I have begun workshops based on my up and coming book ‘Singing in the Rain: An inspirational workbook’ out on the 10th of January. The workshop aims to increase self-awareness and self-esteem. I hope that after attending one feels more confident and has a desire to for personal development. One of the interactive exercises included in the workshop is influenced by a chapter in my new workbook, ‘Discovering inspiration’ which I wanted to share with you today.
I often talk about the therapeutic benefit of bibliotherapy, supported by much recent research. However frequently when I am struggling or purely worn out from life, reading a novel feels overwhelming. Therefore having some inspirational quotes at hand, that I can repeat to myself, feels like a more manageable, soothing exercise. I choose comforting quotes, often ones that are self-affirming. One of my favourites is a line from the letter to the Corinthians by St Paul in the New Testament: ‘My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ It reminds me that you will come out of a difficult time in your life stronger than before. A line from the poem ‘Desiderata’, ‘You are a child of the universe, no more no less’, is also a quote that I treasure. Copying out the phrases or lines by hand is a great way to learn them off by heart and slows your thinking down to really take in the words. In the ‘Discovering Aspiration’ exercise that the group participated in I asked them to do just this. Below are some quotes that resonated with those that took part.
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- I’m not the first and I won’t be the last as other people have overcome my situation (through music, stories etc).
- I give myself permission to….
- If you can do one small thing towards what it is you want, everyday, it will gain momentum and you’ll get there.
- Great, I’m alive and got another day on earth.
- This too shall pass.
- For evil to succeed all it takes is for men to stand and do nothing (Edmund Burke).
- What will hold a lot will hold a little.
- One step at a time.
- Love took my hand (from the poem Love III).
- What can I learn from this obstacle. How can it strengthen me?
- Be the change you want to be (Ghandi)
- Can it strengthen me?
- All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well (Julian of Norwich).
- Moving mountains one step at a time.
- Just be.