Reflecting on Wisdom from Others

Have you ever heard a good quote that left you thinking? The wisdom of others can help us see life from a new and interesting perspective. It can be the inspiration to change our thinking (or maybe reaffirm our beliefs). On the journey toward greater mental wellness, wisdom from others can help us reflect on ourselves. It can also be a mantra to help us stay focused on what’s most important to us.

Take some time with the quotes below to reflect on their meaning in your life.

“Self-love begins when we observe our actions and words with compassion as if we were our own best friend.” Sara M. Bosworth
“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” Stephen McCranie
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” Dalai Lama XIV
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” William Faulkner
“Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is the starting point to begin changing your life.” Deborah Day
“Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart
“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” Aristotle
“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” Maya Angelou
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tz
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Margaret Mead

Consider using the quotes as journal prompts, a topic starter for you to write about and ponder. You may find that some really speak to you, while others just aren’t as impactful or are different from what you believe. The real goal is to develop a greater understanding of yourself and broaden your thoughts.

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