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.
Anna Quindlen

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
James Baldwin


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.
Marsha Linehan


Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe


It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes a difference.
Jenny Craig


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.
Maya Angelou


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.
Og Mandino


With the new day comes new thoughts and new strength.
Eleanor Roosevelt


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.
Barbara DeAngelis


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.
Mark Twain


Only I can change my life, no one can do it for me.
Carol Burnett


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.
Oprah Winfrey


Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
Brian Tracy


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.
Isabel Allende


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.
Margaret Fuller


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.
Dolly Parton


We know what we are, but not what we may be.
William Shakespeare


We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
Maya Angelou


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.
Monta Crane


See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.
Wayne Dwyer


We are constantly being told what other people think we are, and that’s why it is so important to know yourself. 
Sarah McLachlan


Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.
Oprah Winfrey


Be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi


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.
Mary Pickford


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Mark Twain


Perfection is out of the question.
Anne Archer


Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Lucille Ball


You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Rabindranath Tagore


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. 
Drew Barrymore


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.
Sophia Loren


In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.
Dalai Lama


Our way is not soft grass, it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, to the sun.
Ruth Westheimer


Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem


Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Helen Keller


The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
Maya Angelou


There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Beverly Sills


All great achievements require time.
Maya Angelou

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?

Erin Hanson