(Somewhat) Gentle, Simple Reminders for the New Year

Via Victoria Klein
on Jan 3, 2011
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The New Year is here – you’re probably either screaming in terror or jumping for joy.

No matter how you approach it, the New Year is a great time to start fresh, get inspired, and move forward. For many of us, it’s all easier said than done.

With that in mind, I present to you a few helpful (and not-so-subtle) nudges in the right direction (and a bit of my own subtext).

“If everything is important, then nothing is.” – Anonymous

Not everything is a crisis. Calm the f**k down and take things one at a time.

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” – Benjamin Disraeli

We could all stand to be at least 1% more compassionate to anyone and everyone.

“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are just falling into place.” – Anonymous

The chaos of change in inevitable, but how you let it affect you isn’t.

“Imagination means nothing without doing.” – Charlie Chaplin

Think it, do it, end of story – no steps in-between.

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Anonymous

Smile no matter how you feel. There’s always a reason to smile.

“We shouldn’t spend money on things we don’t need when others don’t have the things they do.” – The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

Money doesn’t equal happiness – a lesson that is easy (yet very expensive & wasteful) to forget.

“Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

We all have the ability to create positive change. Find a cause you’re passionate about & do your part (large, small, or otherwise).


Do you have a favorite intelligent, inspirational quote?

Share it in the comments, along with your own blunt interpretation of its content. 🙂

[Photo credit: Shawn Thomas]


About Victoria Klein

Introduced to Yoga in 2000 at a gym in Connecticut, my personal practice has taken me through a crippling post-high-school era of depression and anxiety, 3 cross-country relocations, + the general rollercoaster of life. In 2012, I fulfilled a major item on my bucket list by graduating from the True Nature School of Yoga 200-Hour program in Oceanside, CA + eagerly began teaching as an RYT 200. In 2013, I've continued my dedication to education by taking True Nature's 500-Hour program, progressing toward the RYT 500 designation. Also a professional freelance writer since 2005, my first book, 27 Things to Know about Yoga, was published in 2010. I previously worked the front desk at the well-known Yoga Tree studios in San Francisco + in the production department at Yoga Journal Magazine. In my spare time, you’ll find me cooking, running, taking lots of pictures, being a Marine Corps spouse, and infusing Yoga into my entire life. My Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of effort + ease, sweating + relaxation, with numerous opportunities + options given to make each individual class easier or harder, depending on how you feel that day. As a teacher, I strive to help my students find clarity, compassion, + patience, both on + off the mat. FYI: you should join my newsletter so you don't miss any of the fun! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, + Pinterest!


16 Responses to “(Somewhat) Gentle, Simple Reminders for the New Year”

  1. Great to have you here, Victoria. Good thoughts.

    Look forward to many more to come.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  2. Lynn Hasselberger says:

    What a great way to start the day! Thanks Victoria. Here are some of my fave quotes…

    "One thing you can't recycle is wasted time." ~ANON

    “If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.”
    ~ Clint Eastwood

    …If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
    ~Anita Roddick

    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt

    The only way around is through. ~Robert Frost

    I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

    Happy New Year CHEERS!!

  3. Bud Wilson says:

    Welcome Victoria…Yes, your list of quotes are nice reminders for all of us. Something I came up with a few years ago is this: "everything is perfectly hopeless and hopelessly perfect, simultaneously" – It may serve as a mantra to relax and remain present with what is! Good work bringing yoga to the military!

    Happy New Year, Bud W.

  4. Tara Alley says:

    Love the list (added context particularly)! Printing it out and posting on the refrigerator… 😉

  5. Thank you, Bob. 🙂 It is a pleasure & an honor to be writing for Elephant Journal.

  6. Thank you, Bud 🙂 Your quote is fantastic and 100% true! Bringing yoga into the military (especially the Marine Corps, which my husband is now a part of) will be a wonderful challenge that I can't wait to begin. 🙂

  7. Thank you so much, Tara. I hope the list serves you well this year & in years to come. 🙂 Which quote was your favorite?

  8. Thank YOU for taking the time to comment & for enjoying the post so much 🙂

    You've included so many great quotes that I don't know where to start! 😀

    Two of my all-time favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes are, "A woman is like a tea bag – you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." & "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. " – such an intelligent lady!

  9. kimbopaloopa says:

    Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time
    There is Lazy wind outside today…..It'd just a'soon go through ya as go around ya……
    You teach others how to treat you…..

  10. AMO says:

    Everything will be OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's not the end…

  11. kimbopaloopa says:


  12. kimbopaloopa says:

    Oh And
    The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. – Thomas Henry Huxley
    UMMMM…..I will try harder to stop now…..

  13. A very simple concept that we should all remember – great addition, AMO 🙂

  14. So many wonderful quotes! Don't stop – keep sharing 🙂 I've got a huge list that I could share too … maybe I should write another post? 🙂

  15. kimbopaloopa says:

    Please Do…..

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