Happiness, joy, contentment, being able to appreciate a wisp of cloud tracing a line across the sky … these things come only when we have found a way to feel good about who we are. That kind of inner peace is important to everything in our lives, from finding love to excelling at our jobs.
But there are wiser people than us who have had more insightful things to say about the topic. Here are six quotes that stick with us:
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
The simplicity of Gandhi’s statement does not diminish its power. Think about what he is saying here. He is saying that you are more powerful than you realize; that you are in control of how you feel, no one else, and only those who you’ve let in can have an effect on you. It’s an emboldening thing to consider.
“The best fighter is never angry.”
― Lao Tzu
Taken from the Tao Te Ching, the meaning here is simple: don’t let your emotions take charge. Being a strong, assertive woman means understanding your own strength and using it to your benefit rather than letting it use you.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
― Gautama Buddha
The beauty and joy of artistic expression comes from within, so should it be any surprise that true peace comes from that same place? We don’t find joy in external things, but rather in the way we internalize external things. In other words, it’s not the full moon’s light playing off the water of the lake that swells our heart, it’s what we take from that image. It comes from inside. True happiness, real happiness, does not come from diamonds or men, it begins inside you.
“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
We all know that this person is inside us, the trick is finding them. At Andrea Lopresti Fine Jewelry, we’re blessed to be able to reach out to that person and express that sense of peace, boldness, and joy in our handmade jewelry. You might need another path, but make no mistake, the path exists. No matter what’s happening in your life, somewhere inside you is the person you long to be: At peace with yourself. Calm. And open to all the world’s possibilities.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
None of us are without turmoil in our lives. It’s impossible to avoid it entirely. How the ups and downs of life affect us, though, depends on how well we’ve managed to accept who we are. All your power as a woman stems from it. Your confidence. Your creativity. Your ability to take life’s lemons and make lemonade. It all begins by being comfortable with who you are.
“Nothing external to you has any power over you.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’ve talked a lot about being comfortable with who you are, but the world doesn’t always make that easy, does it? You’re told you have to look a certain way. You have to act a certain way. You have to take certain jobs. But none of that is true. The world can ask what it wants of you, but far more important is what YOU want of the world. All those messages bombarding you to be a woman you don’t want to be? They only have power if you let them.
Get outside, breath the open air, dance. Embrace who you are and everything that follows becomes better as a result.