Thursday thoughts.

Whenever I am feeling a bit “off”, be that anxious, a bit down or really frustrated, I like to find great quotes to fill my mind with and get myself headed in a better direction. I really think that our thoughts are powerful. They determine the energy we put out to other people and they can affect our health. Here are the things that are soothing me today…

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I’ve decided that whenever I am feeling conflicted or I find myself thinking negatively about people or circumstances, I am going to ask myself this question. Is this worrying/resentment etc good for my soul? Maybe not. I must remember to look after myself, rather than expend my energy on being annoyed or worried about other things or people that I ultimately have no control over.

I must do what is good for my soul and keep it healthy.

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I tend to be an over thinker. Which can be a good thing (it’s great for blogging and for having a greater understanding of myself and the people I meet) but sometimes I don’t know how to switch off. I can find myself worrying about the future or over thinking the past. I need to take a deep breath and be here in the ‘now’. Right now is good. Right now I am sitting at my dining table while my Little Mister plays, the sun is out and right here in my bubble of ‘now-ness’ everything is good. What a relief. I must remember to take life moment by moment when it starts getting away from me in my head.

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I must remember that those frustrating little hiccups in life do indeed pass eventually. That dreaded task you have to do will eventually be done with. That stressful deadline for whatever it is will come. And go. That miserable weather that’s getting you down will eventually make way for sunny days. That phase your toddler is going through will pass and that will probably be bittersweet so just go with it. It won’t last forever. Some things pass us by quicker than others, but most of those ‘every day’ type stresses will make way for better things. This quote really helps to put most things in perspective. I feel very fortunate that it applies to my life.

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Oh yes. Our brains can really play tricks on us. Sometimes we can let our inner voice be really mean. I am choosing to not believe every single thing my brain tells me. My brain can be a lying liar with its pants on f*cking fire sometimes. Especially when I’m anxious or angry. I need to always stop and ask myself – what evidence is there that the worst case scenario is actually happening or going to happen? Am I really as awful as my mind is telling me right now? Let’s be honest, probably not. Being able to recognise when this is occurring can be the difference between sanity and…the alternative! It can make the difference between positive and negative thinking.

I need to discriminate between true intuition and false thoughts that are destructive (and not good for my soul – see above).

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Unfortunately, there are people in this world who would rather squash your spirit so that they can feel better about themselves, rather than be inspired to raise themselves up and become better. It can be really helpful to recognise when this is happening. I have made a vow to myself to never lower myself to a level of behaviour that I am not OK with. It’s not worth it just to fit in, make your point or to make peace. The price your soul pays each time this happens is just too great. I am all for compromise, but it must go both ways for the betterment of a situation. NOT because someone wants to put me in my place or make themselves feel taller by standing on my shoulders. Those sorts of people get rather heavy after a while, don’t you think?

I will happily give somebody a hand up or support them as they make great changes, but it won’t come at the cost of my ability to live with who I am.

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Here’s a lovely one. As I look forward to Christmas (sorry to mention it before December haha), this is really important to me. I hope that I can show a generous spirit to those around me. The benefits of being generous of spirit are just too good to ignore! Putting all that positive energy and love out there is a beautiful thing. It’s not all about money or material things either. It’s about sharing your abundance, whatever that might be, with others. It could be a donation to charity or a thoughtful Christmas gift. But it can be as simple as a smile, a listening ear or great thought put into what we do for others. These things cost nothing to give.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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  • I adore these quotes and I love that you’ve shared what they mean to you and your thoughtfulness, Kez xoxo

  • Good Thursday to you Kez xx
    I needed this. I just had a frustrating parental meltdown.
    I’m no longer a smoker. But I sure feel like having one right now though.
    Your Thursday Thought has inspired me to take a long hot Thursday Bath with Bubbles and Music.
    Oh and Merry Christmas. (Even though it’s November)
    Ms S
    xoxo

    • I love when sharing what inspires me inspires somebody else – thank you for your wonderful comment 🙂
      Enjoy that bath – sounds blissful and calming! xo

  • What an amazing collection of quotes – love each and every one of them! I especially love ‘Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs!!’

    • It’s a favourite of mine! So glad these quotes resonated with you 🙂

  • Nice post – especially the bit about refusing to believe everything you think.

  • Love these Kez, especially your point of it not being worth it to just fit in.

  • My daughter got herself a small, secret tattoo that says, “This too shall pass”. While that girl has never had a worry in her blessed life, and I wasn’t all that happy about her getting a tattoo, I was appreciative that the quote was a lovely one. I like inspiring quotes too 🙂

  • Gorgeous quotes Kez and I love that you have related each of them back to your own life. I have a little card stand with weekly quotes on it and I love to turn over to a new card at the start of each week and reflect on the message xx

  • This is such a great post. You and I are very similar it would seem 🙂

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  • Chiming in late to say I enjoyed your collection of quotes Kez – really good things to live by. I reckon the saying ‘this too shall pass’ works really well when you’re in the thick of bad things (of course) but I also try to use it to remember to really enjoy the now when things are going well.