The Power of Words


 

Most of my suffering and turmoil is self-generated. Apparently insight is 90% of the problem but how do I change ingrained patterns of behaviour that seem automatic? All that happens when I tackle myself is that anxiety increases and I become even more inflexible and unchanged. Usually a sense of humour snaps me out of this conundrum. Inspirational quotes act like quick shots of cognitive therapy by changing my thoughts.As cognitive therapy says thoughts precede emotions; change your thoughts and your emotions change.

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself. Ethel Barrymore
Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford


Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. 
Christopher Reeve

aea (1)We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale


Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. – Thomas Edison

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. – Aristotle


If not us, who? If not now, when? – John F. Kennedy
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield


Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray

 

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb


You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. – Mohandas Gandhi


If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill923314_590298837667025_30685161_n

We’re never gonna survive unless we go a little crazy. – Seal

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain


Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. – Tom Peters

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. – Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson


A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. – Thomas Carlyle

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21 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. It’s hard not to take situations too seriously! I like to think of setbacks as adventures (childish?) but my husband doesn’t always get excited about the random things that happen when you travel for a living with two children. Lol, he has a good attitude but has to have one on purpose you can tell 😉

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    1. it is hard- but it gets easier to step back and laugh at ourselves. I imaginne God does because He can see the big picture and knows that it will all work out.

      the divine set-up is that we marry our opposite

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      1. Seeing how seriously my children take the issues that come up in their life makes me wonder how Jesus views us as we handle ours! A parent can realize that an insult, minor injury, lost toy or rainy day are very temporary issues, but how much more minute our circumstances to an eternal God? Lol!

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  2. A great selection of quotes, normally I skim over such things thinking they are silly and can’t change me, but after reading all of these in a row, I must admit I am feeling a bit larger spring in my step than what I normally have.

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  3. Then again, unless I missed a living one, I think all of the people you quoted are dead, so a fat lot of good those quotes did them!

    Don’t mind me, I’m trying to perfect my curmudgeon persona. I think I’m almost there. But, never mind that. Consider this quote:

    “Smile, it could be worse, they said. So I smiled and sure enough it got worse.”
    unknown

    Sorry, I can’t help myself.

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  4. I once also was into cognitive psycho therapy. It helped!
    Wonderful quotes. My favorites are Farrah Gray, Ancient Indian proverb, Mark Twine and Thomas Carlyle.

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  5. Great and timely quotes. I’m a germinated seed on the verge of sprouting. I can’t wait to see what springs forth. This will only happen if I let doubt keep tucking the sprout back into the seed’s covering, though. You’ve provided plenty of reasons why to “let ‘er rip!” Thanks!

    (I see you got a cooler “Award Free” badge. May I?)

    Have a delightful day!
    \o/

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