Here we are in October, that gorgeous month between the craziness of getting back into a school routine and the rush leading up to the end of the year. October is the time to appreciate the beauty around us, enjoy some nice weather, and spend time with family and friends without any expectations.
I hope this month you can set aside some time to think about how this year has been going for you and how you want to end 2016. I’ve found a few quotes to inspire some thought on the subject. Share them, print them, Pin them — whatever helps motivate you to keep thinking and working toward your Best Life.
“A well-used minimum suffices for everything.”
— Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days
1) Fall is the perfect time to declutter, air out your home before winter, and really simplify.
2) Don’t get sucked into the consumerism trap that will be set and sprung during the next few weeks. You don’t need more stuff, your children don’t need more stuff, your friends don’t need more stuff.
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
— Douglas Noel Adams
Confession: One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing people say, “It’s not my fault.” They completely refuse to take any responsibility for their actions.
Sure, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. But when we look at life as a continuous opportunity to improve ourselves and our lives (and by extension, the lives of those around us), then we need to STOP blaming everyone else for everything.
Instead of saying, “It’s not my fault,” think for just a minute and say, “How can I make a better choice next time?” And then do it!
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
— Nelson Mandela
Um, HELLO — if you get nothing else out of this month’s quotes, take this one to heart. Wise words from a man who worked his entire life to effect change… and DID IT. Do you think he may have been a little discouraged during all of those years in prison? I’m sure he was, but he NEVER GAVE UP.
Keep doing the little things and the hard things — eventually you can accomplish the impossible.
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
— Les Brown
Sometimes all it takes is a smile and stopping our brain for long enough to make real eye contact with someone. Or really LISTENING when they answer our casual, “How are you?” Or maybe we’re presenting a good example for all of the young ones we come into contact with each day — and maybe a few of the older ones as well. 😉
“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
— Stephen King
This one is just for fun, because it’s October and Stephen King has an amazing way with words.
Don’t forget to PIN for later!