Hold on to good quotes, they can be life-changing

Joleene DesRosiers

By Joleene DesRosiers

Have you ever walked past a colleague’s desk and there, taped on their monitor or cubicle wall is an inspirational quote from someone? Sometimes it’s an author you know. Other times the words are from an individual you’ve never heard of.

But it’s not who said the quote that necessarily matters — it’s what they’ve said that strikes a chord. And often, that little nugget of information is all the fuel you need to make it through the next minute.

Some of us can relate to what is commonly known as the “week from hell.” From an overflowing desk with work that seems boundless to friends or family who hurt us with their words or actions, cumulative issues like these can leave us feeling vulnerable, especially when the negative energies of others hurt you. When this happens, consider the following:

“If others reject you, thank them and be grateful. You’ll attract others of a more kindred spirit.” — Ivan Kelly.

If someone rejects you in any way, shape or form, do you really need their negative energy clogging up your space? Of course not. That space should be reserved for genuine people. Good people. People who care about you and who you care about in return. Do, however, keep those with negative energies in your prayers. That act alone can turn things around for you.

Find your quote if you haven’t already. And after you do, find another. Live by them. Make them your mantras. Think about them when you need courage or strength. If you’re about to make a bold change where the outcome is as uncertain as uncertain can be, take this one with you:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

If it packs a punch, makes an impact or changes your position, write it down. Tape it up. Bring it home. And share it, too. You also could make a difference for someone else and not even realize it.

Joleene DesRosiers is a transformational speaker and freelance writer who lives in Pulaski. Contact her at joleene@joleenespeaks.com. Visit her at www.joleenespeaks.com.