I like to start the new year with quotes that will inspire you and encourage you to spread kindness wherever you go, including kindness for yourself.
PS -I hope you enjoy the pictures too. I included ones that made me smile and warmed my heart.
Choosing to have joy is not naively thinking everything will be easy. It is courageously believing that there is still hope, even when things get hard. – Morgan Harper Nichols
You can choose what you stand for and what you will try to accomplish. You can choose, when hopes and fears are swirling in your head, to clutch at hope. Amid beauty and ugliness, to fasten on beauty. Between despair and possibility, to pursue the possible. Of love and hate, to opt for love. These are choices entirely in your power to make. – David Von Drehle
We tend to remember the dramatic incidents that change history—Armstrong’s walk on the moon, Nixon’s resignation, and the Loma Prieta earthquake—but we live for the quiet, intimate moments that mark not our calendars but our hearts. – Robert Dugoni (from the book, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell)
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And the minute you can understand that you can poke life, and if you push in, then something will pop out the other side; that you can change it, you can mold it- that’s maybe the most important thing: to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there, and you’re just going to live in it versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. – Steve Jobs
All the greatest gains in life — in wealth, relationships, or knowledge —come from the magic of compounding interest — amplifying small steady gains. All you need for abundance is to keep adding 1% more than you subtract on a regular basis. – Kevin Kelly
Be kind. You will remember when you weren’t. How you treat other people will bring you either peace or despair as you age, and it will certainly impact how you are remembered after you die. – Diane Button
Character isn’t fate or destiny. Character isn’t DNA, decided before birth. Character is the result of your little choices and little actions. – Derek Sivers
Western cultures believe we must be alive for a purpose. To work, to make money. Some indigenous cultures believe we’re alive just as nature is alive; to be here, to be beautiful and strange. We don’t need to achieve anything to be valid in our humanness. – lanie@melatoninlau (Twitter)
To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough, and morality enough, to cut off the chain of hate. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Whatever unlocks your joy, do that – and do it with integrity and in the power of your brilliance. – Colin Kaepernick
Parent the child you have. As a parent of a child with special needs, this is my mantra. But this is also true of any child. Stop trying to make your child quieter, louder, more outgoing, more interested in things their sibling likes, and appreciate the unique and individual small person you’ve been given. — Sue Lanigan
In the constant pursuit of more and better, we can easily lose sight of the everyday riches that lie right in front of us and within us. – Guri Mehta
Your brain is a supercomputer and your self-talk is the program it will run. Positive or negative is up to you. – Jim Kwik
The next time you see someone enjoying something, that isn’t hurting anyone, that isn’t your cup of tea, instead of saying something negative, train yourself to think, “I’m glad they are happy” and carry on with your life. – Mark MacKillop
Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, mind, intuition, and inner knowing. The senses of my body and the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear. Thus, walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun. – Lakota Prayer
I hope some of these touched your heart and you are feeling inspired. Wishing you peace, love, and gratitude.
Is there someone who inspires you with their kindness? Nominate them for the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award of $250.
Do you have an act-of-kindness project you want to do but need help funding it? Submit your idea for the Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant of $500 and let us help you spread kindness.