It’s long since been known that helping others can be a source of joy. What many people overlook, however, is that this help doesn’t have to be in the form of some grand gesture. Because we’re social creatures who constantly take cues from those around us about how to feel, smiling is truly infectious and simply sharing your smile with those around you.
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Don’t be afraid to take risks, because if you think you’re playing it safe you really aren’t. There’s plenty more to lose by not risking anything, such as having a boring life and not accomplishing anything of merit. The key is making calculated risks and following your instincts. Take risks that feel good, and follow your bliss. Don’t let a risk stand in the way of doing what you want to do. Make sure that you measure the risk and always be risking something so that you have an interesting life.

Falling down is part of life, but you’re only beaten if you fall down and don’t get back up. As long as you keep getting back up you’re going to eventually reach the goals you set for yourself. Here she’s saying that you don’t want to go down as the girl that fell but didn’t get up, you want to be the girl that got back up and got on with her life and ended up where she wanted to be. It’s nice to know that reaching your goals is not the most important part, just the act of continuing to strive for them and never giving up.
When your life is in turmoil, think of a waterfall. The water (your life) is flowing along normally at a steady pace when suddenly, there is a dip (event in your life or a problem) which results in the water going into a state of turmoil as it falls deeper and deeper with no sign of an end to the turmoil. Then the water hits the bottom and splashes into a larger state of turmoil (this is the peak before things start to get better) before gradually blending into calm stream again (normality).
Thank you for these quotes Ellesse. I know it has been quite a while since this was posted but I just stumbled across them and I thought all of these quotes were inspiring. Unfortunately, I did not get the time to read all of the comments today but I hope to change that soon. I would have several quotes to tell you but when I started to think of inspirational quotes I could only think of the one that has helped me through some difficult times in life. I don’t know if it is considered inspirational, but it was to me. In fact, it was so inspirational that my high school graduation present from my mother was a ring engraved with this quote:
Just before they go to sleep, many people have this habit of thinking how their day went, what was important after all, and what they should remember on the following day. Then, when the next day begins, what we have found out about our lives  is related to eternal human values: kindness matters, the beauty of all living things is a compass showing towards happiness, and a positive view is essential to a better life.
“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
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