Now more than ever it is important to remember that out of bad things can come good things if you are willing to see it. Sometimes, when things are really bad we have to make a more concentrated effort to see the good but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Here are three quotes that have brought us hope here at The Centr. We hope they positively impact you as well.
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
—Joel Arthur Barker
This first quote might not seem to relate to anything that is going on in current events but it does. We as people are so opinionated about how to change, we are so quick to tell others what to do or what they should be doing, but that isn’t going to inspire anyone. What it does is creates more distance and people will just continue to do what they were doing. So the question we must ask ourselves is; what is it that can break down our walls and keep change happening? How can we have productive conversations again? Our world operates in such polar extremes, there is no central vision anymore. But really when we get to the heart of what people are searching for we are more alike than we are different. Yes, we might have different ideas of how to get what we are searching for but that tug of war is healthy. It keeps us balanced. But if we remain so divided and so polarized that we can’t come together anymore then change won’t happen. When everyone is telling others what to do and there is no unified vision it just passes the time and the time will go by and we are back to square one. Alternatively, if we just have this vision but we don’t do anything about it we are just in dream land. We can visualize all day what the world could be like but if we don’t act upon that then what’s the point? So the solution is that we need to put the two together. We need to have vision and action and together we can change the world.
“Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both.”
— Brené Brown
This second quote is especially convicting as an American. In American culture we have such pride in the struggle. But this quote is another example of coming back to the center of things. We don’t have to be one extreme or another–in fact we rarely are. We are more often than not both examples. It is great to give help, it is wonderful to be offered help and it is noble to ask for help. Don’t limit yourself by saying you are too good for any of these things. Life can be so much richer and connections can be so much deeper if we are willing to let others in.
“Unitedly we declare that the answers to racism, prejudice, discrimination and hate will not come from government or law enforcement alone. Solutions will come as we open our hearts to those whose lives are different than our own, as we work to build bonds of genuine friendship, and as we see each other as the brothers and sisters we are — for we are all children of a loving God.”
—Russell M. Nelson
You don’t have to be religious to gain inspiration from this third quote. The real focus of this quote is coming together and forming friendships and relationships by breaking down walls. It calls us to see people as they really are; their experiences, culture, the things that make them unique. If we were all the same life would be so boring. Instead let’s come together and make more of an effort to understand other viewpoints because that is where change is.
We hope these quotes have brought you some comfort or at the very least caused you to think differently about things. If you read these quotes and had thoughts you want to share, please do in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!