Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

Archive for the month “December, 2013”

“I Promise Myself” – “Believe in Impossible Things” 2013

“I Promise Myself –

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, Happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only for the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of troble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, as long as I am true to the best that is in me.”   (Christian Larson)


“There is no use trying”, said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.

“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”   (Lewis Carroll)

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“Today I Am Blessed / The Greatest Challenge of the Day”


“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas.  The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.  If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow.  Today I am blessed.”    (Maya Angelou)



“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure.  You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”   (Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt)



“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person.  To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think.  The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.”   (Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.)



“I wonder about that place at the end of all our striving … that place where the insatiable need to figure it out is silenced, that place where the need to be ‘right’ is extinguished, that place where the impulse to attain a magic formula dissolves, that place where the drive to be somewhere else or be someone else is quieted, that place where the urge to become dependent upon the latest guru or teacher is eradicated, that place where you no longer feel the need to perpetuate the persona of being a spiritual, awakened or enlightened person, that place where there are no advanced spiritual concepts or practices to master or attain, that place where you realize that what you have been looking for, you have; the person you most hoped to be, you are; and what your heart most desires, you have.  And maybe what you notice some time later is that your seeking has ended, and your suffering has too.”   (Jim Palmer, Notes From (over) The Edge)



“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.”   (Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You)



“The greatest challenge of the day is:  how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”   (Dorothy Day)


“You’ll Find Your Way Again”


“I think we wake up every day with high intentions and by dusk we have routinely fallen short.”   (Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand)



“For our homework, as kids, we would sometimes be asked to write, ‘What I did today.’  Now I feel like compiling a list: the things I didn’t do today.  The things I haven’t done in life.”   (Intimacy, Hanif Kureishi)



“Let the guilt teach you how to behave next time.”   (Insurgent, Veronica Roth)



“Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being.  You’re a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist.  And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.  Unconditional self acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind.”   (St. Francis de Sales)



“If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be.  Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places.  Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path toward happiness; don’t waste time with regret.  Spin wildly into your next action.  Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes, because you’ll never get another one quite like it.  And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over.  Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart … where your hope lives.  You’ll find your way again.”   (Everwood)


“Miracles do Happen and We All Have Goodness in Our Heart” 2013

This is a repeat of a post I did in December 2012. It moves me so much during this time that I felt it was needed again. Merry Christmas everyone!  



Although today’s post is a bit longer than my previous ones, I couldn’t excerpt parts of this without destroying the meaning of the story. Please bear with me and read the whole story. This story is a song by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and every time I hear it, I get a bit teary-eyed. Reading the lyrics below will hit you hard but try to listen to the song and get the full effect of it and understand why one can get a bit teary-eyed and understand that miracles do happen and that we all have goodness in our hearts. ~ GM Universe


In an old city bar, that is never too far

From the places that gather, the dreams that have been

In the safety of night with its old neon light
It beckons to strangers and they always come in

And the snow it was falling; the neon was calling
The music was low, and the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger, that even with strangers
Inside of this night it’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide and a child came inside
That no one in the bar had seen there before

And he asked did we know that outside in the snow
That someone was lost standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed through the smoke and the haze

Through the window and ice to a corner streetlight

Where standing alone, by a broken pay phone
Was a girl the child said could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling, the neon was calling
The bartender turned and said, not that I care
But how would you know this?
The child said I’ve noticed, if one could be home, they’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar, and in all of his life he was never that far
And he did something else that he thought no one saw when he took all the cash from the register draw

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street and we watched from the bar as they started to speak

Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K., put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away

And we saw in his hand that the cash was all gone from the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it this world you can change it
If we could somehow make this Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor or even a stranger
And to know who needs help you need only just ask

Then he looked for the child but the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside, somehow different I think
For the rest of the night no one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say that some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums in the world where they hid

But they weren’t there so they couldn’t see
By an old neon star on that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling the neon was calling
And in case you should wonder, in case you should care

Why we’re on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights
We were already there. ” (‘Old City Bar’ lyrics, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)


“Here are a few suggestions for special gifts: a firm handshake to a shaky soul, a kind word to a lonely person, a warm smile to the disheartened, a sincere concern for someone troubled, a feeling of compassion for the neglected, a comforting thought for the bereaved, a respect for the dignity of others, a defense of the rights of individuals, a word of witness to help a seeking soul, a Merry Christmas to all.” (Source Unknown)

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“Children Remember What You Are”


“Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.”  (Jesuit Maxim)



“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One of these is roots; the other, wings.”   (Hodding Carter)



“Children have neither a past nor a future.  Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.”   (Jean de la Bruyere)



“The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you will tell them.  They don’t remember what you try to teach them.  They remember what you are.”  (Jim Henson)



“Conspicuously absent from the Ten Commandments is any obligation of parent to child.  We must suppose that God felt it unnecessary to command by law what He had ensured by love.”  (Robert Brault)



“We do not realize how fragile our childhood was until it becomes our turn to play the grown-up.”   (Robert Brault)


“We Can Believe in the Truth of Our Hearts”


“There is not one person who has all the answers.

There is not one way to find bliss and satisfaction.

There is not one way to experience life.

What is right for one may be different for you.

What works for one, certainly may not work the same for you.

It’s your job to look inside.

It’s your job to understand yourself.

It’s your job to live the way that’s right for you.

And it’s your job to believe that you have the power to.”   (Uplifted Vibrations)



“A soul mate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes.  We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves.”   (Edgar Cayce)



“But if there is anything our free will should teach us, it is that we can control who we choose to be; we can control who we are, at least to some extent.  So maybe we should ascribe to that perspective that we do not find ourselves, but create ourselves.  Maybe we should stop looking for ourselves and simply choose to be whoever we choose to be.  And then have the courage to say that who we are is our choice.”   (Thought Catalog, ‘Stop Looking for Yourself’)



#2. Our hearts over our heads.

We’re submersed in a culture that tells us to be strong, independent people who don’t need anyone else’s approval, acceptance, or bank account.  The tides have shifted to inform us that wanting to be loved is a symptom of being desperate, that fighting for the right to love isn’t as important as moving on.  We’re supposed to take a baseball bat to their car; we can never ask them to stay.  And yet, we’ve all but forgotten how to listen to our hearts.  We can give people second chances, third chances, fourth chances.  We can send the first text; we can truly believe that no one meant to hurt us.  We can call them because we need to hear their voice, even if they are indifferent to ours.  We can believe in the truth of our hearts.”   (“10 Things We Should Never Stop Believing In” by Cheryl Hurst, Thought Catalog, 12.20.13)



“Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.”   (Stephen R. Covey)


“We Must Hunger for Them / We Shall Get There Someday”


“Unless that underground level of the self is preserved as a verified and verifying element in your makeup, you are going to be in danger of settling into whatever profile the world prepares for you and accepting whatever profile the world provides for you.  You’ll be in danger of molding yourselves in accordance with laws of growth other than those of your own intuitive being.”   (Seamus Heaney, poet)



“Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants.  The way it stops and starts.”   (Edgar Allan Poe)



“There’s no need to wait for the bad things and bullshit to be over.  Change now.  Love now. Live now.  Don’t wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won’t.”   (Kris Carr, Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!)



“How will you succeed?  The answer may be found in a few simple words written by Abe Lincoln:  ‘When I do good I feel good.  When I do bad I feel bad.  And that’s my religion.’  All of us have a voice inside that will speak to us if we let it.  Sometimes it’s easy to hear; sometimes we have to turn down the volume of the distracting noise around us so we can listen.  That voice tells us if we are on the right track.  It lets us know if we give as much as we take, if we welcome the opinions of others, and at least accept diversity even if we are not able to embrace it.”   (Christopher Reeve)



“Love what you do, or don’t do it.  Don’t make a choice of any kind, whether in career or in life, just because it pleases others or because it ranks high on someone else’s scale of achievement or even because it seems to be, perhaps even for you at the time, simply the logical thing to do at that moment on your path.  Make the choice to do something because it engages your heart as well as your mind.  Make the choice because it engages all of you.” (Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard)



“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”   (George Eliot)



“Rivers know this:  there is no hurry.  We shall get there someday.”   (Winnie the Pooh)


“The Profound Significance of Simply Loving My Neighbor”


“To care about people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean, you name it – to have compassion and to care for these people means not to run from the pain of finding these things in ourselves.”   (Pema Chodron)



“When someone is acting difficult to love, that usually means they are needing it terribly.”   (Margaret Anne Huffman)



“If there’s a thing I’ve learned in my life it’s to not be afraid of the responsibility that comes with caring for other people.  What we do for love: those things endure.  Even if the people you do them for don’t.”   (Cassandra Clare)



“The only way that we can live is if we grow.  The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn.  The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open.  Do it.  Throw yourself.”   (C. JoyBell C.)



“Our bodies need regular washing because we get dirty every day.  But so do our hearts! Because each day, people hurt us, offend us, forget us, snub us, step on us, reject us.  But if we choose to forgive everyone every day, we cleanse our hearts!  We wake up the next morning refreshed and pure and lovely!”   (Bo Sanchez, You Have the Power to Create Love)



“I once dreamed of launching revolutions, sparking movements, mobilizing the masses, and changing everything.  Now I’ve learned the beauty and profound significance of simply loving my neighbor.”   (Jim Palmer)


“Life is Short. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


“There are all these books that say we create our own destiny and what we believe is what we manifest. You’re supposed to walk around with this perpetual bubble over your head thinking happy thoughts and then everything is going to be sunshine and roses. Nope, sorry, don’t think so. You can be as happy as you’ve ever been in your life, and shit is still going to happen. But it doesn’t just happen. It knocks you sideways and crushes you into the ground, because you were stupid enough to believe in sunshine and roses.”   (Chevy Stevens, Still Missing)



“Of all the joys on earth, few compare to the crowning glory of achieving against the odds, succeeding in the face of peril, or triumphing over adversity.

Wouldn’t you say?

Yet in every such case, without exception, the poor odds, the peril, and the adversity must come first.”   (Mike Dooley, Notes From the Universe)



“There are worse things than being alone but it often takes decades to realize this and most often when you do it’s too late and there’s nothing worse than too late.”   (Charles Bukowski)



“That’s what you taught me – we don’t have to accept destiny ….  We can create our own future, all of us.  We have the power to rule our lives – we just have to make the choice to use it.”   (Darren Shan, Sons of Destiny)



“There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze.  One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.”   (T. F. Hodge)



“Life is short.  Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”   (Mark Twain)


“Life is a Challenge, Meet It!”


“Talent is God-given.  Be humble.

Fame is man-given.  Be grateful.

Conceit is self-given.  Be careful.”   (John Wooden)



“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours.  Live your truth and don’t EVER stop!”    (Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free)



“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”   (Terry Pratchett)



“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.

I believe in love even when not feeling it.

I believe in God even when He is silent.”   (Inscription on a cellar well in Cologne, Germany where Jews hid from Nazis during World War II)


“You may be sitting around waiting for God to change your circumstances.  Then you’re going to be happy, then you’re going to have a good attitude, then you’re going to give God praise. But God is waiting on you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, He’ll begin to change things and work supernaturally in your life.”   (Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now:  7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential)



“Life is a challenge, meet it!

Life is a dream, realize it!

Life is a game, play it!

Life is Love, enjoy it!”   (Sathya Sai Baba)


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