Words That Inspire: What’s Yours? 🌼


“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.”


This is one of my favorite poems from Emily Dickinson. These words—among others—have helped guide my heart and hand in the care for those suffering.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that you live by? It can be heartfelt, witty, or profound. Let’s inspire each other with some positive words today.


Phoebe πŸ’™


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  1. β€œBe kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Plato. This quote is a bit controversial in who actually wrote it first but most believe it was Plato. Great and beautiful question by the way!! Thank you. πŸ’• Love Joni

  2. The quote I live by is β€œCourage is the magic that turns dreams into reality.” andddd it’s from a video game, but hey… something about it totally stuck with me for a very long time.. πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸŒ…

  3. Leo Buscaglia introduction: β€œThere was a student who gave me a poem, and she gave me permission to share it with you, and I want to do that because it explains about putting off and putting off and putting off – especially putting off caring about people we really love. She wants to remain anonymous, but she calls the poem,

    “Things You Didn’t Do”:

    Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
    I thought you’d kill me, but you didn’t.

    And remember the time I dragged you to the beach, and you said it would rain, and it did?
    I thought you’d say, “I told you so.” But you didn’t.

    Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you jealous, and you were?
    I thought you’d leave me, but you didn’t.

    Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug?
    I thought you’d hit me, but you didn’t.

    And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
    I thought you’d drop me, but you didn’t.

    Yes, there were lots of things you didn’t do,
    But you put up with me, and you loved me, and you protected me.

    There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you when you returned from Vietnam.

    But you didn’t.

  4. I love the lines from ED you began with <3

    I have a few…things people have said to me since childhood.

    * People won;t care how much you know, they'll want to know how much you care
    * Expect nothing, appreciate everything
    * Always choose kindness
    * There is nothing that cannot be undone
    * The things about yourself you are most embarrassed about, may make you endearing to others
    * A good conscience is the softest pillow

    ….I am sure there are lots more but The Great British Bake-Off has just started so I have to go now!

  5. Amazing poem, thanks for sharing. This poem has touched me more than I could imagine. I was struggling with some emotions and the poem came at a good time.
    The quote I live by ” Use the past as a springboard not a hammock” – Ivern Ball.

  6. I love thus quote from the film Australia. It helps me put life in to context:
    β€˜You can’t take stuff with you. All you can take is your story so you might as well make it a good one’

  7. “When the water grows stagnant, I destroy the damn. Out of love, I destroy.” This has had an immense and powerful impact on my life for quite some time.

  8. You won’t even realize when you’ll grow old and die. Live today. Enjoy today. Carpe Diem. Dance like a free spirit. Go ask that girl/guy out. Tell the ones you love how much you love them. Do all the crazy stuff you want to do. Go count the stars. The only thing stopping you from your dreams is you. Don’t let anything stop the fire inside you. Live today. Enjoy today. Carpe Diem (seize the day).

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