At some point in our lives, we all get stuck. We get stuck with our money. We get stuck in our careers. We get stuck in our relationships. We get so stuck in the doldrums of day-to-day life that we lose time for the metaphysical thinking that can make life so interesting.
My go-to cure for this is change. But not everyone embraces change with the open-armed enthusiasm that I do. And as I grow older and responsibilities start layer themselves on me thicker and thicker, the ability to initiate big, radical, exciting changes is my life is limited.
So I resort to my runner-up cure. And that is keeping a quote journal. There are so many people that live, and have lived, that are way smarter than I am. They’ve thought so many thoughts. Done so many great things. And while only a fraction of them have gone down in recorded history, that fraction creates large enough of a pool for us to draw immense wisdom.
How do you start a quote journal for those times when you need inspiration? Just get a notebook. Or some type of notebook app for your phone. And then carry it with you everywhere. Your purse. Your car. Wherever. Then every time you see something that speaks to you, write it down. Even if you think you won’t be able to apply it this second. There will be times when you feel like you’ve got everything in your life under control. Keep recording these bits of wisdom. Because as surely as today is going great, there will be days in the future where you’re feeling drained, worn down, or just plain uninspired.
You may need quotes to support you when you’re feeling down. You may need them when you’re making sacrifices so you can get your financial game together. You may need them when you hit a rough patch in a relationship or a hard day at work. If you’re a writer, you may need them to draw from when you hit a block a few months down the line.
One thing that’s helped me in acquiring inspiration through other’s words has been reading. It’s why I still love reading fiction. Just because a story didn’t really happen doesn’t mean the lessons imparted by the author don’t hold weight in our everyday lives.
Another thing that helps is discussing life with others. Maintain friendships. Meet new people. Because you just may be amazed how many smart, inspirational people are still living today, and they’re living in the circles right around you. A good part of my journals have been filled with advice from friends. It’s funny how if someone knows you well enough, the words they give you today will apply to situations you encounter all throughout your life.
Need some help getting your journal started? Here are a few quotes that have filled my well of inspiration in times when I needed it most:
Do you keep a quote journal? What words have inspired you?