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INSPIRE & MOTIVATE

You’re here because you know that it’s more important than ever that we show up for our own well-being with a positive, solutions-oriented mindset. Did you know that thinking positive, happy, hopeful, joyful and optimistic thoughts decreases cortisol and produces serotonin, which creates a sense of well-being? Well, it does! And this helps you and your brain function at peak capacity. We could all benefit from focusing on the good in our lives and in the world, and taking part in making more good happen. Here are some quotes that have inspired some of our Crazy Amazing Human guests and the greater community. We hope you enjoy!

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm”

― African Proverb

Contributed by Keelin Washington

“Courage is the most important of all of the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

― Maya Angelou

Contributed by Jeffrey Wohler

“We scare because we care about community.”

― Katrina & Ken Carlson

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

Contributed by Sonali Perera Bridges

“Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people may eat, we will be there – we must be there.”

−World Central Kitchen

Contributed by Maxwell Eaton

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

−Teddy Roosevelt

Contributed by Jamie Montgomery

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.

−Mother Teresa

Contributed by Shirin Yadegar

“There is no purer form of humanity than offering help, accepting help, helping yourself, and receiving help. When you ask someone for help, you are letting them know that they are needed. There is nothing we want more in this life than to know that we matter.”

−Rebecca Alexander 

“One of the ways to be happy, to be truly happy, is to contribute to a cause that is greater than yourself. And, through Harvard-based research, we can see that happy people live longer.”

−Sheryl WuDunn 

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”

−Sally Koch

Contributed by Christine Mirasy-Glasco

“Control is for the moment; communication lasts a lifetime.”

−Sr Rose Pacette

“No time for your health today, no health for your time tomorrow.”

−Thibaut

Contributed by Lauren Rashap

“Men cannot change if there are no Blueprints for change. Men cannot love if they are not taught the art of loving.”

−Bell Hooks, The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Contributed by Dr. David Kuhl

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love
mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.”

From the Talmud

Contributed by Bonnie Abaunza

“Be fiercely optimistic. That’s where hope lives.”

−Leeza Gibbons

“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void.

“What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his life?” said the voice. “Or when you paid for that young couple in the restaurant? Or when you saved that dog in traffic? Or when you tied your father’s shoes for him? Your problem is that you equate your purpose with goal-based achievement. The Universe isn’t interested in your achievements… just your heart. When you choose to act out of kindness, compassion and love, you are already aligned with your true purpose.

No need to look any further!”

Unknown

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Contributed by Sven-Olof Lindblad

“Is there anything she can’t handle? She has been broken. She has been knocked down. She has been defeated. She has felt pain most can’t handle. She looks fear in the eye, battle after battle, day after day. But she never runs and she never hides. She always finds a way to get back up. She’s unbreakable. She is a warrior. She is me.”

−Unknown

Contributed by Karen Hawkins

“It’s because of the hard road that I walked from an early age that I’m able to overcome the trials that life throws at me…and now I allow my heart to speak through my music when words fail.”

−Taps Mugadza

“Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see.”

−Mother Teresa

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me”

−Matthew 19:21

Contributed by Dr. Tom Catena

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds… who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”

−Theodore Roosevelt

Contributed by Kenneth A. Carlson

“There are two ways to Spread Light:
Be the Candle or be the Mirror that Reflects it.”

−Edith Wharton

“Nothing’s stopping me, what’s stopping you?”

−Ezra Frech

Paralympic Athlete

“Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”

−Robert Baden-Powell

Contributed by Jeff Werner

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

−Mark Twain