I know you think this world is too dark to even dream in color,
but I’ve seen flowers bloom at midnight.
I’ve seen kites fly in gray skies
and they were real close to looking like the sunrise,
and sometime it takes the most wounded wings
the most broken things
to notice how strong the breeze is,
how precious the flight.
Andrea Gibson from The Moon is a Kite
Janelle Monae’s acceptance speech for the Young, Gifted and Black Award at the 2012 BET Awards:
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monáe
(Note: This is an inspiration regardless or age, gender or race.)
Thanks Obvious Magazine
This is from a beautiful collection from Sketches in Stillness. A personal favorite!
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come / Whispering ‘It will be happier.'” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Oh, how I love finding inspirational quotes!! The best part for me is to share them and hope they bring light to all who read. I admit, it may not be too original, so many great quotes and beautiful pictures are being sent, shared and blogged over the internet, however, that energy flows into the hearts of those that come in contact with it and I feel that energy creates a connection between us all. That’s why I don’t mind the non-originality, it’s all about the positive energy it sends out.
“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you
don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not
doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or
less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
Courtesy Joyous Footprints
“Many expressions that are in common usage, and sometimes the structure of language itself, reveal the fact that people don’t know who they are. You say: “He lost his life” or “my life,” as if life were something that you can possess or lose. The truth is: you don’t have a life, you are life. The One Life, the one consciousness that pervades the entire universe and takes temporary form to experience itself as a stone or blade of grass, as an animal, a person, a star or a galaxy.
Can you sense deep within that you already know that? Can you sense that you already are That?”