In times of problems and obstacles we search for meaning in life and guidance through advice. Often, we can find inspiration, motivation and new power in the words of people who we respect or admire.
The 3 mentioned persons (although one might not be real) have accomplished more than most of us are capable of and never lost their enthusiasm and love for their work and challenges. And I know of quite a few people who have at least one of those quotes inked in their skin as a tattoo forever (including me).
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf
Good old Gandalf from the lord of the rings is an old wizard who knows almost everything about the earth. He’s the good mighty counterpart to the dark wizard Sauron and helps the fellowship of the ring to accomplish their quest (not going to spoiler any more here, read the book or watch the movie if you haven’t).
There are countless great quotes, but this one applies to all of us, no matter what we do.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time” is what Frodo said before, and many of us might have said this before. Bad things happen in life, people die, we get hurt, politicians play their games and we just wish we would have never experienced it.
But it’s not our destiny to decide what happens – we can only control what we do!
We are given time on this earth, so you can decide what you are going to do with your time.
Will you spend time crying, or will you get soon back on your feet?
Will you do useless tasks or will your work be meaningful to you and the world?
Be aware of this and don’t get slipped down. You only have to decide what you do with your time.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Ghandi had a dream and was fighting for the rights of suppressed people in South Africa and India. Although he was for 8 years in prison, he never gave up on his mission.
This quote reminds me that we don’t have to be mighty rich influential people to make change in this world. We don’t need more talking, we need more action.
We all can do our best to simply live the life we would like to see everyone living. If you are aware of your environment, the people around you and the social society, don’t just think what needs to be changed – simply live the change, no matter if anybody will notice or follow.
If we can do our best to show others what we want to achieve, we can inspire more people to follow us or become as well aware of problems, injustice or suppression.
Are you talking the talk or walking the walk?
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
The last one is from someone people either hate or love – but the quote from his famous Stanford Speech is what can be your guideline in dark times. And it’s whats on my forearm forever.
Steve Jobs gave this commencement speech at Stanford to graduates and reminded them to have courage in their life.
And courage is what we lack often when we decide to take the easy route.
It’s easy to stay inside, stay in our comfort zone and let new options pass by just because we are holding on to the old and known.
But if we can feel from our heart that we want something, even if it seems crazy, we should have the courage to follow these paths. Just like I decided to quit, everyone can make their own choices.
When I decided to leave my job I was not sure how I would earn my living – but I knew that I just had to follow my heart this time or I would regret it always.
Even for big decisions like moving to a new city or getting a new job, following our intuition can sometimes be better than a pro & contra list (yep, I have created several in my life before..).
And the quote continues with: “They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
And that’s damn right.
For most decisions, you already feel inside how you should decide.
Listen to your feelings and they will guide your way.
What’s your favorite of those 3, or what other quote is your all time favorite? Let me know because I f*cking love inspirational quotes and words!