I’m a bit of a sucker for the inspirational poster. You know the sort of thing, a photograph, usually of a breathtaking natural scene, with some inspirational message over the top. I find coming across one of these messages can make me smile, move me or uplift my thinking.
Here’s my list of 10 of the best that I have enjoyed over the last few months:
The first one is from TUT.COM, the brainchild of Mike Dooley working under the auspices of The Universe!
‘The thing about success is that she often arrives at such a late hour that only the oddballs, freaks and nuts (you know the ones who continue believing in spite of all worldly evidence to the contrary) remain to greet her.’
This is reassuring to those of us that hold on to our beliefs when others fall by the wayside. See you at the finishing line!
The next is from a website called The Earth Child and I’ve seen this attributed to the Dalai Lama – but what isn’t these days? Either way, it’s a lovely saying.
‘If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind and you will always be right.’
Simple and clear. Love it.
Now another that I’ve also seen attributed to the Dalai Lama, rather proving my last point, is this great reminder:
‘Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.’
How many of us have looked back on a situation only to be thankful that what we wished for with all our hearts didn’t in fact happen? You too?
The Power of Positivity site that generates so many of these images makes a habit of coming up with some lovely messages, much as their name might imply! This is one of theirs.
‘Do not believe the things you tell yourself when you are sad and lonely.’
How true is that?
This quote from Rita Schiano, an American writer and inspirational speaker, was chosen by the Mind Unleashed for this great piece of advice:
’Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.’
We all know people who just love to wallow in the bad things in their lives. But we choose to spend more time with those who radiate positive energy. Sometimes we just need to take a moment to turn the conversation around to something more positive.
This one is along similar lines from Bryant H McGill another American best-selling author and speaker.
‘Everyone goes through hell, but not everyone stays there. Stop tormenting yourself by reliving the pain over and over. Good people go through terrible things, but wise people know when and how to let it go.’
Now I love number 7 because I really like this concept of ‘finding your tribe.’
‘When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with cries of ‘me too!’ Be sure to cherish them because those weirdos are your tribe.’
Lessons Learned in Life Inc. shared this consolation to all of us good women out there:
‘A pretty face gets old. A nice body will change. But a good woman will always be a good woman.’
The Power of Positivity also came up with this unattributed promise!
‘Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.’
I’m sure they are right!
Haruki Murakami, the Japanese writer is quoted from the site, ‘Begin with Yes’, with this profound message about why we have to go through the lessons we experience in life.
‘When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.’
Our life experiences are transformational – that’s the point!
But the Holstee manifesto is something that has permanent pride of place in my kitchen and a great reminder every day.
I’m sure you have some favourites of your own. Do share them! I’d love to add to my collection.