December 31, 2018

7 Snippets of Shared Wisdom that Inspire the Heck out of Me.

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for quotes lists.

While I don’t typically go searching, I can pull up a few of my favorites here on Elephant within a couple of seconds when I need a pick-me-up.

Here are the pick-me-ups that I’ve especially needed, of late. I share in hopes that they remind all of us:

To be grateful:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  ~ Albert Einstein 

To take chances:

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

To express ourselves:

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

That small actions make a difference:

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

That each of us is one of a kind, and that’s amazing:

“Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” ~ Dr. Seuss

That chasing what lights us up is so, so worth it:

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ~ Paulo Coelho

To bring our best to the table*:
*Author’s note: This one sometimes sends me into an existential crisis. 😉

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Okay okay, one bonus item:

And to find a manifesto that works for each of us, as individuals.
(You could write one, or find words that inspire the crap out of you. This one totally shakes me out of sleeping):

“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.” ~ Dawna Markova

What wisdom has changed your life? Share in the comments if so inspired! <3


Author: Jen Schwartz
Image: @elephantjournal on Instagram
Copy Editor: Nicole Cameron

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Catherine Monkman Jan 1, 2019 12:56pm

Absolutely love that manifesto at the end! Thanks Jen!! xo

carolyn Dec 31, 2018 4:34pm

Wow! What a great collection of quotes. That last one just squeezed my soul at the same time as it also opened up. I’ve been trying to live beyond my fears in the last few months. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words. ❤️

donnakling Dec 31, 2018 2:49pm

Love this so much. Especially the manifesto. Thank you dearest Jen.

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Jen Schwartz

Jen Schwartz is a joy seeker/sharer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Made mostly of heart, she is a believer in the power of gratitude and lover of the (extra)ordinary. Jen is in training to be a community choir/song leader and is particularly passionate about people, connection, words, and song—and how those things can change the world when combined.  A former staff member at Elephant Journal, you’ll often find Jen correcting grammar in things publicly displayed, thanking the sun for shining, or pointing out lyric references in everyday conversation. Connect with Jen on Facebook or her website.