“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure”
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
This quote is stated by the fiery Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and I love it. What a beautiful resolve— to look back on the past with joy— cherishing the happy times and seeing the fruit of the difficult times. There is no need to dwell on past wounds, mistakes, or challenges, but rather hold onto the good that you’ve been given, and move on in joy.
“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.”
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
Anytime I am going through a rough season, I find my mind turning back to Anne Shirley for some uplifting reminders. Tomorrow is all fresh and clean and I can begin again. There is so much hope in the truth that you can ALWAYS start anew..
Immediately, I find a sense of hope and excitement. It’s going to be a great day to have a great day.
“But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul.”
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
I love this quote (and novel). The story examines good and evil, and discovers the beautiful truth that man has a rational soul, and that gives him dignity.
He can choose to triumph; he can choose goodness; he can choose joy.
What a glorious celebration of the human person!
Sometimes we get stuck on negative scripts:
“I am so unorganized.”
“I don’t deserve X”
“I always mess up.”
“I am dumb.”
“I am overweight.”
Whatever it is, even if we just whisper it silently to ourselves, negative scripts manipulate our minds into believing that we are stuck being less than we are.
Instead, God created you wonderfully and He gave you a beautiful soul, a glittering mind, and you are capable and good.
Be renewed in love and gratitude.
“Real Courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Lost causes are worth fighting for. There are a lot of battles we might be up against in this world as women trying to restore femininity — or maybe even in the challenges you’re dealing with in your own life. Don’t let the odds frighten you. Have courage and go forth boldly!
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights.”
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Yes, you are! You are made for love. Don’t ever underestimate your worth.