I have had countless moments during the past few weeks where I've been at a loss for words. Verbally, I am more quiet than usual, and the written words come with some challenges. I am working so hard to keep things as normal as possible. Some days I feel like I am swimming with the current yet getting nowhere. When asked, “How is your day?” the answer is, “It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything is fine.”
Do you know what fine means? According to the band Aerosmith, it stands for Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional. Perhaps many of us on certain days are feeling somewhat FINE during this crazy quarantine time? Hahaha!
So, I thought I would turn to other people for some words of wisdom, inspiration, and humor. We can all use some of that. My suggestion is to read through them all. Come back to them when needed and share them with others who could use a pick me up.
“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”
- Oprah Winfrey
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
- Nick Vujicic
“No matter your position, circumstances, or opportunities in life, you always have the freedom of mind to choose how you experience, interpret, and, ultimately, shape your world.”
- Brendon Burchard,
“Stress, anxiety, boredom, confidence, excitement, engagement are all contagious.
Be wary of whom you spend your time with. And lift others with your enthusiasm for life.”
- Vishen Lakhiani
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love, and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it.”
- Amy Schumer
“Build resilience in yourselves. When tragedy or disappointment strikes, know that you have the ability to get through absolutely anything. I promise you do. As the saying goes, we are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined.”
- Sheryl Sandberg
“Our state of mind can turn even neutral comments into fighting words, distorting what we hear to fit what we fear.”
- Daniel J. Siegel
“The power of positive thinking is the ability to generate a feeling of certainty in yourself when nothing in the environment supports you.”
- Tony Robbins
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
- Timothy Ferriss,
“Homeless person or business person, doctor or teacher, whatever your background may be, the same holds true for each of us: life takes on the meaning that you give it.”
- Liz Murray