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.

Author Unknown

Have you ever wondered who Anonymous is? Now, I’m speaking about Anonymous in the literary sense. You know, those  people who penned the perfect poem, the absolute sublime quote that gets to the heart of our very existence. The internet is filled with these lyrical expressions that all go under the name of Anonymous or Unknown, or Author Unknown. But that is impossible of course. Someone somewhere knows, or knew, who that unknown scribe was, the scribe themselves if no one else. Words do not miraculously appear into the world all on their own. There has to be someone behind them.

A bit of poking around and I quickly discovered mountains of anonymous quotes. Here are a few that I kind of like. Seriously, the list could go on forever.

“Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.” 

 “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.” 

 “Life is not what you live but what you love” 

 “A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain 

 “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” 

I’m sure there are instances where the writer didn’t start out as “Anonymous” but somewhere along the way someone used their quote without remembering who the author was and, presto, they suddenly became “Anonymous.” But for the most part I think of these anonymous writers as people who perhaps wanted to draw more attention to their words of wisdom then themselves.

I do think there is something to be said about the anonymous writer, who can set their inner most thoughts down without fear or judgment of those around them. Writing is one of those professions that really puts the writer out there under public scrutiny. You only need look at some of the book reviews on Goodreads to know what I’m talking about. I’ve read some pretty despairing comments about some of my best beloved authors and books that I absolutely loved.

Expressing oneself though the written word is a little tricky by times— words of course being as powerful as they are whether spoken, written or thought. It is our way of communicating, of showing others another way of viewing the world. While some try to force their idea onto others, many people use words as a vehicle to put their ideas, believes, values, and thoughts about life into the world, and hopefully, others will appreciate what the author has to say. Some writers do this by creating people, places and events, and if we take time to examine the words within those stories we’ll often find some hidden treasure. Other writers don’t shy away from what it is they wish to express. They can get down to the real nitty-gritty of what’s on their minds. And thank goodness for that since not everyone is interested in treasure-hunting nor do they have the tools to unlock those buried nuggets. Some of us simply read for the love of a good story, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

I have wondered from time to time what words would surface in my writing if I were anonymous. I do think that it would make a difference in the stories, or even blog posts, that I might produce. I’m sure there are times when many writers pull back, even a little, for fear of what others might think or wonder about them. I’ve had people say, “I don’t know what thoughts go through your head” or that my thoughts even scare them. Honestly, I think we all have our share of scary thoughts that go no farther than our own minds. Writers put these thoughts on paper for everyone to see, and that’s where the difference comes in.

Anonymous brings freedom with it, the shedding off of people’s judgment of our words and perhaps we’d be more willing to share the thoughts of “Anonymous”, hand down those precious words though the ages than, say, some writer with the last name “Best.” That’s just an example, I’m not insinuating that my words are profound or at all inspiring, but you know what I mean.

Have you ever given thought to the “Anonymous” writer? If you were “Anonymous” do you think it would change the way you express yourself in the world?

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