Some time ago, a client commented that the mirror in my office was the only one she could look into without judging her reflection harshly.
We marveled at that experience and worked to extend that phenomenon to other mirrors in her life.
Her feedback inspired a weekly tradition in my office. Each week that mirror now communicates encouragement, inspiration and common sense in the form of quotations from others in the world-at-large. May all mirrors reflect compassion and kindness!
We enjoy them. Hope you will as well. Here’s a sampling
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
There is never a good time for mindfulness, and there is never a bad time. Mindfulness is one of those things you simply do, because if you practice being aware – completely open to the universe, just exactly as it is – you will
transform your life in time.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes a difference.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.
Promise me you’ll always remember you are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
A. A. Milne
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.
J. K. Rowling
Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What you plant now, you will harvest later.
With the new day comes new thoughts and new strength.
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells
We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.
Mary Anne Radmacher
The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
Only I can change my life, no one can do it for me.
Myths are lies that lead us to truth.
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work.
Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Simone de Beauvoir
He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose
how you construct meaning from experience.
David Foster Wallace
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
Thich Nhat Hanh
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
We know what we are, but not what we may be.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
Look inside yourself, Simba, you are more than you have become.
The Lion King
Opportunity may be hard to recognize if you are only looking for a lucky break.
See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.
We are constantly being told what other people think we are, and that’s why it is so important to know yourself.
Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Perfection is out of the question.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
There’s a hunger and a fervor that I have, but there’s no person I’m going to push to the side to get where I’m going. I want to create my own road.
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.
Our way is not soft grass, it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, to the sun.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
All great achievements require time.
There is freedom waiting for you,
on the breezes of the sky.
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling
What if you fly?