Wisdom I live by

Below are the ideas I aspire to live by and look to for guidance in my darkest hours. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me.

Wisdom for your darkest hour

  • “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.”
    — A Course in Miracles

  • “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
    — Coco Chanel

  • “What you desire will only show up if you believe you’re worthy of it.”
    — Lacy Phillips 

  • “Accept the moment as if you had chosen it.”
    — Elkhart Tolle 

  • “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

  • “As soon as you truly commit to making something happen, the ‘how’ will reveal itself.”
    — Tony Robbins

  • “We don’t have the authority to judge whether something is ‘bad.’ Who knows where this experience will lead you.”
    — Megan Abbott, Fruition Coaching

  • “Nothing new and good can come into your life unless you open yourself up to being grateful for what you already have.”
    — Michael Bernard Beckwith

  • “It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”
    — Brené Brown

  • “Failure is the Universe’s way of saying, excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.”
    — Oprah Winfrey

  • “I want it, and I’ll have it.”
    — Henry Ford

  • “Jump and the net will appear.”
    — Mick Ebeling

  • “There are two emotions: love and fear. You have the power to choose.”
    — Marianne Williamson

  • “There is a way through every block.”
    — Gabrielle Bernstein

  • “‘Setbacks aren’t happening to you, they’re happening for you.”
    — Megan Abbott, Fruition Coaching 

  • “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
    — Buddhist proverb

  • “If we stay in fear-based thinking, we will get fearful consequences.”
    — Marianne Williamson

  • “You have the power to choose again.”
    — Marianne Williamson

  • “When faced with a hardship or struggle, say to yourself, I am willing to see this differently.”
    — Marianne Williamson

  • “When you can get to the point where you say, thank you for giving me that experience, that’s true forgiveness.” 
    — Michael Bernard Beckwith

  • “Universe, where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom?”
    — A Course in Miracles

On the courage to be yourself

  • “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

    — Carl Jung

  • “Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.”
    — Jim Carey

  • “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
    — Coco Chanel

  • “What are you naturally curious about? You feel this way for a reason.”
    — Oprah Winfrey

  • “To grow spiritually is to become more of who you really are.”
    — Michael Bernard Beckwith

  • “Your life is an expression of your mind.”
    — A Course in Miracles 

  • “People aren’t so much looking for the meaning of life as the feeling and experience of being alive.”
    — Joseph Campbell 

  • “It felt like breathing, which is what your true passion should feel like.”
    — Oprah Winfrey

  • “All my big mistakes come when I try to please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.”
    — David Bowie

  • “If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.”
    — Coco Chanel

  • “People who lack confidence in their decisions lack confidence in themselves.”
    — Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • “Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity, love and innovation.”
    Brené Brown

  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
    — Coco Chanel

  • “At the bottom of control is always fear. Ask yourself, why am I afraid to let things flow here?”
    — Lacy Phillips, Free+Native

  • “A belief is a thought you hold with certainty.”
    — Megan Abbott, Fruition Coaching 

  • “What you don’t own, owns you.”
    — Debbie Ford

  • “The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to, we have no time for anything else.”
    — Eric Hoffer

  • “Everybody I know that’s been massively successful has been successful because they do what they love. Nobody was trying to make money.”
    — Oprah 

  • “The thought of Spirit does not ‘influence’ Body to become a certain thing. Instead, the thought of Spirit actually becomes the form as unsolid steam becomes the form of ice…It was just as real when it was only a concept. We humans, living in a world of sense, make the mistake of thinking it is only real when our sense organs can apprehend it.”
    — Frederick Bailes

  • “Your sensitivity is your strength."
    — Deborah Hanekamp, otherwise known as Mama Medicine

  • “Everyone’s deepest desire is to be seen fully and loved for being exactly who they are.”
    — Lacy Phillips, Free+Native

  • “We are on this planet to evolve into their highest version of ourself. This was literally our soul’s purpose in taking this body.”
    — Lacy Phillips, Free+Native

  • “Seeing is believing.”
    — Lacy Phillips, Free+Native

  • “Time you enjoy is not time wasted.” 
    — Megan Abbott, Fruition Coaching

Decision-making

  • “If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a hell no.”
    — Lacy Philips of Free+Native

  • “Authenticity will set you free.”
    — Megan Abbott, Fruition Coaching

  • “What I’ve learned is not to listen to anyone….Anytime I haven’t followed my instincts, I’ve been burned.”
    Amy Schumer

  • “Live life as if it were rigged in your favor.”
    — Arianna Huffington

  • "Many have lost the sense of certainty that creates the winner’s edge.”
    — Tony Robbins

  • “In any given moment, all you must ask yourself is, what do I feel is the next right move for me? Don’t be overwhelmed. You know your life is bigger than this one moment.”
    — Oprah Winfrey

  • “Change is created by a radical minority. To this end, don’t care what other people think about what you’re saying. And don’t water it down to appeal to a broader audience. Be radical. Have the deep conversations. These will convert more people than the watered-down versions.”
    — Marianne Williamson

  • “The hallmark of a decision in line with one’s character is ease and contentment, and an ample provision of natural energy.” — Anne Truitt

  • “The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.”
    — Thucydides

  • “Deciding is freedom. Indecision is torture.”
    — Jen Sincero

Relationships

  • “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”
    ― Maya Angelou

  • “You recruit someone by loving them.”
    — Marianne Williamson 

  • “Books have their idiosyncrasies as well as people, and will not show me their full beauties unless the place and time in which they are read suits them.”
    — Elizabeth von Arnim

  • “When someone shows you who they really are, believe them the first time.”

    — Oprah

  • “I cannot take from you what you will not release to me.”
    — Marianne Williamson 

  • “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself."
    — Coco Chanel

  • “All relationships are assignments.”
    — Marianne Williamson

  • On being kind to those who’ve hurt us, Marianne Williamson says, “If you knew her deepest pain, you’d love her too.”

  • “Everyone you meet is your crucifier or your savior, depending on what you choose to be to them.”
    — A Course in Miracles

  • “The ego is suspicious at best and vicious at worst.”
    — A Course in Miracles

#audacity

  • “It never occurs to me that there are things I can’t do.”
    — Whoopi Goldberg 

  • “Be the most important person in the room.”
    Kundalini Yoga Instructor

  • “I keep having deep and vivid dreams of success. Then it’s time to sleep.”
    — Connor McGregor

  • “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
    — Coco Chanel

  • I want to make the kind of money that allows me to jet to Mexico on a Tuesday, to meaningfully contribute to nasty politicians, to afford a shark of a lawyer if any man ever lays a finger on me again. If anyone calls that obnoxious, I want to do what men do, and shrug.
    Jessica Knoll

  • “When I try, anything is possible.”

  • “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”
    — Coco Chanel 

  • “Your hand, he’s a clever man. I’ve known a great many clever men and outlived them all. Do you know why? Because I ignored them. The lords of Westeros are sheep. Are you a sheep? No, you’re a dragon. Be a dragon.”
    — Lady Olenna, Game of Thrones