We are blessed at Hope Haven to witness inspirational moments every single day. A lot of what we see and hear and feel can’t be put into words; however, this is where the internet can be an immensely valuable tool. Here are five of our favorite inspirational quotes that sum up what we teach our clients and how we inspire ourselves. Here’s to leaving each person and each day better than we found them.
Start. Use. Do.
Arthur Ashe started playing tennis when he was seven years old, and his consistent commitment to the sport made him the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. Coupled with his work raising awareness for HIV and AIDS and supporting its patient communities, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993, four months after he died from complications of the disease. His life was a testament to using the gifts we are given and the experiences we have earned to make the most of what we have to offer the world.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
Be the best YOU.
This is something we strive to teach our clients—and ourselves—every single day. Happiness isn’t derived from comparing ourselves to others (quite the opposite, actually). Happiness comes from embracing where you are in this moment and how it relates to where you’ve been and where you want to go. We appreciate that the author of this quote hasn’t been discovered, as it forces us to focus on the words and to inspire ourselves to make the most of each day.
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” Unknown
Plant good seeds.
In this day and age, it’s hard not to focus on the outcome—how much you’ll get done, how much money you’ll make, if, in the end, you’ll be happy or successful or liked. This quote reminds us that to focus on the harvest means you could lose sight of what it takes for it to grow. Placing your time, energy, and love in the planting ensures a good harvest, whether or not you are able to see all the ways it ripens.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Decide to try.
At 5’ 3” Yolanda Gail Devers packed explosive power within her small frame and is only the second woman in history to successfully defend an Olympic 100-meter title, adding a third gold medal in 1996.
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” Gail Devers, three-time Olympic gold medalist.
It’s hard to believe that there are generations entering the world who have never heard of Helen Keller, an American author, political activist, and speaker who was born deaf and blind in 1880, and who went on to redefine abilities and disabilities for millions of people.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
While this quote image is impactful with its combination of 10 strong words from an equally strong woman, it’s worth representing here in this paragraph in its entirety.
“My Teacher has told you how a word from her hand touched the darkness of my mind and I awoke to the gladness of life. I was dumb; now I speak. I owe this to the hands and hearts of others. Through their love I found my soul and God and happiness. Don’t you see what it means? We live by each other and for each other. Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. Only love can break down the walls that stand between us and our happiness.”
Are there any quotes that inspire you to be the best version of yourself? Please share them with us and we could feature them in an upcoming post!