Have you noticed how we come across quotes that give answers to our questions precisely when we need them? They seem like the North Star, guiding the traveller who has lost his way in the dark and fears tripping over a rocky path. These precious pearls of wisdom often change the way we look at life, face our fears or grieve our loss.
The past few months were life-changing for me in many ways. I lost my pet – yeah, that is life changing, especially when you depended on that soul for emotional strength for almost 13 years! Dealing with the void he left, dealing with a low self-esteem brought about by the realisation that everyone around me were way ahead in “the race” – all of it was gnawing at me, torturing my soul in a way I just couldn’t express. It was during this time that I came across these precious words that seemed to show me the way out of the dark abyss I found myself in. They taught me about love and loss, about life and people, about moments that become memories to cherish. But, most of all, they taught me to be kind towards myself and give myself the love that I so deserve.
I repeat these words to myself each time I catch myself slipping back into the abyss, when my thoughts overpower me and good sense fails to prevail! In fact, I often begin my days with some of these words that now feel like the Gospel!
Sharing here some of my favourite quotes that have helped me shine the spotlight on myself and soak in some much-needed self-love.
We often judge ourselves a bit too harshly, isn’t it? In fact, we judge ourselves. Isn’t that a greater sin? That niggling voice that keeps us forever on an edge; which hisses at us the moment we give ourselves some much-needed leeway. It is this voice that we need to shut up, forever. Why do we encourage it? Why do we even pay heed to its demands, its ruthless comparisons, its constant torture that can wreak havoc on our mental well-being?
We may not be like the Ms. Khannas, who manages their homes with an ease and efficiency that could put a hundred others to shame. We may not be like the Ms. Sharmas who, despite being moms to teenagers, despite being career women leading busy lives, find time to hit the gym and look like a million bucks. But, so what? We are fabulous in our own unique way, aren’t we? We deal with our life and the etceteras with much more finesse than anyone else would in our place. And, we must be proud of that.
Do you know that treating ourselves a bit more kindly is the least we can do for our soul? Why, then, is it so difficult for us to give ourselves some consideration, show some empathy, and a bit of love? It’s we who will be seeing ourselves through every storm that we face in life. Won’t we?
The moment that was, is never going to return. The moment that will be, is but a mirage. So, why not live in this moment and make the most of it? Do we even have an inkling about what the next moment might bring along with it? Let us learn to live in the here and the now. Let Life bring with Her whatever She wishes; let’s just be present in this moment and revel in it. It will sure relieve the mind of all the torture we subject it to by over-thinking about all that doesn’t even exist!
And, this quote is one that I diligently follow. Yes, there are times when I let it slip, but the Universe finds ways to remind me about it and get me back on track! This is the only life we have, why not make the most of it? No dream is frivolous if it is about doing something to make ourselves happy! No dream is too big or too small if you have it in you to follow your heart and fulfil that dream. If you think it’s what’s going to make you happy, then, well, just go for it! You may not know if your plans come to fruition, but at least you will be happy you did your best!
Reach out for that happiness, if it’s all that your life depends on. Life isn’t long; it’s, in fact, riddled with uncertainties. So, why not use this moment to reach out to that little dream that stands to make you happiest? Just go for it!
These are some of the quotes I inspire myself with. There are some more which I will share some other time. For now, though, it’s just learning to focus on the ‘SELF’ – the most neglected part of our lives!
What are the quotes that motivate you? Do share with me, I would love to know!
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