10 Powerful Quotes & Questions to Cultivate Joy & Well-Being
I’ve gathered ten of the most thought-provoking and transformational quotes and writing prompts contained in Judy Shafarman’s book “Journal: 365+ writing prompts, ideas and quotes to cultivate joy and well-being” to share with you today.
I also provided some additional insights and questions for you to gain the most value out of this post and journaling experience. I hope you enjoy!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do” – Mark Twain
A dream of mine is to….
Listen Ma, time goes by so fast! Our time on earth is incredibly limited and so fucking precious, and I don’t want you to be one of those people wishing they would’ve did more with their life.
Because of that, I really hope you take your time with these questions and prompts so that you can start to live a more intentional life that you can look back on feeling fulfilled and grateful.
Some additional questions to journal on are:
“What do I want to be able to say about myself and my life when it comes time for me to transition?”
“What do I want to achieve in this lifetime?”
“What dream am I holding back from right now, and how can I take action on that dream today?”
“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby” – Ruth E. Renkel
Okay, let’s do an interview. Self, what’s your deepest fear? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? How would you live if you knew you couldn’t fail? How would you live if you won the lottery? Why aren’t you living closer to that reality now?
I think one of those most powerful questions one could ask is “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” What if there was no such thing as failure? What if you were to see failures as stepping stones guiding you on your way to a more aligned life? Just a thought.
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you” – Carl Sandburg.
My time is valuable, I can reallocate it or cherish it by nurturing my well-being.
Like I’ve said before, your time is very limited (hence, incredibly valuable).
So, let me ask you this, how are you spending your time?
Are you spending your time in a way that serves you and your big dreams?
Or do you often find yourself dwelling in negative emotions, feeding your energy into things that don’t serve you or doing things that you don’t even like or even hate?
How can you shift this? How can you begin to spend your time in ways that do serve you?
“We are all teachers and students to each other, and we are never finished in either role”
– Lee L. Jampolsky
Who and what can I teach this week?
I want you to really feel into this question as it also has the power to help you in discovering your purpose and ways that you might want to serve others.
What are your passions?
What do you talk about with pure joy and excitement?
What comes naturally for you and how can you share your experience and knowledge with others in a way that will support them and you?
“I have noticed that folks are generally about as happy as they make up their minds to be” – Abraham Lincoln
How busy has my mind been? How busy do I want it to be?
What came up for me when reading this is:
Where are you focusing your energy? Like, what thoughts are you focusing your energy on?
If you want to be more happy, what things & thoughts can you let go of?
What things can you do to cultivate more happiness in your life?
“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should” -Max Ehrmann
What “unfolding” of the Universe is taking more time than I wish it would? Am I doing my part to achieve the desired ends?
I feel Judy provided the perfect writing prompt for this quote.
The only thing I would have you do is to consider if you have any inner conflicts as to what you desire.
Like, when you think about really living out your dreams, what comes up for you? Any resistance or opposing thoughts that could be keeping you from fulfilling that desire?
For an example, do you think things like “I don’t deserve it” or “If I have this… then this will happen and I don’t want that”, just something to explore.
“One bulb at a time. There was no other way to do it. No shortcuts--- simply loving the slow process of planting. Loving the work as it unfolded, loving an achievement that grew slowly and bloomed for only three weeks each year” – Jaroldeen Asplund Edward
What can I plant this season and have the patience to let it grow in it’s own time?
This is as real as it gets. You’ve thought about your big dream, now it’s time to think about building the foundation of that dream and the steps that it’s going to take to take to bring that big vision to full fruition.
A good exercise for this is to imagine yourself already living out your dream and think about what it took for you to get there. Where did you start? What people, things or habits did you need to let go of? What ones did you need to create?
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin
When I ______________, I can blossom. When specifically, and how can I flourish more in what I love?
I want you to think about what makes you feel alive and vibrant and full of life?
How can you incorporate more of that into your life?
Fun Art Journal Prompt:
Paint your higher-self blossoming out of a flower (anyone that speaks to your soul) and then begin to paint/draw beautiful things all around you that reflect your new way of being.
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet”
– James Oppenheim
How much of my future happiness do I need to plan for and how much can I simply be in and with the present? What are my priorities?
Listen, I get it. It isn’t always easy to be in the present. Especially if you’re a huge dreamer like me and have all these ideas of what you want to do, see and create.
But we will only ever physically be in the present moment, so it’s important to have practices or rituals that bring us back into our bodies and back into these very moments.
It’s also important to be grateful for all that we have right where we are, in this very moment. This will without a doubt lead to more things to be happy and grateful for.
“To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than him who begs his daily bread” – Charles Caleb Colton
Who in all my life have I ever blamed for my discontent? Have I fully taken my power back and away from that person or those people?
You may not be responsible for what has happened to you. But you are absolutely responsible for how you choose to cope with things and move beyond them.
The truth is, we’ve all been through some shit. And we can either play the blame game or we can change the game and create a new reality for ourselves.
The fact of the matter is, you’re in control of your destiny and you’re responsible for every single decision that you make.
If you liked the quotes and writing prompts here, you can check out her book here where you’ll find 300+ quotes and prompts to support you on your transformational journey.
Also, I would love to hear from you! Did any of these quotes, prompts or insights spark something within you? What was your experience with them? Is there any insights you would add? Let me know in the comments and feel free to share your website & blog if you have one, so I can return the love.