Guess what today is? It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!
I am glad to leave the cold and the snow of winter behind, although according to the weather forecast, winter still has a grip on the region where I live. Even so, spring is officially here today at 12:15pm EDT in the USA.
Here are 6 + 1 quotes to help us celebrate. Enjoy!
The year’s at the spring And day’s at the morn; Morning’s at seven; The hillside’s dew-pearled; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in His Heaven– All’s right with the world!
No winter last forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland
Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams
Sunshine is the best medicine.~Unknown
Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. ~Unknown
If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Does the grouch get richer quicker than the friendly sort of man? Can the grumbler labor better than the cheerful fellow can? Is the mean and churlish neighbor any cleverer than the one Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then smiling passes on?
Just stop and think about it. Have you ever known or seen A mean man who succeeded, just because he was so mean? When you find a grouch with honors and with money in his pouch, You can bet he didn’t win them just because he was a grouch.
Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along your way, And your lot will not be harder for the kindly things you say. Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others that you spend: You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause to be a friend.
It’s wonderful to have trusted friends and loved ones who encourage you and support you as you craft a soul-prospering life. Sometimes, though, they aren’t always there for you because they have their own soul-prospering life to build. It’s important to know how to encourage yourself.
Enjoy these inspiring, encouraging quotes.
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.– Eleanor Roosevelt
If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.– Fred Rogers
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.– Maxwell Maltz
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.– Jean Shinoda Bolen
Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.– Parker Palmer
Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?– Brigham Young
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives. – Denis Waitley
Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.– Dan Coppersmith
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.– Howard Washington Thurman
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.– Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.– Louise L. Hay
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. –William James
It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.– W.C. Fields
There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.– Brian Andreas
Which quote rang true for you? Keep it handy this week and refer to it often.
What if you discover you don’t really trust yourself, at least not when it comes to crafting your soul-prospering life. What do you do then?
Just like many other skills and habits, you can learn to trust yourself.
It’s all about what you do, your follow-through.
For instance, if you’re self-trust is shaky because you aren’t sure you have what it takes–after all, your Vision is BIG (this is a very good thing, and it’s also a very good thing if your Vision is “small”; size does NOT matter in this case!). The solution is to break the steps you need to take into small bits and pieces then make a plan for regularly and consistently working on them.
Also, remember to reach out for help when you need it. That help can take the form of mentors, coaches, teachers, trusted friends and loved ones; it can be taking classes, attending workshops, and carving out regular time for practicing and refining your new skills.
What if you find you’re having trouble taking the first step, no matter how small it is? You make plans and promises, lay out schedules and deadlines, and may have a reward set up for the little successes along the way. But yet, you don’t begin or you make a weak start and then either give up or become distracted with the this’s and that’s of Life.
Your self-trust is shaky because you break your promises to yourself. You can’t trust yourself to do what you say you’ll do and to see it through to the finish.
No worries–you aren’t doomed to a life of disappointment and of ‘less than’.
It’s all about smallness, slowness, and steadiness.
Learn to trust yourself by starting with something small, such as making your bed every morning or putting your dirty clothes into the hamper each day rather than strewing them across your bedroom. Choose ONE THING. And when deciding how and when you’ll do it, KEEP IT SIMPLE!!
The best reward you can give yourself is being mindful as you’re doing that task and feeling the pleasure and satisfaction of doing it, even if you aren’t doing it well or perfectly, just the fact that you’re doing it is justification enough to feel the pleasure and satisfaction.
Then, when the small simple task is complete, take a moment to feel the pleasure and satisfaction of having followed through to completion. Forget about the judgment of whether or not the result was done to perfection, because the whole point is that you chose a task and you completed it.
Following through on small simple tasks and enjoying the pleasure and satisfaction that you feel are the building blocks of strong self-trust.
Keep taking these steps and you’ll find your confidence and self-trust increasing and you can then take on a little larger project.
Small, slow, and steady wins every single time!
You CAN do this, I KNOW you can!
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