Be Brave

“We are built to love. Have the bravery to open the heart you have contracted from life’s disappointments. This is how heroes roll.”

~ Robin S. Sharma
Man at the Crossroads by Diego Rivera, 1933

More on bravery:

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
Omar N. Bradley

“If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.”
~ Xun Kuang

“Nothing is black or white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.”
~ Dave Matthews

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.”
~ George S. Patton

Brave     /brāv/

ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage. “a brave soldier”

noun (dated)
a North American Indian warrior.

endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear. “we had to brave the full heat of the sun”

Be Strong

“The far right was on the march in the 1930s, and we defeated the fascists through a great united working-class effort. That sense of unity and strength is what gave people confidence to change things.”

~ Ken Loach
Self portrait by Frida Kahlo, 1940

More on strength:

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
~ Winston Churchill

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

Strong   /strôNG/     adjective

1- having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks. “she cut through the water with her strong arms”

2- able to withstand great force or pressure. “cotton is strong, hard-wearing and easy to handle”

Be Grateful

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

~ Melody Beattie
Illuminated manuscript; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

More on gratitude:

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
~ Carl Jung

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”
~ Wayne Dyer

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
~ Zig Ziglar

Gratitude     /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/      noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”

Be Kind

“I’m not a Starbucks guy. I’m a Dunkin Donuts guy, but I like to pay for the coffee of the other folks behind me in line. It typically costs me less than $10, and makes the other people feel good, but more importantly, it makes me feel so good, and random acts of kindness change the world one person at a time.”

~ Robert Kraft
Bouquet With Hands by Pablo Picasso, 1958

More on kindness:

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
~ Lao Tzu

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”
~ Dalai Lama

“That best portion of a man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
~ William Wordsworth

Kindness     /ˈkīn(d)nəs/     noun

the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate / a kind act. “it is a kindness I shall never forget”

Get Real

“A word is an arbitrary label – that’s the foundation of linguistics. But many people think otherwise. They believe in word magic: that uttering a spell, incantation, curse, or prayer can change the world. Don’t snicker: Would you ever say, ‘Nothing has gone wrong yet’ without looking for wood to knock?”

~ Steven Pinker
American Gothic; social realism by Grant Wood, 1930

More on getting real:

“We get real results only in proportion to the real values we give.”
~James Cash Penney

“The real war will never get in the books.”
~ Walt Whitman

“I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff.”
~ Temple Grandin

Real     /ˈrē(ə)l/

1- actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed. “Julius Caesar was a real person”
2- (of a substance or thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine. “the earring was presumably real gold”

adverb (informal, North American)
really; very. “my head hurts real bad”

Break the Rules

“You can’t change the world without a certain amount of healthy willingness to break the rules.”

~Sebastian Thrun
The Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso; oil on canvas; France, 1937

More on breaking the rules:

“Obedience keeps the rules. Love knows when to break them.”
~ Anthony de Mello

“You are remembered by the rules you break.”
~ Douglas MacArthur

“You can’t break the rules until you know how to play the game.”
~ Rickie Lee Jones

Rule     /ro͞ol/

1- one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere. “the rules of the game were understood”
2- control of or dominion over an area or people. “the revolution brought an end to British rule”

1- exercise ultimate power or authority over (an area and its people). “Latin America today is ruled by elected politicians”
2- pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case. “a federal court ruled that he was unfairly dismissed from his job”

Make It Happen

“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” 

~ Shonda Rhimes

Ntange Dreaming by
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1989; National Gallery of Australia 

More on making it happen:

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
~ Michael Jordan

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I think that we as a people are always prone to think about, well, tomorrow will be a better day. Well, why will it be a better day? And I think the more that we believe in doing things better, doing the right thing rather than hoping that that’s going to happen, let’s make it happen.”
~ Bobby Knight

Happen     /ˈhapən/     verb

1- take place; occur. “the afternoon when the disturbance happened”
2- be experienced by (someone); befall. “the same thing happened to me”

Work Together

“There are big problems that change the world. If we are working together, that will make us understand each other, appreciate each other, help each other.”

~ Jack Ma
Les Vignes Rouges by Vincent van Gogh

More on working together:

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.”
~ Queen Elizabeth II

“We need to make sure we’re all working together to change mindsets, to change attitudes, and to fight against the bad habits that we have as a society.”
~ Justin Trudeau

“I just feel like everyone should be working together and congratulating, be big upping each other instead of getting in they feelings and being jealous at younger cats.”
~ Rich the Kid

Together      /təˈɡeT͟Hər/

1- with or in proximity to another person or people. “together they climbed the dark stairs”
2- into companionship or close association. “the experience has brought us together”

adjective (informal)
self-confident, level-headed, or well organized. “she seems a very together young woman”

Embrace It

“Be what you are. Do what you love. Speak what you feel. Don’t hide your humanity. Celebrate it. Embrace it. That is how you change the world.”

~ Vironika Tugaleva 
The Embrace by Gustav Klimt, 1905

More thoughts on embracing who you are:

“The thing that is really hard and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning to work on becoming yourself.”
~ Anna Quindlen

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
~ Lao Tzu

Embrace     /əmˈbrās/

1- hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection. “Aunt Sophie embraced her warmly”
2- accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically. “besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology”

1- an act of holding someone closely in one’s arms. “they were locked in an embrace”
2- an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically. “their eager embrace of foreign influences”

Be Brave

“The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.” 

~ PD James, The Children of Men
Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982

More on being brave:

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”
~ Helen Keller

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.”
~ Indira Gandhi

Brave     /brāv/

ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage. “a brave soldier”

noun (dated)
a North American Indian warrior

endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear. “we had to brave the full heat of the sun”