I was never really big into quotes for most of my life until I started my journey to being sober and healthy over a year ago. I find that certain quotes, phrases, and song lyrics really helped me in the difficult moments of my life. They really gave me the motivation to move forward and strength.
1. “The longer you look, the more you see” - Me (Sarah Archer)
I said this one night when I was gazing up at the stars two summers ago. I said to my boyfriend at the time “The longer you look, the more you see” (talking about the stars) After saying that I realized that that quote can apply to many occasions. For example, a homeless person at first glance might look lazy, dirty, haggard, or crazy. But if you look at them long enough or talk to them you will realize that they are much more than what meets the eye. They could have a university degree, be extremely smart, or used to be a prominent businessman (or woman). Everything in this world is so much more than what you see at first glance.
2. “Dwell in Possibility” - Emily Dickinson
Everyone has those negative moments in life when you think that you aren't going anywhere, or life isn't working out like you hoped. This quote basically means that you should always think that anything is possible and be positive. If you are more positive than more positive things will happen to you. If you are negative then bad things will happen to you. That is just the way that the world and karma works.
3. “Don't look back, you are not going that way” - Unknown
This quote especially helped me when I wanted to use (drugs) again. I would just say this quote over and over again. It made me realize that I cannot go back to my old habits because I now want to be constantly going forward in life, not backward. When I decide to do something I do it and there is no way of backing out of it, because in order for me to live the life I want to live I need to do things even if they make me feel uncomfortable.
4. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all” - J.K Rowling
I found this quote in a magazine a couple years ago. It really spoke to me so I cut it out and taped it beside my mirror so that every morning I will see it. It reminds me to take risks and to live without worrying so much. Because if I don't do things in fear of failing or something bad happening then I will not go where I want to be in life. I want to have a meaningful existence that impacts this world, even in the slightest way.
More great quotes:
“Always be in search of the magic” - Grady Booch
“Heart full of sunlight, soul full of stars” - Unknown
“Live wild, flower child” - Unknown
“Let it be” - The Beatles
“Aim High, Fly Higher” - Unknown