• Kaye Curren

10 Inspirations to Move You Forward

I can’t imagine who better to inspire us for moving on when life seems impossible than women who we look up to for their tenacity and their obvious overcoming skills. Here are inspirational quotes from prominent women who have overcome major obstacles in their lives. I’ve added a thought of my own to each wise saying. I hope you find both their comments and my thoughts helpful.

1. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou. I cannot emphasize enough that, for me, one day at a time really worked.

2. “Holding on is believing there’s only a past; letting go is knowing there is a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma. Clinging to the past may be the toughest thing to overcome. In order to move on, I had to see the positives in my life and keep hoping for my best future.

3. “Don’t mourn over your bad decisions. Just start overcoming them with good ones.” – Joyce Meyer. I found I had to take responsibility for making certain poor decisions and then forgive myself for making them.

4. “There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.” – Jennifer Aniston. Well, regrets are hard to get rid of. It takes time. Focusing on positive outcomes helped me.

5. “No motive is pure. No one is good or bad, but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.” – Carrie Fisher. In hindsight, over time, I came to realize I was only human and so were those who hurt me.

6. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron. This took a long time for me because I have a little Irish martyrdom in my background, but I finally decided I deserved to be happy too.

7. “It’s never too late- never too late to change your life, never too late to be happy.” – Jane Fonda. Amen, Jane.

8. “There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.”– Phylicia Rashad. As I kept on moving in life, I found more understanding of who I was. With that, my next choices fit me better.

9. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey. Again, hindsight. Over time I saw how life has made me a stronger and wiser woman and certainly more confident.

10. “My friend, the dear Princess Leia said: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.” – Meryl Streep. And this I have done with two book-length memoirs and numerous essays. Enough time has gone by that I can even write humorously of the past. Write your memoir, put your pain into a painting, read, read, read what others have done to overcome the impossible.

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