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Topic: Words of comfort, encouragement and wisdom

  1. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    8 March 2020 in reply to Missing user

    "You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round."

    - James J. Corbett

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  2. Missing user
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    "If plan A didn't work, the Alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay cool."
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  3. Missing user
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    "By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."
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  4. Peppermintbach
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    For anyone who has ever lost a loved one:

    We don’t need to suppress our grief to survive. We can integrate it into our lives.

    - unknown

    So...

    Here’s my advice, hug everyone you love a lot tighter. Never leave someone in an argument. Be present. Say I love you way too much. Take a lot of pictures with the ones you love. You never know when it’ll the the last time you see them. Please don’t take any second with them for granted.

    - unknown
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  5. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

    - Homer

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    "Strive for progress, not perfection."
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  7. Ggrand
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    13 March 2020 in reply to Missing user

    Hello everyone..🤗..

    who..you are is what makes you special..Do not change for anyone..

    What..lies ahead is always a mystery..Don’t be afraid to explore...

    When..life pushes you over...You push back harder...

    Where..there are choices to make..Make the ones you won’t regret..

    Why..things happen will never be certain. Take it in stride and move forward.

    .......Quotes for the mind..

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  8. Peppermintbach
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    On taking it day by day during rough times or rough days:

    You’re capable of sitting with this discomfort. You’re capable of making room for this pain.

    You don’t have to solve your whole life overnight or have all the answers. You just have to focus on the most immediate thing in front of you. On what you need to do to survive today
    .

    - Daniell Koepke
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  9. Missing user
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    "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
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  10. Peppermintbach
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    For anyone struggling with the recent advice of social distancing (I know that I am) to help slow the spread of a certain virus, here are some words of comfort.

    But perhaps more importantly, it gives you a glimpse of hope. It won’t be like this forever...

    And the people stayed home. And read books, & listened, & rested, & exerciser, & made art, & played games, & learned new ways of being, & were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

    And the people healed. And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, & heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

    And when the danger passed, & the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, & made new choices, & dreamed new images, & created new ways to live & heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.


    - Kitty O’Meara

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    18 March 2020 in reply to Peppermintbach
    ❤🌟Love and light to everyone here 🌟❤

    Pepper, thank you so much for this!! ... i LOVE what you just posted and i looked it up and wanted to share some more info on it for others.

    Kitty O'Meara wrote this original piece titled, "In The Time of Pandemic", in her blog "The Daily Round" on March 16, 2020.

    She writes in the comments of the blog that she was moved to write this as she was "struck by the way pollution was clearing over China, then Europe as quarantine set in" and that we could "use this time for healing and heal the earth together".

    What a beautiful, inspiring, hopeful aspiration.

    May we all find some peace and inspiration during this difficult time.

    Thank you so much for sharing this Pepper.

    Be safe and well everyone, and let's spread kindness and hope, as much as we can spare!

    ❤❤❤
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    18 March 2020 in reply to Birdy77

    Hi lovely birdy (& a wave to all),

    You’re most welcome :) I’m delighted & moved that her words resonated with you, my friend.

    Thank you so much for going to the trouble of researching, & sharing some of her inspiring backstory. I appreciate that immensely.

    Yes, she shares a beautiful sentiment of mindfulness, patience, & compassion through her words. Thank you xoxox

    On that note, re: these times of social distancing & change in our daily lives:

    Conversations will not be cancelled. Relationships will not be cancelled. Love will not be cancelled. Songs will not be cancelled...

    Reading will not be cancelled. Self care will not be cancelled. Hope will not be cancelled. May we lean into the good stuff that remains.

    - Jamie Tworski

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  13. Missing user
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    "Don't quit yet, the worst moments are usually followed by the most beautiful silver linings. You just have to stay strong, remmber to keep your head up and remain hopeful."

    I know how challenging it is mentally and physically though, I just liked the quote.

    Tayla

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  14. Peppermintbach
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    May we all find ways to stay connected, reach out and support both ourselves and those in need during these challenging times :

    Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.

    - Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky
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    What if you thought of it
    as ...
    the most sacred of times?
    Cease from travel.
    Cease from buying and selling.
    Give up, just for now,
    on trying to make the world
    different than it is.
    Sing. Pray. Touch only those
    to whom you commit your life.
    Center down.
     
    And when your body has become still,
    reach out with your heart.
    Know that we are connected
    in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
    (You could hardly deny it now.)
    Know that our lives
    are in one another’s hands.
    (Surely, that has come clear.)
    Do not reach out your hands.
    Reach out your heart.
    Reach out your words.
    Reach out all the tendrils
    of compassion that move, invisibly,
    where we cannot touch ...
     

    – excerpt from the poem "Pandemic"
    by Lynn Ungar 11 March 2020
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    24 March 2020 in reply to Birdy77
    I know i have shared this bkessing before on this thread, but i feel it is very pertinent at this time and for everything that has been happening in 2020 so far:



    "This is the time to be slow,
    Lie low to the wall
    Until the bitter weather passes.

    Try, as best you can, not to let
    The wire brush of doubt
    Scrape from your heart
    All sense of yourself
    And your hesitant light.

    If you remain generous,
    Time will come good;
    And you will find your feet
    Again on fresh pastures of promise,
    Where the air will be kind
    And blushed with beginning."


    John O'Donohue

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    24 March 2020 in reply to Birdy77

    Richard Lovlace in 1642 wrote

    Stone walls do not a prison make,
    Nor iron bars a cage:
    Minds innocent and quiet take
    That for an hermitage.
    If I have freedom in my love,
    And in my soul am free,
    Angels alone, that soar above,
    Enjoy such liberty
    .

    While the subject matter that inspired this may have been something else other than the isolations that come with the virus (a difference of opinion with The Parliament) the idea shines though that a person's mind is the source of so much that confinement of any sort is by no means the whole story and can be more than just endured.

    There are unlimited possibilities and opportunities to be uncovered when one uses one's own resources - just as you folks here are doing in this thread.

    Croix.

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  18. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    I don't have anything. But I needed something, and I found something, so thanks x
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  19. Peppermintbach
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    If you’re overwhelmed, drained, or tired, your feelings are valid:

    It makes so much sense that you’re struggling right now. There are so many unknowns. We’ve never experienced this before and it’s overwhelming and scary. And you’re allowed to feel like you’re falling apart.

    You’re allowed to feel the fear and cry. You’re allowed to not be okay. Everything you feel is so valid. You don’t have to find the lesson in the pain. You don’t have to use this as an opportunity for growth or self-development or getting ahead.

    You have permission to do less, to do the bare minimum to survive. To feel your feelings instead of trying to make it all better. This is real. It’s heartbreaking and hard. And you don’t owe anyone a performance of being okay.

    You’re allowed to feel this. It isn’t weak. It’s human
    .

    - Daniell Koepke



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    27 March 2020 in reply to Peppermintbach
    Hi, thank you for that, Pepper. I read that quote and it was helpful. I don't hvae any quotes or anything much that has inspired me, but if I find something I'll try share. Lets all be kind to ourselves
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  21. Missing user
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    "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.""

    Found that on Facebook and shared it, i found it meaningful and true when I thought about it.

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  22. PhoebeWings
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    28 March 2020 in reply to Birdy77

    « Do not reach out your hands.
    Reach out your heart.
    Reach out your words.
    Reach out all the tendrils
    of compassion that move, invisibly,
    where we cannot touch »

    How beautiful is that?

    ❤️

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  23. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    Talk to the moon, or even the sun, both will tell you

    it's ok to disappear when things don't go right...

    but it's important to come back and spread your light

    - shreya maurya

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  24. Hanna3
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    2 April 2020 in reply to Katyonthehamsterwheel

    Since we are all going through such a strange and difficult autumn, an exerpt from a poem by May Sarton:

    If I can take the dark with open eyes

    And call it seasonal, not harsh or strange

    (For love itself may need a time of sleep),

    And, treelike, stand unmoved before the change,

    Love what I love to keep what I can keep,

    The strong root still alive under the snow,

    Love will endure - if I can let you know.

    From Autumn Sonnets by May Sarton

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  25. Hanna3
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    I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything.

    May Sarton

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    2 April 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    We must expect finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

    Martin Luther King

    I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders,

    old Proverb

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  27. Peppermintbach
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    6 April 2020 in reply to Birdy77

    With appreciation & gratitude for our friends:

    Friendship is a sheltering tree.

    - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    xoxox

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  28. Nimi
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    Just wanted to say wow... these are all so beautiful. What a lovely thread! Was feeling the anxious jitters this morning but all these beautiful quotes and such are so calming.

    I'll have to find some to share in return!

    Nimi
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    Hello everyone..🤗.

    I hope everyone’s day today will have some peaceful moments in it... Grandy

    "Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece" Dalai Lama A to Z

    Avoid negative sources, people, places and habits
    Believe in yourself
    Consider things from every angle
    Don’t give up and don’t give in
    Everything you’re looking for lies behind the mask you wear
    Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches
    Give more than you planned to
    Hang onto your dreams
    If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door
    Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it
    Keep trying no matter how hard it seems
    Love yourself
    Make it happen
    Never lie, steal or cheat
    Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values
    Practice makes perfect
    Quality not quantity in anything you do
    Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer
    Stop procrastinating
    Take control of your own destiny
    Understand yourself in order to better understand others
    Visualise it
    When you lose, don’t lose the lesson
    Xcellence in all your efforts
    You are unique, nothing can replace you
    Zero in on your target and go for it

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  30. David Nobody
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    FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN and not on what you can’t
    FOCUS ON WHAT YOU DO and not on what you don’t
    FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WILL and not on what you won’t

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