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Using Quotes to Learn Mindfulness – A Functional Rustic Approach

Originally published March 8, 2018. Updated August 15, 2018.

I’m always amazed how I can read the same quote at different points in my life and have a completely different interpretation of it. Let’s use this Marilyn Monroe quote as an example:

“She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.”

She was a girl who knew how to be happy
She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.

At different times in my life this quote holds different meanings. After my brother killed himself I was devastated. It took all my energy not to cry every moment of the day. This went on for months, years. I had to make a concerted effort to appear happy, or at least not a sobbing shell of a human. At that time in my life, this quote made me feel proud of the fact that I was able to look “normal” when I was experiencing intense grief. I thought that by looking and acting like I was ok that I would start to be ok. If I pretended to be happy I might eventually feel happiness again.

Later in life, this quote found meaning for me in regards to dating. My boyfriend and I were fighting about something before we had to go a wedding together. I didn’t want friends at the wedding to know we were fighting and was considering just not attending at all. Feeling upset I turn to my quotes and come across this one. On this day, the quote reminded me that I should not avoid an event I want to attend simply because someone I don’t like at the moment is there. This quote reminded me that I can still participate in happy events even if I am not feeling happy at that moment.

Fast forward to today and the quote means something else. Today I read this quote and am reminded that it is important to realize that you can be happy and sad at the same time. Twelve years have passed since Andrew’s suicide and I’m still in pain grieving for him – but now I’m also happy and passionate about countless other things. I’m not less sad per se, but I am ALSO happy. I used to think I had to be one or the other. The quote also reminds me that I am not defined by my feelings. I am not a sad person, a happy person, an anxious person – I am a person and I have a wide range of feelings that happen at the same time.

In each chapter of my life the same words had different meanings for me. As I changed – so did my perspective. This is what I love about collecting quotations. Of course they can be inspiring and motivational – but looking now at quotes I collected a decade ago I am fascinated by how differently the words impact me.

As a woman in recovery – mental health, addiction – it is imperative that I remain mindful of the thoughts I’m having and how they impact my behavior. The words I read and hear have immense impact on my thinking and actions. I need to remain cognizant of what I expose myself to and how I respond to it.

That is why I collect and share quotations on Functional Rustic. My quotes provide me with the mindset I need to start each day. I read them every morning until I feel motivated. Sometimes it just takes one or two – sometimes I’m reading hundreds. However, this habit of reading intentionally positive content first thing in the day has been instrumental in developing healthier behaviors.

Lesson of the Day: What you see is determined by what you look for.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 11.8.18

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  1. To the girl I was then: I forgive you.
To the girl I was then I forgive you.
To the girl I was then: I forgive you.

2. To love at all is to be vulnerable.

To love at all is to be vulnerable.
To love at all is to be vulnerable.

3. If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.

If you dont want anyone to find out...dont do it.
If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.

 

4. To quote Hamlet Act III, Scene III, Live 87 – “No”

To quote Hamlet Act III scene III Line 87 - No.
To quote Hamlet Act III, Scene III, Live 87 – “No”

5. If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.

If you believe it will owrk out you will see opportunities....
If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.



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6. To finally move on and start something new, you must release the unchangeable past and embrace your future.

To finally move on and start something new. You must release the unchangeable past and embrace your future.
To finally move on and start something new, you must release the unchangeable past and embrace your future.

7. If you can’t explain it to a six year old you don’t understand it yourself.

If you cant explain it to a six year old you dont understand it yourself.
If you can’t explain it to a six year old you don’t understand it yourself.

8. If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.

If you are searching for thta one person that will change your life....
If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.

 

 

9. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

10. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.

If you dont stand for something you will fall for anything.
If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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How “Quotes” have a positive effect on mental health — Mental Wh;plash

I am a fan of quotes. I like to use them as a reinforcement life tool. You can read all the quotes you want, but if you don’t use them to your benefit (applying them to life), they will not do you much good. Quotes are everywhere in social media. So how can a quote […]

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 9.10.18

10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic Every Week Day Morning.

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  1. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
Change is hard at first, messy in the....
Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

2. A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

A work of art which did not begin...
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

3. She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.

She was a girl who knew how to be happy
She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.

4. You don’t build a business, you build people. And then people build the business.

You dont build a business
You don’t build a business, you build people. And then people build the business.

5. The sun is up. The sky is blue. It’s beautiful & so are you.

The sun is up the sky is blue...
The sun is up. The sky is blue. It’s beautiful & so are you.

6. I like who I’m becoming a lot.

I like who I'm becoming a lot
I like who I’m becoming a lot.

7. The most beautiful thing I have ever seen is a compassionate human being.

The most beautiful thing I hve ever seen is....
The most beautiful thing I have ever seen is a compassionate human being.

8. It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself & to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.

It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself & to make your happiness a priority. It's necessary.
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself & to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.

9. Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.

Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.
Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.

10. If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic 8.1.18

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. Life, I love you.
Life, I love you.
Life, I love you.

2. There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.

There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything
There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.

3. Please have a good day. and a great week. and just a wonderful life in general.

Please have a good day and a great week and just....
Please have a good day. and a great week. and just a wonderful life in general.

4. Today, remember it’s completely ok to not be perfect! You are who you are…And that’s beautiful, one of a kind, wonderful you!

Today, remember it's completely ok to not be perfect...
Today, remember it’s completely ok to not be perfect! You are who you are…And that’s beautiful, one of a kind, wonderful you!

5. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

The best portion of your life will be the small
The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

6. The sun is up the sky is blue. It’s beautiful and so are you.

The sun is up the sky is blue...
The sun is up the sky is blue. It’s beautiful and so are you.

7. She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.

She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her
She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.

8. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

9. Take your pleasure seriously.

Take your pleasure seriously
Take your pleasure seriously.

10. Listen.

listen.
Listen.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic
10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. 

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Protect your peace.
Protect your peace
Protect your peace.

2. I am not a product f my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.

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I am not a product f my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.

 

3. You are only human. You don’t have to have it together every minute of every day.

You are only human. You dont have to....
You are only human. You don’t have to have it together every minute of every day.

4. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

5. She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

She wore a smile like a loaded gun
She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

6. Behind every successful woman is herself.

Behind every successful woman is herself.
Behind every successful woman is herself.

7. The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

The sign of a beautiful person is that they always...
The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

8. If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.

If you cant stop thinking about it...
If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.

9. Don’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.

Dont be in such a rush to figure everything out
Don’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.

10. The first step to change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

The first step of change is to become aware of...
The first step to change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 7.31.18

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10 Inspirational Quotations from Functional Rustic
  1. You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

2. When you seek beauty in all people and all things you will not only find it you will become it.

When you seek beauty in all people and all things....
When you seek beauty in all people and all things you will not only find it you will become it.

3. No. is a full sentence.

No. is a full sentance.
No. is a full sentence.

4. Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

Never miss an opportunity to show your love

5. She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

She wore a smile like a loaded gun
She wore a smile like a loaded gun.

6. You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.

You are personally responsible for becoming more....
You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.

7. You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

You've always had the power my dear...
You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

8. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

9. You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.

You don't know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.
You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.

10. Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.

Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown
Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic 7.30.18

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  1. It feels good to be lost in the right direction.
It feels good to be lost in the right direction.
It feels good to be lost in the right direction.

2. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

3. Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

Never miss an opportunity to show your love
Never miss an opportunity to show your love.

4. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

5. You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

You cant change what you refuse to confront
You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

6. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments....
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

7. The beautiful thing about fear is, when you run to it, it runs away.

The beautiful thing about fears is
The beautiful thing about fear is, when you run to it, it runs away.

8. The unexpected moment is always sweeter.

The unexpected moment is always sweeter
The unexpected moment is always sweeter.

9. Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

10. etc. end of thinking capacity.

etc. end of thinking capacity
etc. end of thinking capacity

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic 7.27.18

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10 Motivational Quotes from Functional Rustic.
  1. Peace begins with a smile.
Peace begins with a smile
Peace begins with a smile.

2. People are people and sometimes we change our minds.

People are people and sometimes we change our minds.
People are people and sometimes we change our minds.

3. The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

The sign of a beautiful person is that they always...
The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

4. The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

The first step of change is to become aware of...
The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

5. What is coming is better than what is gone.

What is coming is better than what is gone
What is coming is better than what is gone.

6. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone.

You alone are enough. You have nothing to pove...
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone.

7. That was the day she made herself the promise to live more from intention and less from habit.

That was the day she made herself the promise to....
That was the day she made herself the promise to live more from .intention and less from habit.

8. I don’t think there’s an artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.

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I don’t think there’s an artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.

9. There is no limit to how radiant, alive and irresistible you can be.

There is no limit to how radiant, alive and...
There is no limit to how radiant, alive and irresistible you can be.

10. Please let me be the person my dog thinks I am.

Please let me be the person my dog thinks I am
Please let me be the person my dog thinks I am.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 7.26.18

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic
  1. Be bold or italic. Never just regular.
Be bold or italic. Never just regular.
Be bold or italic. Never just regular.

2. People who shine from within don’t need the spotlight.

People who shine from within dont need the spotlight
People who shine from within don’t need the spotlight.

3. She sparkles like sunshine.

She sparkles like sunshine
She sparkles like sunshine.

4. Your future begins with your next thought.

Your future begins with your next thought
Your future begins with your next thought.

5. Fight for the fairy tale. It does exist.

Fight for the fairy tale it does exist
Fight for the fairy tale. It does exist.

6. Be the type of person that you want to meet.

Be the type of person that you want to meet
Be the type of person that you want to meet.

7. You are the painter of your own mood and your days are only as grey as you allow them to be.

You are the painter of your own mood and ...
You are the painter of your own mood and your days are only as grey as you allow them to be.

8. Make it your duty to know yourself. To explore all of your dark corners. To uncover every fear and flaw. If you know where you are weakest, then those who wish you harm will find it much harder to hurt you.

Make it your duty to know yourself.
Make it your duty to know yourself. To explore all of your dark corners. To uncover every fear and flaw. If you know where you are weakest, then those who wish you harm will find it much harder to hurt you.

9. Watch carefully, the magic occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.

Watch carefully the magic that ocurrs when
Watch carefully, the magic occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.

10. Talk with people who make you see the world differently.

Talk with people who make you see the world differently
Talk with people who make you see the world differently.

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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