Inspirational quotes have helped me work my way through some pretty rocky times.
From the divorce from my first husband to facing hardships associated with running my own business, sometimes other people’s words of hope and encouragement are the only things able to remind me to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
If this is how you’re feeling, if this whole coronavirus pandemic has you down, here a few inspirational quotes that might help lift your spirits a little. (Maybe even a lot!)
“Every day, we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Now more than ever, we need to be doing something every single day that makes us feel good. Even if it’s something as small as playing your favorite song and dancing around the room. Do it. And do it as often as you can.
The second part of this quote talks about speaking “a few sensible words.” I would add that this begins with the words we tell ourselves. The better we are at keeping calm and engaging in positive self-talk, the easier it will be to emerge on the other side of this pandemic with good mental health.
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there. You must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee
When we’re in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, it can feel extremely limiting. For some of us, life has changed dramatically. Jobs have been lost, family has fallen ill, or–God forbid–lives have been lost.
In times like this, it’s helpful to remember that this virus does not have to be a stop sign, but more of a yield. Yes, it may slow us down a bit, but it doesn’t have to keep us from becoming all that we can become. We will move beyond it eventually and, if we work it right, hopefully we’ll be stronger because of it.
“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” Napoleon Hill
Have you been waiting for your shot to do something big? Something that is capable of changing the world? Well, now is your time.
You see news stories of others taking positive action all across the nation. From those who have created free apps to help at-risk people get the groceries they need to companies that have reconfigured their factories to make much-needed medical equipment, people all over are using the coronavirus to do great things for society as a whole.
I challenge you to think about what you can do to join this trend and turn this horrible epidemic into your opportunity to do something that helps your neighbor, community, or the whole world.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” Martin Luther
I think this one struck me because it does feel like the world is a bit in pieces at the moment. But that doesn’t mean that we have to give up on it, ourselves, or others in the process.
Instead, let’s all keep working toward a better tomorrow. Let’s all do our part and find a way to plant our own apple trees.
For instance, let’s quit throwing old gloves and masks on the ground as we’re leaving public places. Let’s also continue to respect those around us, taking the steps necessary to protect them even if we don’t feel the risk ourselves.
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” Thomas Paine
In some ways, the world as we know it will never be the same. Maybe we won’t shake hands as often as we did before, or perhaps we’ll stand further back in the grocery line to give the patrons in front of us more space.
No matter what the results of this coronavirus, we do have the power to begin our world over again. Yes, it may look a little different, but that doesn’t mean that it still can’t be beautiful because it can.
“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” Dale Carnegie
The first time I went to the grocery store after the pandemic first began, I was terrified. I feared everyone I met and I also worried that every food item I touched was covered in an invisible plague. Yet, I went anyway. And I’ve had to go a few times since.
When we are held to the mat, we find a way to dig deep. To look for our courage and let it out. And we oftentimes become stronger because of it.
“To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” Benjamin Disraeli
I don’t know about you, but I have seen some amazing stories of people who are going above and beyond in this pandemic, oftentimes putting the needs of others in front of their own.
This includes healthcare workers, of course, but it also includes grocery store workers, retail pharmacy clerks, fast food workers, postal carriers, and all of the other people who are continuing to do their part to keep our nation running.
They are heroes in every sense of the word.
(I decided to do this post because, as bad as the coronavirus is, I want to continue to spread hope, encouragement, and positivity to the world. If you have a blog, I encourage you to do the same. We’re all in this together, so let’s use that unity to build ourselves up. Let’s emerge from this pandemic with our grit intact. Let’s emerge stronger than ever before! And if you like what you read, don’t forget to subscribe before you go!)