I’ll never forget the time I was in the grocery store, having one of the worst days of my life.
I was out of work, and money was extremely tight. I couldn’t write, because my carpal tunnels were on fire. I couldn’t WALK, because I’d twisted my ankle. I was struggling with crutches to rise from an electric go-cart that the store made available to disabled shoppers.
From out of the blue, a wonderful stranger appeared at my side. He smiled and handed me the aspirin bottle that I’d been trying to fish off the top shelf. In a deeply caring voice this man asked me, “Has anyone told you today that you are loved?”
“As a matter of fact . . . NO!”
(Poor guy. I practically bit off his head.)
Nevertheless, I was smiling by the time I left the store. By having the courage to reach out to me, that perfect stranger quite literally changed my day.
Remembering how that Random Act of Kindness made me feel, I now make it a habit to reach out to strangers, too. (“Giving and receiving are the same.” ~ A Course in Miracles.) I also started to keep a journal of motivational quotes and artwork that lift my spirits.
I'd like to express my gratitude to all the teachers, great and small, who have inspired me to work toward my dreams. In the spirit of "passing it on," I selected 20 entries from my journal to inspire your success.
20 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Success
“One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage to fulfill it. -- Katherine Ann Porter
“What you do matters. All you need is to do it.” -- Judy Grahn
“What great thing would you do if you knew you could not fail? – Dr. Robert Schuller
“Beliefs are not facts – but they do shape our reality.” – Dick Sutphen
“No one thinks in your mind except you.” – Louise Hay
"Others can stop you temporarily; only you can do it permanently." – Page Sullivan
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” -- Joseph Chilton Pearce
“What great achievement has been performed by the one who told you it could not be done?” – Melvin Chapman
“It’s not who we are that holds us back. It’s who we think we’re not.” – Michael Nolan
“What is it going to be: reasons or results?” -- Art Turock
“When you think you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.” – Thomas Edison
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” -- Albert Einstein
“Be assured that you’ll always have time for the things you put first.” – Liane Steele
“No matter what the statistics say, there’s always a way.” – Dr. Bernie Siegel
“Act boldly, and unseen forces will come to your aid.” -- Dorothea Brande
“There is more inside you than you dare think.” -- David Brower
“If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” -- Joseph Campbell
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." -- Helen Keller
“Whatever you think about and THANK about, you bring about.” -- John diMartini
“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.” – Kobi Yamada