"Become totally empty. Let your heart be at peace. Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings. Things flourish, each by each, only to return to the Source...to what is and what is to be. To return to the root is to find peace."
"Be here in your mind as well as in your body, in a state of appreciation and an absence of longing. Let go of wondering about doing the right thing. Release the what-ifs and all of your goals for the future, replacing them with the power of this instant. Be here, and remember to do it now, for thinking about someplace else uses up your precious present moments."
"It's a surrendering process, if you will--simply allowing this great all-creating, all-nourishing Source to take you where it will."
"This surrendering process allows you to bear witness to the unlimited abundance of eternal light that is always present. You retrain yourself to give up your beliefs about lacks and shortages; you instead trust in the great Source to provide what you need, as it has always done for all beings."
"Take the next step forward in faith."
"When you are trapped at the water's edge, keep walking, because God opens unexpected paths."
From Cheryl Strayed:
"Nobody is going to give you a thing. You have to give it to yourself. You have to tell us what you have to say."
"To use our individual good or bad luck as a litmus test to determine whether or not God exists constructs an illogical dichotomy that reduces our capacity for true compassion. It implies a pious quid pro quo that defies history, reality, ethics, and reason. It fails to acknowledge that the other half of rising--the very half that makes rising necessary--is having first been nailed to the cross."
"What if the greatest beauty of the day is the shaft of sunlight through your window? What if the worst thing happened to you and you rose anyway?"
"If you are tempted to be angry, allow Jesus to demonstrate his peace (Colossians 3:15). If you are tempted to doubt, remember the life you now live is by faith in him (Galatians 2:20). If you are tempted to give up, believe that you have his strength to go on (Philippians 4:13)."
"...doubt sinks you. Faith holds you up."
From Erika Napoletano:
"Hug failure. Roll up next to it in bed every night and spoon it. Become intimate with it because it's going to allow you to do things in life and business that those who are afraid to fail can only imagine."
"In business and life alike, we're entitled to nothing. We don't get cookies for having great ideas. Every day, we have to wake up and re-earn our place in the lives of the people who make it possible for us to do what we love."
"With God on your side, you cannot possibly lose. He can make a way when it looks as though there is no way. He can open doors that no man can shut. He can cause you to be at the right place, at the right time. Jesus said, 'If you believe, then all things are possible.'"
"Don't grow accustomed to living with less, doing less, and being less to the point that you eventually sit back and accept it."
"'Fan the flame. Rekindle the embers. Stir up the gift that is within you.' Paul was reminding his understudy to live with enthusiasm. Give it your all. Don't settle for mediocrity."
"When things are difficult, smile by faith. Don't wait until you feel better. Smile, and the feelings to support that smile will catch up."
"Be comfortable with the person God made you to be. You can't get distracted and lose your focus by comparing yourself to others. Run your own race."
"You may tend to see how great everybody else is, but let me tell you, there is something great about you. Somebody thinks you're amazing. Someone else is inspired by your life. Some even with they could be you. You are a person to be celebrated. So put your shoulders back. Hold your head up high. You don't have to compete with anyone else. Just be the best you can be."
"Keep failing until you accidentally no longer fail."
"Nothing comes out exactly how we want it. But we have to learn to roll with it and move to the next work."
From Edwene Gaines:
"An uplifted mind is a magnet for all good things of the universe to hasten to you. Whereas, a depressed, anxious, critical, resentful state of mind becomes a magnet for trouble to fly to you. The choice is up to you."