31 Days of Inspiration: Jan 1, 2016

After a too long hiatus, I am going to make it my mission to write every single day this month. Since we are beginning a new year, I’ve decided my writing is going to focus on inspirational quotes. Words of Wisdom Wednesday was my favorite category when I was regularly blogging, so there’s that as well. For the record, it was really hard to pick just 31 quotes that I love. Some of my favorites are not included because I have used them in other posts or have used them as Facebook cover photos and they have served their purpose. I pulled all of my pins from my quotes board on Pinterest. If you’re looking for some words of wisdom, it’s definitely worth a follow. Or for a real fun time, you could always try to guess which quotes I was going to feature.

dontgiveupAnyway, without any further adieu, here is my very first quote of 2016. I think it’s a great way to start the year off!  I really do want to inspire people. Everyone has so many different ways that they can inspire someone – just think about it – not only are there different categories of people to inspire – ie: workmates, friends, family and so on, but there are so many different ways you can inspire someone. Think about how you handle a situation for example. It might be really stressful and even trying mentally, physically or emotionally but the way you make it through that obstacle could inspire others. Perhaps you stayed calm through the entirety. Or maybe you never thought about the struggle and continued to help others. This can inspire others.

We all have a story to tell. And no matter how boring you think that yours may be, it’s not! There are some really great parts that could help others overcome whatever it is that they are going through. How great would that be if your struggles helped someone else live a better life? So one of my goals is to not hold back, because you never know what it is that someone else needs to hear.

I have had some pretty poopy things happen in my life, mainly because I left the guidance and direction of Jehovah, but that’s a story for another day. But I can use those experiences to relate to people. In fact, I’ve already had a few instances where I could. First, a sister in my congregation asked me to go on her study with her because she thought I would be able to relate to the girl and use my past experiences to help to bring her closer to God. I am both honored and flattered that the not-so-great parts of my life can be used to possibly strengthen and encourage this young woman.

Earlier this week I received a phone call from a very dear friend. It was so amazing to catch up and I’m so glad I answered the phone because she revealed to me very private information. She and I share a notebook to stay in touch (who doesn’t like getting some good mail?) and she told me that the notebook was a light in her time of darkness (not in those exact words but along the same line). That was crazy to me because it was definitely not something that I excepted to hear. But it just goes to show that just by being you and being completely honest and forthcoming, that you can absolutely make a difference in someone’s life.

In the time in which we live, it’s not very easy to be open to all sorts of people. I get that, not everyone needs to know or even deserves to know everything about your life. But even the little bit that you do show to people and those that are close to you can make a world of difference. After all, who doesn’t want to be the reason someone didn’t give up?