Sarah is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, & Kundalini yoga teacher. She is an artist who believes in the importance of living a creative life.
In a World of Negativity, Be Positive
It seems as though the world today is full of negativity. Between the news, other people, and sometimes even ourselves, it can seem like we are surrounded by it. But do we really want to focus our attention and energy on the negative? Of course not! The more we concentrate on the positive side of life, the more positive we ourselves become.
Seeing the lighter side of things isn't always easy, though. It is a process that we must go through every day. In fact, we must be willing to change the way we think. It probably won't happen overnight, but if we stick to it, it will be well worth it. The trick is to focus our awareness on building new, positive thoughts instead of fighting against old, negative ones. As Michael Beckwith once said, "energy flows where attention goes."
Words are a very powerful medium. You may have had an experience where you heard or read something, and it just stuck with you—it rang true and resonated deeply with who you are. There are many wise words out there, and this is just a small sampling of them. I encourage you to take to heart whatever rings true for you personally and leave the rest behind. Let your exploration continue beyond your first reading—you may be inspired to delve further into a particular quote or saying by looking up who said it and why. Below the quotes, you'll find a section with a few ideas about how best to incorporate your favorite wise words into your day-to-day life.
From Authors, Thinkers, and Artists
- "If you saturate your mind with positive thoughts, it will sustain you in any situation." —Lailah Gifty Akita
- "Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone." —Rashedur Ryan Rahman
- "Some good can emerge from the most horrific of events. There is something positive hidden in every negative, and something negative in every positive. Life is complicated, and a balanced person can see both sides." —Amish Tripathi
- "Always believe in the magic of a new beginning." —Dido Stargaze
- "As subtle as it appears, being thankful is in fact an utterly invincible attitude that has enough muscle to handily uproot the most negative attitudes that we can conjure up. And I would think that we would be thankful that we can actually have that much power working against all our negativity." —Craig D. Lounsbrough
- "If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing." —Gail Sheeshy
- "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." —Dan Millman
- "Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely." —Roy T. Bennett
- "If life throws you a few bad notes or vibrations, don't let them interrupt or alter your song." —Suzy Kassem
- "If you want to bring the world closer to peace, be a peacemaker by creating peace whenever you can. If you find yourself engaged in an argument that only stirs anger in the heart, quickly make peace and carry on." —Suzy Kassem
- "Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world." —Roy Bennett
- "Greatness comes from the inside and once you believe you have it, it's yours to share with the world." —Chris Burkmenn
From Spiritual Leaders
- "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength." —Corrie Ten Boom
- "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." —Mother Teresa
- "Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend—or a meaningful day." —The Dalai Lama
- "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell." —Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
- "There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." —Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
- "Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves." —Nisargadatta Maharaj
- "When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others." —Peace Pilgrim
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What to Do With Your Favorite Quotes
So, perhaps you have found a quote or two that you particularly like; now what? You can do several things to hold onto these words of wisdom and keep them present in your heart and mind.
- Post-its are a great way to keep your favorite quotes and sayings presented visually in front of you. The best thing about post-its is that you can stick them practically anywhere—in your car, on your refrigerator, on top of your alarm clock—the choice is yours. Try to choose a place that is either significant to the quote itself or that you will see regularly.
- Albums or journals are another excellent way to store your quotes if you have many that you wish to save. If you choose to use a photo album, simply take an index card of the appropriate size and handwrite the saying on the card before inserting it into the album. This method is also nice because it allows you the opportunity to add pictures if you so choose. You can take pictures yourself or use found images that you think fit well with the quotes you've included.
- A jar of quotes is a fun way to interact with your favorite sayings. Simply write your quotes on strips of paper, fold them up, and put them in a pretty jar or bowl. When you feel the need, take a piece of paper out at random and read it out loud to yourself, allowing the meaning to sink in. You can even ask about a situation or an issue that's been on your mind and use the quote you pull to guide your response. Don't worry; choosing a different quote if the first one doesn't quite make sense isn't cheating!
- Framed quotes are excellent if you have a particular quote that you want to have a special presence in your home. You can type the words on the computer in a lovely font or handwrite them yourself. Place the finished piece in a spot you will see often, or that holds special meaning to you (e.g., an altar).
- A quote board is similar to a vision board in that it is a format that allows you to see all of your quotes at once. Simply pin the quotes on a bulletin board along with relevant images or any other decorations you like. You can also use a poster board and glue the quotes and images down. View your board daily and allow your eyes to wander and settle on each quote for a moment.
Susan Hambidge from Kent, England on August 02, 2015:
I loved these and they are just what I needed right now. Pinned too. Thank you
Smiley on January 03, 2015:
Short, sweet, to the point, FRe-xEEactly as information should be!
Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 06, 2013:
SoundNFury, thank you so much! =)
Michael Valencia from Los Angeles, CA on June 06, 2013:
Great collection of positivity! Voted up, beautiful and useful! Thank you for putting these together.