Quotes to ponder upon

Quotes can be powerful (previous quotes). But they are worthless if not thought about thoroughly and put into practice. Make sure to take the time to look at each quote and what they actually mean for you and your life.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett

Sometimes, life tests us and sends us right back to where we come from, where we are back to square one. Square one, but with a new vision, and as a new person. This is similar to the one below:

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.” – Heraclitus

Change is constant. You change and evolve through the events that happen to you and you can never go back to what you were before. This change needs to be accepted.

“The score takes care of itself.” – Bill Walsh

This says, stop trying to be famous and do the job instead because only the job can make you famous. In many sports, athletes are told to think not about winning, or losing, or thinking too far ahead. Rather, they are told to do the best job at hand now. If you the best job you can every time, the score will take care of itself eventually. Do not think about the end but accept the journey as the main means to your end – every step of the way. Hence the importance of creating new habits, making it easier to do a good job every time.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

We already know how to overcome the fear of starting something new. When someone calls you lame for being bad at something you just started, it says something about them not having started anything new in very long, and it can also say something about you if you carry on and work through the critics. Rest assured that trying something new is always worth it, for:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

Further down the line, this experience on this new thing will come in handy, either because you will have gained a skill that you can now use or because you will know immediately that it is not worth you trying again. Either way, it is positive.

Now to finish, a poem from Rumi on how pain and overall bad experiences need to be accepted so that we can deal with it and welcome positive things again. Do not “tough it out”, but rather lean into every thought you have, to understand them, and navigate through them as you journey along through life.

“I said: what about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.

I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.

I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?

I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi

Any quote that inspired you so much you decided to change something?

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