Some Inspirational Quotes for the New Year

I try to stay upbeat as much as I can. I’ll be honest, that’s been a challenge this past while. However, getting down and staying down is not a good place to be. Contrary to what some people around me think, I don’t always succeed at remaining 100% positive all the time. I mean, that’s a ridiculous notion. There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t find themselves in the pit of despair from time to time. S**t happens in everyone’s life from time to time; it’s what we do with it that makes the difference. But please, don’t ever think for a moment that everyone out there does not suffer from time to time. It’s so easy to look at someone else’s life and think they have everything altogether and you don’t.

Personally, I love reading positive quotes from time to time. Other people’s wisdom inspires me even more when I’m feeling positive but and also makes me take a step back when I’m feeling low and survey the situation I might presently be in.

Below are some uplifting quotes to help kick off the New Year.

1. 1.“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” —Mary Pickford

2. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan

3. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

4. “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. “No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” — C. JoyBell

6. “Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” — Jim Rohn

7. “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

8. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C. S. Lewis

9. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma

10. “Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

11. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

12. “Realize that if a door closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.” ― Mandy Hale

13. “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” ― Germany Kent

14. “Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us” ― Mimi Novic

15. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

16. “Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.– Muhammad Ali

17. The start of something new brings the hope of something great, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. —Author Unknown

18. The bad news is that most people give up; they settle for second best; they don’t start over; they stay stuck. Please don’t allow that to be you.– Doug Fields, Fresh Start

19. “Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.” Jim Rohn

20. Just wishing does nothing for your life, but when you actually commit to taking action to make that wish come true your life takes on new meaning. Catherine Pulsifer, May Is Not Just For Flowers

Hopefully, you will discover some pearls of wisdom that will inspire you or give you a bit of a lift if you’re in need of one at the moment. 2020 is filled with 366 days (that’s right, it’s a leap year) I hope you find the courage and strength to find more positive days than negative. Just never give up (at least not for long.). There’s always sun somewhere behind those clouds.

Another Blast of Winter in Spring

Winter just doesn’t seem to want to go away this year. Here in East Dalhousie we were blessed with about 10 cm of snow last night. Some of it melted during the afternoon, and the eaves are still dripping. That said, we’ve been told to expect another 15 cm overnight. I’m not sure what will happen to the tulips in our garden that suddenly burst through the ground late last week, but I’m hoping they’ re hardy enough to survive this next blast of winter weather this spring. But this is not unusual for spring, nor is our complaints that winter just doesn’t want to give up. Still, with each warm day we’re granted, hope stirs inside us. That’s the one thing about hope. It seems no matter how many times we’re disappointed with the outcome of something, we remain hopeful that next time the results we’re looking for will finally show up.

It’s like that when writing a book. Most times it takes several attempts before I end up with the results I want. Some authors write many drafts before they declare the story completed. I tend to edit and revise as I go along, and often never get a first draft completely written out so I have no idea how many drafts I go through. Back when I was writing Flying with a Broken Wing I became dissatisfied with the story and even stopped working on it, so sure I was that it was never going to amount to anything, let alone anything publishable. So I took a break from it and went back to it many months later filled with new hope that this time I was going to make it to the end. And I did!

I actually started the book I’m working on now about the same time that I started Cammie Takes Flight, and while Cammie’s been a book now for nearly a year, that other book is still waiting for me. I don’t expect I’ll ever be a fast writer. Many times I feel as though the story is struggling to find me. Sometimes there’s a lot of static in the way. But when the lines finally become clear, sentences and paragraphs begin to fall into place. That’s when I know for sure the story I’m working on will not get abandoned along the wayside.

And while I’m hopeful that spring will soon be here to stay, there is definitely no guarantee. Just as there is no guarantee that the story I’m presently working on will make it into book form. Still, amidst the struggles and frustration, I try to remain hopeful. It may not always be possible. I sometimes fall into a rut and become discouraged even with three published books and over forty published short stories. I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in this. We all become discouraged from time to time. But it’s our ability to pick ourselves up time and time again, to find that small bit of hope and run with it as fast as we can, that is responsible for all the accomplishments we achieve in life.

I’ll leave you with this quote that I find particularly inspiring. Maybe you will, too.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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