“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” – Helen Keller
This motivational meme about sun has a very powerful message. Keller’s words mean that if you turn your life towards positive things, and turn your back on the negative aspects, (or people) may bring more light into your life.
“Even after your petals fall, your memory still remains.” – Tracy Weber (janet & clarence original)
If you have a special person in your life that you want to remember with this memorial meme, please share this with them or their family. It is a tribute to how after they are gone, their beautiful spirit remains in our hearts and thoughts.
Do you have a story to share about a loved-one? Please add it to the comments below.
“All people smile in the same language.” – proverb
This motivational meme quote about smiles can help remind us that no matter how different we all may seem on the surface, deep down we all are quite similar. If you are in a place of confusion about someone who feels “different” from you, then take a moment to learn from them. It may open your eyes to new ideas or help you better see Topics from their perspective. It gives them the opportunity to learn from you as well!
Do you have a story of learning about someone with a diverse background? What did you gain from getting to know them?
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“Don’t forget to love yourself.” – Soren Kierkegaard
The uplifting words of this love yourself meme are meant to help you or someone you care about take some time each day to practice self acceptance. Look closely within to see what is important to you and make an effort to spend quality time doing those things you love.
What are the three components of loving yourself?
Take Care of Your Mind: Rid yourself of self-doubt, refuse negative self-talk and reaffirm your gratitude for the good parts about you and your life.
Take Care of Your Body: Practice healthy habits such as eating more natural, healthy foods, rejuvenate yourself with regular exercise, make sure you are getting enough rest and separation from stressors (such as work or devices). Do not rely on fad diets, quick-fix approaches or stimulants to keep your body in motion as the stress will reduce your ability for inner peace.
Take Care of Your Spirit: This statement can mean different things to different people. Some may focus on faith, others may find a connection with nature, or even just focus on inner peace. Find the “things” in life that are meaningful to you. Remove the “things” in life that hold you back. Seek support from others to help you remove the negative things in from your life if it seems too difficult to do on your own.
Mind, Body, Spirit. These three things are discussed in more detail in the post by Z. Hereford, “Love Yourself or the Art of Self- Acceptance.” I recommend you read further if you would like more detail on loving yourself.
Lastly, if you struggle to find the time to practice inner love, take a moment to read my post on being less busy. I hope it can help you find more time to do things you enjoy.
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“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton.
This an inspirational meme about courage and fear and how to conquer self-doubt. If you are interested in learning about an exercise I use to push past fear, see my post Learn How to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt.
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A few weeks back I wrote a post stating that I had neglected my painting skills for almost twenty years and I finally felt the inspiration to bring out the canvas and paint. The reality was, I had wanted to paint for a very long time, but deep down I was afraid. The fear portrayed itself as excuses of “not enough time” or “I just don’t know what to paint,” but the truth was that I was afraid that I had lost the skills I so deeply connected with in myself. (I was just hoping it was like riding a bike!) I had to take a step back and identify that fear was holding me back in order to take the step forward. If you have a goal or dream that you want to accomplish and you catch yourself making excuses or putting it off, this three-step process may help you overcome fear and self-doubt.
1 – Specify your goal in one simple sentence:
Here is Mine:
“I want to be recognized again for my artistic ability as a painter.”
Don’t get overwhelmed with too large of a goal as at will just derail you. Try to take what you want to accomplish all the way to its core. For example, if your dream is to meet a significant other, fall in love and start a family but you are too shy to even date, then your goal might be: Learn to meet and interact with new people.
2 – Create a 3 Part Fear List
Write down 3 things that trigger fear and self-doubt
Here is Mine:
I was afraid I no longer knew how to draw and paint
I was afraid that my friends or family would not like my subject matter
I am afraid that I will end up with a stack of paintings that no one sees
This is a “no-excuse” zone. Look deep down and list what is truly holding you back. Peel back the layers of excuses by asking “why?” each time. If you use the 5 Whys Technique, you will get to the heart of the issue. Another tip is that this list should not include any doubt that comes from other people. “My boyfriend says I …” or “my boss told me…” do not count. What is inside YOU that is causing the fear.
One thing I have learned recently is that taking photos of flowers is easy. OK yes, I know you are thinking “Thank you, Captain Obvious”. But seriously, taking photos of nature that are conventionally beautiful is easy. Humans are already drawn to a flower’s beauty, so throw in some good lighting and an interesting composition and BAM, you get plenty of likes on Instagram.
That’s the same with most things. Comedy sitcoms have a formula, the fashion industry has a “type” to showcase clothing, song writers have a template … I actually heard the other day that all the Disney movies are the same movie, they just have different characters. ? Humans in general are drawn to similar things, so to follow these conventions is easy.
What is harder? … Showcasing unconventional beauty.
How do you find the parts of nature that are not considered conventionally beautiful and showcase the beauty within? How do you make something that is considered “ordinary” stand out? Will people respond to anything outside of the standard “perfect” flower? This was the study I took on for a few days this week.
I looked for plants or flowers which would never show up in a florist shop due to being over-bloomed, broken, “weeds” or otherwise not perfect. I then looked for ways to make the shot look interesting and give it unconventional beauty. It took a bit more effort, but it was fun! And, even more exciting was that these images received as much, if not more, engagement than the conventional shots! People CAN see beauty in unconventional ways.
While out walking with a friend, I came across a flower bed with a few interesting arrangements. I quickly took a photo and we went on our way. I had no expectations of the photo and I actually forgot I took the shot… Until I looked through my camera and saw the vibrant colors. I loved it, but I also saw was it was a bit fuzzy. I tried to post it to my Instagram account three times, but chickened out each time. I will admit, this image sent me on a journey of managing my emotions as my perfectionism nearly held me back.
This image is not quite in focus. I tried to fix it with filters. I tried to crop it and hide the flaw. I even drove back hours later to try to recreate the shot, but unfortunately the lighting was no longer cooperating. I pondered… Do I dare share this image despite the flaw? Or do I discard it because it is not 100% perfect.
Why was Perfectionism Holding Me Back?
With today’s world of perfectly polished “life” showing up on our social media feeds, it is easy to feel held to an unrealistic standard. Is your table perfectly set? Dinner plates garnished? Does your yard look like a magazine? Are your children professionally photographed for each milestone? No!? Then you must doing something wrong …
While walking through the park the other day, I came across this group of busy bees feverishly pollinating the flowers around them. It made me think of all the “busy work” we do each day, and how it can start to make us feel unfulfilled. Do you ever feel this way? If so, do you wonder how can you stop feeling too busy? Thinking through the following three areas has helped me focus on spending more time on the important things in life. Will it help you?
1 – Separate What YouFind Important from What Others Find Important.
It may feel awkward and it may be hard to say no at first, but if you can determine what is truly important to you, it gets easier to focus your time.
For example, I had the Booster club lady “volunteer” me to work concessions at a Basketball game, as it is “important” to fund the team. While my son finds basketball important and he is committed, I truthfully do not find working concessions important at all ( but I’m glad others do ?). I declined the offer … So she just requested I donate a case of ketchup instead! DONE!
Staying true to what I felt was important saved me an entire Saturday afternoon, and I helped the team. You also can free up time by being mindful about who and what you commit to.