Words of Wisdom

When I worked as an English teacher, I liked to give my students random writing prompts as a way to relax. It started out as a daily bell work assignment, and later turned into what they called “relax writing.” After they watched the movie Wonder, they wanted to use some of Mr. Browne’s Precepts as writing prompts.  In case you haven’t seen the movie, Mr. Browne was an English teacher, and the precepts were thought-provoking quotes he shared with the class. Soon after the novel was published, a follow-up book with 365 precepts was published with a quote for every day of the year. I began to notice a positive change; the more they were exposed to inspirational quotes, the more progress I saw in their work. Most importantly – I noticed a change in their behavior. They felt human. They learned it was okay to be stressed. They learned that it was absolutely normal to feel overwhelmed with all their work and it had nothing to do with the level of intelligence. 

I am very proud of the positive outcome of this technique, so now, I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes with you. I hope you will read them, let them sink in, and allow yourself to do something for yourself for a change. It could be the start of a brighter, happier you.

 On relaxing: 

"To help have less stress, take time to relax." Catherine Pulsifer 

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.” –Anne Lamott

On peace of mind:

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” —Eckhart Tolle

“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.” —Linda Evans

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt