ADAGES OF INSPIRATION – how to put them to work

Adages are sayings and proverbs that can act as our private muses in our lives, meaning that these words of inspiration permit us to be absorbed in temporary thought s in a questioning or affirming way. Adages bring about our hopes and remind us of our faith because they reinforce our most positive character beliefs.  When we come across a saying that speaks to us, it is because it reflects ideas that are already a part of our own philosophy to begin with.  We know this, because, when we read an adage that appeals to us, we are instantly touched by the words, they carry with them a familiar quality, one that rings true for us in a dreamy, abstract or concrete way.

Adages are not sole perspectives of one individual, they are a string of cohesive thoughts of many others that have been shared, refined and resubmitted for our contemplation, time and time again.  Like a muse, they arrive at our doorstep, delivered to us when we are the most open to receiving the profound messages they contain, and even though, they are not announced by us, they serve as a channel of unified communication, composed of elements that form a common consensus that we quickly embrace and recognize as our own, providing support when we need it the most. In a sense, we could say that, adages are an amalgamation of all of our spirits and what is most holy in us, collectively. These are thoughts that tenderly resonate with us, like gentle sound waves that flow into our inner consciousness and tap into the intellect of our deepest emotions.

They have the power to reach us despite all the protective barriers that we construct when we have to handle the hardships in our lives.

These tailored sayings contain more than meets the eye, they may appear at first as just random quotes, but for those of us who know how to work them for maximum usage, they have the potential to provide us with an entire treasure chest of golden rules.  Adages are keys capable of unlocking doors that will unleash our inner wisdom; they are intended to reinforce our most sensible perspectives.  The very act of pondering an adage invites us to enter into a mental vortex that many profound thinkers have also been caught up in while assessing many of the same ideas for themselves.  Not all adages are equal; some are more valuable to us personally, than others, but none are worthless, because each wise saying contains a certain element of greater insight that is right around the corner as all of our thoughts are parts of a more universal conversation.

As we are all works in progress, our conjectural summations of adages vary after debating what is of ultimate relevance to us at any one given time.  Adages are the greatest of all of our natural resources, if only because, they become more valuable as we use them. They serve as building blocks to reinforce our resilience in troubled situations and the need for these inspiring materials becomes more urgent.

The inspiration for this blog came from a random find of a little pamphlet I have had for years by one of my favorite national speakers, Zig Ziglar’s Little Book of Quotes.  It always amazes me whenever I give it a read, that a mere 27 pages can contain so much significance, his notions of life are priceless because they offer us a chance to take greater charge of our lives.  Mr. Ziglar became world-renowned as his client list developed from some of the most notable figures of American and global entities.  He worked with Generals like Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf, presidents Reagan and Bush and religious leaders like Dr. Robert Schuller.

Here are just a few of my very favorites from Zig  

“Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.”

“When someone we love is having difficulty and is giving us a hard time, it’s better to explore the cause than to criticize the action.” “Money will buy you a bed, but not a good night’s sleep a house but not a home, a companion but not a friend.” “You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best you in existence.” “Everyone says that they want to be free. Take the train off the tracks and it’s free-but it can’t go anywhere.” “Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.” “Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.” “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” “Success is one thing you can’t pay for. You buy it on the installment plan and make payments every day. “ “Remember there is plenty of room at the top but not enough – to sit down.” Like many others who have experienced many different facets of life, some positive and some negative, I grew up Ziglar, and in so doing; I have a good understanding of the possibility of things desired and the inclination to move toward what my heart yearns to see happen the most.

One thing I learned from my exposure to Zig’s wisdom is that buying a ticket to ride on life’s train is no guarantee that one will ever depart the station.  One must get on board, knowing that regardless of the journey, or the unexpected change in destination, remaining steadfast in one’s seat is the only way one can truly experience the ride of one’s life. References Ziglar, Z., Little Book of Big Quotes.


Ziglar, Z., Little Book of Big Quotes

Zig Ziglar’s Biography

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About Victoria Rayner

Overview Feature writer, past member of Washington DC's Independent Writers Association & career columnist. An educational pioneer responsible for visionary vocational training concepts in health-care and in the beauty field intended to prepare licensed medical professionals and clinically-certified appearance specialists (ie; estheticians & cosmetologists) to work side-by-side providing patients with disfigurements and chronic skin conditions cross-caregiving services to assist them with options to normalize their appearance. Author of "Clinical Cosmetology" A Medical Approach to Esthetic Procedures, the "Survival Guide for Today's Career Women", Contributing author of medical textbook chapters and numerous articles on related topics in medical and skin care trade, nursing and physician journals as well as woman's magazines. Professional Speaker, Lifestyle Expert and women's advocate - author of The Career Woman's Survival Guide. Specializing on topics pertaining to empowerment of women, improved relationships, business and career strategies and development. Entrepreneur / Adult post-secondary educator / Coursework author for three decades & subject of biography "Rising To The Top" with real-life accounts of the successful careers of professionals who realized their dreams by creating opportunities for success for others and facilitator of discussion groups for woman's issues
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