A great life consists of keeping your eyes on the distant mountains of your life purpose while continuing to put one foot in front of the other along the path of everyday life. However, it is all too easy to lose sight of the goal and get lost in everyday frustrations, angers and disappointments.
Including daily reminders of your life purpose in each day’s routine can help keep your focus on your goals. Great reminders can include meditation, prayer, yoga, positive affirmations, and also daily inspirational quotes.
Inspirational quotes are typically fragmentary thoughts, taken out of context, that are best used to get you thinking about their underlying meaning and about the big commitments and values of your life. As an example, let’s take a look at President Franklin Roosevelt’s quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” Those words were a part of President Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address on March fourth 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression. But is it necessary to understand the context in order to appreciate the thought and apply it in your life? Not only is the context not necessary, but in my opinion, it actually makes it more difficult to focus the inspiration on your own issues around fear.
Your fears are not about the depression of 1933, or about the Second World War, which many people think Roosevelt was referring to. Whatever your fears, it is inspirational to be reminded that fear, especially the formless fear of the unknown, is the true enemy of living a joyful and productive life.
As another example, consider Helen Keller’s words, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller overcame being deaf and blind from the age of 19 months to become an author and social activist. In that context, the quote has an extra “wow” factor – that someone bearing those burdens could still speak of an ideal life as a daring adventure. Nonetheless, as an inspirational quote to guide your own life, Keller’s words, independent of their context, are a powerful reminder to focus on the big picture – what you came here to do.
There is often disagreement over the source of an inspirational quote. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. may or may not have said, “”Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Mark Twain quite likely did not say, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Does it make an inspirational quote less meaningful or less inspirational because the author is unknown? For me, the value of inspirational quotes is mostly in the words, and how I can apply them to my own life, rather than in historical context. I find the Faith quote and the Twenty Years quote to be two of the most inspiring and motivating quotes I have found – whoever their authors may have been.
Inspirational quotes can be uplifting or motivational, spiritual or practical. Some of the most inspiring quotes, such as the Faith quote attributed to Martin Luther King Jr., share several of these qualities. For maximum impact on your life and goals, try to include a variety of types of inspirational quotes.
Consider beginning the practice of starting each day by reading and contemplating inspirational quotes.