Inspiration Retreat

A collection of inspiration, affirmation, and wisdom.

“Life is like the weather… rainy one day and sunny the next. Sometimes you just have to ride out the storm.”

“Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

“If we own the story, then we can write the ending.”

“Talk to yourself like you would talk to someone you love.”

“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”

“Don’t shrink, don’t puff up. Stand your ground.”

“It is a joy to be hidden… but disaster not to be found.” – D. W. Winnicott

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em.” – Shel Silverstein

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt… only more love.” – Mother Teresa

“In life, when one door closes another door always opens…but the hallways are a bitch. That is how change works; it usually begins with a door closing, an ending, a completion, a loss, a death. Then we enter an uncomfortable period, mourning this completion and living in the uncertainty of what is next. This period of uncertainty is hard. But just when we feel we can’t take it anymore, something new emerges: a reintegration, a reinvestment, a new beginning. If you fight change, you will be fighting your whole life. That’s why we need to find a way to embrace change, or at least to accept it.” – EKR

        “Choose discomfort over resentment.”

“Progress is not linear. Sometimes taking a step forward means taking a step back.”

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is a process, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”

“You matter because you are you… and you matter to the last moment of your life.” – Dame Cicely Saunders (the founder of hospice)

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.”

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

“I am enough. I do enough. I have enough.”

“The simple act of caring is HEROIC!” – Edward Albert

Life gives us many things. Some appear to be wonderful, and some appear to be tragic. What is most important is to utilize our freedom to choose how we respond to what life gives us”. – William Breitbart, MD

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne Dyer

“When life is at that extremely hard time, all we can control is our attitude.” – Arianna Huffington

Life is like the weather.  Rainy one day and sunny the next day.  Sometimes you just have to ride out the storm.

“My caregiver mantra is to remember: The only control you have is over the changes you choose to make.” – Nancy L. Kriseman, The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” – Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful

“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” – Rosalyn Carter

“Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.” – from poem “Sometimes” by U.S. Senator Cory Booker

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne, singer

“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” – Mason Cooley

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” – Amy Tan

“God gave burdens; he also gave shoulders.” – Yiddish Proverb

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” – Tia Walker, from The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love

“And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.” – Robert Fulghum, author

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia, author

“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley, author

“Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.” – Rollo May, psychologist

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu, philosopher

“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.” – Thomas Merton, Trappist monk

“Kindness is just love with its workboots on.”

“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” – Les Brown

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Jim Rohn

“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” – Mason Cooley

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“A little bit of kindness goes a long way.”

“They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.”