If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quotes can offer up a bit of encouragement or a starting point, push, or reaffirmation of a way forward. Quotes open the door for encouragement but you have to walk through that door and apply what you are reading to your life.
If you do not use quotes as a tool of life, the idea of quotes to you is pointless (and therefore you are probably no longer reading this.) But if you are a fan of quotes, chances are you are open to things in life, open to learning, and open to changing things you are not satisfied with. Quotes are also a great reinforcement tool. You can read all the quotes you want but if you don’t use them to your benefit (applying them to life), they will not do you much good.
“You are a fortunate person, indeed, if you can begin each day accepting the fact that during that day there will be ups and downs, good breaks and bad ones, disappointments, surprises, an unexpected turn of events.”
We see, all over social media, quotes, quotes, and more quotes. What the heck is going on?
How inspirational quotes can benefit us:
- Quotes can provide a different or better angle on a subject.
- Quotes can give you insight into the thoughts and teachings of very wise people. Whether they are alive or dead, their words resonate and continue to enlighten for all time.
- You are your actions. The great thing about quotes (if they are applied in life) is that you read the quote, you act upon the quote, and you, therefore, become your actions. So if you are reading about kindness, you begin to do kind things, you continue to do kind things and make kindness a habit, and therefore you become a kinder person.
- Inspirational words often remind us about what we already know, or aspire to be, and trigger something within us to get back on track.
- Quotes are generally short in length, therefore, it is easy to memorize them.
- Quotes take a big idea and compact it down into a short burst of knowledge.
- Many of the issues and roadblocks we come across in life have been lived through by many others. There are many nuggets of guidance found in quotes. If you are stuck in life, reading a quote about the nature of your issue can often times help.
- Quotes are a great motivational tool! Print them off and put them wherever you spend time for a quick and easy reminder of your goals.
- Quotes aren’t “preachy.” They are short, sweet, happy, to-the-point, light words that will stick with you because they are in small bits.
- Sometimes it’s difficult to convey what is on your mind and a simple quote is a good way to get your point across.
- Quotes remind us of our value system.
Tips for making quotes count:
- Read the quote a few times slowly. If it’s something that resonates with you, print it off, write it down, or snap a pic of it so that you have it on hand and can read it again and again at any time. Get yourself a good quote book and read a few quotes when you wake up and before you go to bed.
- Think about the quote after you read it. Some quotes can mean something different to you than even the original author had in mind when they said it. Find the meaning in the quote, even if the meaning is deeper than the author intended it to be.
- Try and understand the true meaning of the quote. In doing so may give you a new appreciation for life and help you to see truths you may have otherwise overlooked.
- Act upon inspirational quotes. If you are interested in goodness and kindness quotes, for example, do more good and kind acts for others. Whether it is about helping others or nurturing yourself, incorporate the words that resonate with you into your life and grow yourself as a human.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
(image of bench by Buddy Bench)