Rayquotes #10

Happy Saturday, my friends. Here’s another batch of Rayquotes to inspire and make you think. These come to me, not out of my own wisdom, but from wisdom of the universe around us. They’re just moments of insight. May they speak to you today at just the right moment.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

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10 Courage Affirmations

Today’s quote:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
~ Anais Nin

Today I am featuring some affirmations on courage. We are human beings and our courage ebbs and flows based on how we feel in a given moment or based on situations. However, courage is a fire that can burn through fears and doubts, when activated. Each of us has a practically untapped reservoir of courage.

How does the shyest kid in the class suddenly commit an act of utter bravery to save his friends in battle? How does the single mother overcome all the reasons she shouldn’t succeed and succeed anyway? How does the business person have the courage put his or her idea out there in a world that shreds new ideas?

The answer is courage.

Here are few affirmations that I hope will tap your inner hero.

  1. I think from courage! I speak from courage! Today I act from courage!
  2. Today I am filled with the courage to be the person I came to the planet to be!
  3. I have the courage, wisdom, and strength to thrive no matter what today sends my way.
  4. If I must stand alone with my ideals, then SO BE IT!
  5. Today I run to where I have failed before to begin again.
  6. Today I courageously challenge my unknowns and reap big rewards!
  7. Today I have the courage to face up to the people and circumstances in my life.
  8. Even when life is tough, I am courageous!
  9. Breathing in, I feel my courage growing. Breathing out, act from a place of courage.
  10. Today I find the courage to love even when hating would be easier.

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

 

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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Courage Affirmations – The Affirmation Spot for Monday September 12, 2011

Today’s quote:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
~ Anais Nin

Today I am featuring some affirmations on courage. We are human beings and our courage ebbs and flows based on how we feel in a given moment or based on situations. However, courage is a fire that can burn through fears and doubts, when activated. Each of us has a practically untapped reservoir of courage.

How does the shyest kid in the class suddenly commit an act of utter bravery to save his friends in battle? How does the single mother overcome all the reasons she shouldn’t succeed and succeed anyway? How does the business person have the courage put his or her idea out there in a world that shreds new ideas?

The answer is courage.

Here are few affirmations that I hope will tap your inner hero.

  1. I think from courage! I speak from courage! Today I act from courage!
  2. Today I am filled with the courage to be the person I came to the planet to be!
  3. I have the courage, wisdom, and strength to thrive no matter what today sends my way.
  4. If I must stand alone with my ideals, then SO BE IT!
  5. Today I run to where I have failed before to begin again.
  6. Today I courageously challenge my unknowns and reap big rewards!
  7. Today I have the courage to face up to the people and circumstances in my life.
  8. Even when life is tough, I am courageous!
  9. Breathing in, I feel my courage growing. Breathing out, act from a place of courage.

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is author of the ebook The Power to Be You and the forthcoming The Power to Be You 2: 1001 Power Thoughts for Daily Life.

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Coming Out of the Dark – The Affirmation Spot for Monday November 15, 2010

Thought for today:

“We can easily forgive a child for being afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
~ Plato

Coming out of the dark….what a powerful, powerful metaphor!

It’s been 19 years since Gloria Estefan released “Coming Out of the Dark” – a powerful anthem with an even more powerful metaphor of walking from darkness to light. Many of you probably remember that Gloria was critically injured in a March 1990 bus accident, while on tour. Her 1991 album “Into the Light” and this single represented her return after a 10-month long recovery that included the placement of two titanium plates to support her spinal column and extensive physical therapy.

In January 1991, she debuted this song at The American Music Awards where she received a standing ovation both for the song and for her courageous comeback.

Ironically, 1990 was also the moment of truth in my life. Beginning in March of that year I spent two stints in the hospital totalling almost 11 weeks. I was admitted unable to eat, drink, or stand, and down to 96 pounds. I was writhing in pain and ready to leave this world. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease and was finally released from the hospital in late May. My life was in a shambles financially, emotionally, and physically.

I remember hearing this song for the first time and thinking it was speaking directly to what I was going through and, I assume, was Gloria was going through in her life. This song played a key role in my own comeback. It inspired and provided a methaphor for the new life I was creating.

I hope this amazing song brings inspiration and courage to you this Monday, as it has for me and millions of others for nearly two decades. Wherever you are today in your life there is a light can transform everything and you need only look within to find it.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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The Charge of the Light Brigade – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday July 25, 2009

Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

“Even amid adversity, I endeavor to succeed to the maximum extent of my abilities.”
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chargeIt’s strange how we are often intrigued by those things so opposite our personalities. If you’ve read this blog for very long or read much of my other writing, you probably know I am a harsh critic of war.

It is a barbaric means of settling differences for a species that longs to be deemed civilized. It distorts issues of right and wrong. It kills, maims, and otherwise ruins generations. It uses the exuberance and inexperience of young men and their desire for adventure against them. It fills their minds with visions of glory for the motherland, but not the costs associated with gaining it.

Worst of all, it is rarely even fought for the noble purposes used to justify and excuse it. More often it is fought for greedy profits and a thirst for power and glory. War is a toxic medicine that must be choked down with the sugar pills of patriotism, duty, and honor to convince the populace to ingest it. Bluntly, it almost never serves the interests of the people who actually fight and die in wars.

Yet, as a history major and history buff, war provides some of the most compelling stories in history. It pushes technologies forward, and forces us to challenge and confront our own inhumanity. In college, I read every about word ever written about General George S. Patton and many of the other generals of World War II. I’ve studied the strategies and personalities of nearly every Civil War battle. War, for all its evils, war intrigues.

From the time I was a small boy, one of my favorite poems has always been Alfred Lord Tennyson‘s “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.

The poem depicts a famous battle from the Crimean War (1853-1856) – Europe’s first true continental war. British commander Lord Cardigan led a disastrous charge of British Light cavalry against Russian defenses at the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854.

Tennyson immortalized the event with his famous poem. What I love about the poem – beyond its obvious references to war’s paradoxes of tragedy and heroics – is that it is a metaphor for life. Our life often seems to have metaphorical “cannon to the right, cannon to the left, cannon behind us”.

I hope you enjoy this and that you will draw strength from it for your own “battles”.

“The Charge of the Light Brigade”

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”