Here we are, still finding ourselves amidst this twentieth century pandemic. Sometimes it is hard to stay positive in these hard times, and we need some words of encouragement to help us keep going so I am going to get this post rolling out a few days early. Most months I post approximately 5 quotes to inspire you all, but I think we could all use a little extra inspiration these days, so I have decided for the May Thoughts to Inspire I would share my top 10 quotes from a woman that spent her life serving everyone she could. Even if you are not a religious person, no one can deny that Mother Teresa was a saint in every meaning of the word. So here are my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa, as well as some comments.
Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa
Small kindnesses are often overlooked, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still practice them. There are so many things you can do now to help out. Use your talents and your time to do something kind for someone else, and it will make you feel good too.
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. –Mother Teresa
With this pandemic, most of us are spending more time with our family, and we take advantage of the fact that they are simply present. Don’t let yourself fall into a pattern of just existing during this. You should show love and affection for your family in some way every day.
Wash the plate, not because it is dirty, not because you are told to scrub it, but because you love the person who will use it next. –Mother Teresa
This is going to be super important as we start to climb out of this situation. Try to show others you care by continuing to practice social distancing and cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched. We want to share thoughtfulness and don’t want to share germs.
Spread Love Wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. –Mother Teresa
A smile is the beginning of peace. –Mother Teresa
These 2 quotes are pretty self explanatory. Even as many of you are going to the store wearing your masks, people can see the smile in your eyes. A simple smile or showing of compassion or understanding just might change that persons day.
Some people come into your life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. –Mother Teresa
Isn’t that the truth. There is no reason to dwell on those that have wronged you, but rather take the lesson you learned from it, and move forward.
God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. –Mother Teresa
Progress not perfection people. Try to DO BETTER and BE BETTER than you were yesterday. We can always improve on ourselves, and without beating up on yourself for not being perfect.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. –Mother Teresa
Everyone can pick at someone’s imperfections, but no one knows their whole story. Simply don’t judge. Leave that up to God.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us Begin. –Mother Teresa
This has perhaps become more evident than ever. Make the most of every day, and live it as if it is your last, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one. –Mother Teresa
So many children are being undernourished right now without schools being open. If you can donate even one can of food to the pantries, or donate to a specific organization like feed the children. Even $1 makes a difference. I realize most of us are strapped for cash especially right now, but imagine how many kids would benefit if 50,000 people just donated $1.
This time has been a reflection of our humanity. Do we take what we are learning from this time as a lesson and move forward with a more educated approach and more humane approach to our lives and our world, or do we discard it? I would like to think that moving forward we will be kinder to ourselves, our family, our friends, our employers and employees, and to our world. We only have one life, so lets live it as positively as possible.
I hope you are encouraged to stay positive with the May Thoughts to Inspire. For more thoughts to inspire check each month in the archives. Here are a few more posts to help inspire you.