside that nothing could ever make me feel alive again?

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life…
Comes into us at midnight very clean.
It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” -John Wayne

what if we all treated today like it was the most important day of our life

Or….could Vincent Van Gogh, who died 80 years before I was even born, could ever have known that his words would illuminate the dark parts of my understanding?

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous
and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers
sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” -Vincent Van Gogh

Thank heavens they took the time to write or speak their thoughts…..here are some beautiful words from beautiful humans, who are so much like we are….as you read these words….think of the people, known and unknown, who can greatly benefit from what you have learned, what you are trying to learn and what you have yet to learn. We all need each other so much.

show yp with a smile and a willingness to help others smile too

“There is nothing to be gained by wishing you were someplace else
or waiting for a better situation. You see where you are
and you do what you can with that.” -Jacob K. Javits

“We’re given second chances every day day of our life.
We don’t usually take them, but they’re there for the taking.” -Andrew M. Greeley

“….remember this maxim; Attacking is the only secret.
Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes,
dare it again and it will succumb.” -William Thackeray

“When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you,
til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer,
never give up then…for that is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

“You only grow by coming to the end of something
and by beginning something else.” -John Irving

“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes
you can do it even better than you think you can.” -Jimmy Carter

“It does not take much strength to do things,
but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.” -Elbert Hubbard

“A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile
when somebody contemplates it
with the idea of a cathedral in mind.” -Antoine do Saint-Exupery

So…here’s the challenge….share your words. ┬áSee if you can change a life….I bet you can.

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