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

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Brave     /brāv/

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

noun (dated)
a North American Indian warrior

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

Change Your Mind

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

~ Viktor E. Frankl
Galatea of the Spheres by Salvador Dali, 1952

More on changing your mind:

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
~ Maya Angelou

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
~ Winston Churchill

 “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”
~ Victor Hugo

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Change of mind
a decision to reverse an earlier decision. flip-flop, turnabout, turnaround, reversal, deciding, decision making – the cognitive process of reaching a decision. “a good executive must be good at decision making”

Be Positive

“The worst thing that can happen in a democracy – as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.”

~ Hillary Clinton
Three trees near Mixingale, spring by David Hockney

More about positivity:

“The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.”
~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.”
~ Bennett Nerf

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
~ Joseph Campbell

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Positivity     /ˌpäzəˈtivədē/     noun

1- the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude. “pupils draw power from the positivity of their teachers”
2- the presence rather than absence of a certain substance, condition, or feature. “the first biopsy specimen demonstrated positivity for cytokeratin”

Hope

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

~ Michelle Obama
Banksy’s There is Always Hope, London street art

More on hope:

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein

“The young give us hope because young people are certain their best days still lie ahead – which explains why they’re absolutely convinced they can change the world for the better.”
~ Paul Polman

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Hope     /hōp/

noun
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. “he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information”

verb
want something to happen or be the case. “he’s hoping for an offer of compensation”

Find Your Voice

“I will use my voice to change the world, spreading hope, spreading love, and spreading life, ’cause the world needs that. That’s enough for me.”

~ Victoria Arlen
David Bowie; watercolor by cate parr

More on finding your voice:

“There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what, for me, is inexpressible by any other means.”
~ David Bowie

“Really take the time to focus on finding your voice and making sure that whatever you’re creating is of high quality and is useful for people in their everyday lives.”
~ Brit Morin

“My social media is riddled with me speaking out on stuff that matters because silence is a petri dish for hate. For me, it’s important to speak out.”
~ Natasha Rothwell

“I never saw fairy tales as an escape or a cop-out… On the contrary, speaking for myself, it is the way to understand reality.”
~ Lloyd Alexander

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Voice     /vois/

noun
1- the sound produced in a person’s larynx and uttered through the mouth, as speech or song. “Meg raised her voice”
2- a particular opinion or attitude expressed. “a dissenting voice”

verb
express (something) in words. “get teachers to voice their opinions on important subjects”

Practice

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

~ Dalai Lama
Gravity Glue balanced stone sculptures by Mike Grab, Boulder Creek, Colorado

More on practice:

“It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.”
~ Vivienne Westwood

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don’t believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn’t want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.”
~ Malcolm X

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Practice     /ˈpraktəs/

noun
1- the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theory relating to it. “the principles and practice of teaching”
2- the customary habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing something. “current nursing practice”

verb
1- perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. “I need to practice my French”

2- carry out or perform (a particular activity, method or custom) habitually or regularly. “we still practice some of these rituals today”

Nourish

“I love to talk about cooking and recipes, but I love as much talking about how food and cooking can change the world.” 

~ Jose Andres
Garden Path With Chickens by Gustav Klimt

More on nourishment:

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
~ Mother Teresa

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings.”
~ David Bowie

“Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”
~ William Penn

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Nourish     /ˈnəriSH/     verb

1- provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition. “I was doing everything I could to nourish and protect the baby”

2- keep (a feeling or belief) in one’s mind, typically for a long time. “he has long nourished an ambition to bring the show to Broadway”

Let It Be

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

~ Lao Tzu
Big Mountain Face by Paul McCartney

More on letting it be:

“Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you hear?”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

“Sometimes it’s hard to know when to let go. It can be so personal…like the autumn leaf still hanging on the limb in the late October sky, Mother Nature sends a gust of wind to nudge it’s stem loose. For us, we must listen for our own nudge from the inner soul. We must know . . . we will feel, it’s ok to let it be.”
~ Wes Adamson

“Dream big, work with passion, and then let it be.”
~ Debasish Mridha 

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Let someone/something be
stop disturbing or interfering with. “let him be – he knows what he wants”

Adapt

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. “

~ Charles Darwin
Stencil art by KrieBeL

More on adaptation:

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
~ James P. Lewis

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Adapt     /əˈdapt/     verb

1- make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify. “hospitals have had to be adapted for modern medical practice”

2- become adjusted to new conditions. “a large organization can be slow to adapt to change”

3- alter (a text) to make it suitable for filming, broadcasting, or the stage. “the miniseries was adapted from Wouk’s novel”

Think

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”

The Buddha
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, 1903

More about thought:

“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
~ Santos Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
~ Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

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Think     /THiNGk/

verb
1 – have a particular opinion, belief, or idea about someone or something. “she thought that nothing would be the same again”
2 – direct one’s mind toward someone or something; use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas. “he was thinking about Colin”

noun (informal)
an act of thinking. “I went for a walk to have a think”