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22 May 2018

4 Quotes That I Live By

As you may know, recently, I've had to re-align myself with my values. I'd been dealing with matters of the heart which left me rather battered and bruised. I'm proud to say that although my heart is still broken, I've managed to put many pieces together which gives me hope that I'm on the way to feeling less tattered and eventually make a 'full recovery'.

Friends, whether that be in the form of companions in real life or my friends in the online world, have  shared great advice with me. The advice helped get me through some bad days, but I found that I also turned to Pinterest for the words of philosophers, activists and people whose experiences had given them wisdom which they chose to pass along.

These are some of my favourite quotes which I hope you can turn to if your heart needs healing, like mine, or if you need to feel empowered and to re-centre. 

Here are four quotes that I currently live by...

#1 
It's okay if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure when you get back up, you rise like the whole damn fire. 
(Colette Werden)

This quote made me feel like it was okay to be 'lower' than my usual self. It made me feel like it was okay, normal even, to lose my spark, and the duration of my lack-of-sparkiness didn't matter either, what mattered is how I came back from that low point. I interpreted this quote as meaning that there were lessons to learn in losing the aspects that made me, well, me, as long as I took the time to use the experience for growth and to come back stronger.

#2
If there's a Goliath in front of you, that means there's a David inside of you.
(Carlos A. Rodriguez)

I think this quote struck a chord with me because I saw heartbreak as a large obstacle that I had to get over- like a beast that I had to tackle. Navigating heartbreak made me feel weak at times. I was powerless to my thoughts and feelings; this quote made me feel stronger. It made me feel empowered and ultimately hopeful that I'll conquer my sadness.

#3
May the flowers remind us why the rain was necessary.
(Xan Oku)
Rain is seen as dreary but it's necessary for the growth of flowers. I guess, it's tough, but we need to have the dark and gloomy days to come out as beautiful flowers. 

#4
Kites rise highest against the wind- not with it.
(Winston Churchill) 
You need resistance to grow. I needed to know that I could be strong and rise in confidence even whilst facing hardships, or wind. Rejection, heartbreak and failures are just examples of things we go through but ultimately grow through. We come out better for having gone through tough experiences, although it may not seem like it at the time. I felt empowered knowing I could be great, like the way  I picture a kite taking to the sky, even whilst facing hardship.


What's your favourite quote and why?

Till next time-
Steph

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