To ask for inspirational sign inspiration

(74 Posts)
Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 22:50:36

I've had a really really shit year. I'm now in my new house and mostly feeling optimistic and hopeful. I used to hate inspirational signs - but now feel I could really use one - something to hang by the front door as a little pep talk to myself.

However intried to find one yesterday and most made me hmm

Do you have one and what does it say?

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 22:51:56

*I tried

muminthecity Mon 15-Aug-16 22:55:52

I have an old Irish blessing on the inside of my front door, which I was given after my grandparents died. It had hung on the back of their door for decades. It says: "may the roads rise with you, and the wind be always at your back, and may the Lord hold you in the hollow of his hands."

It's probably not the sort of thing you're looking for, but it brings me comfort and makes me smile, despite the fact that I am an atheist! I guess that's because of the connection to my grandparents more than anything though.

Bellyrub1980 Mon 15-Aug-16 22:56:29

I hate these too. But I recently felt drawn towards one that said 'It's SO good to be home'. I always have that thought walking through the front door.

I cannot stand the lovey dovey ones. Especially the ones that just say random words like ' home love family trust smile laughter calm' etc

I have a little ornament with 'there's no set path, follow your heart' and it doesn't make me want to puke.

user1468407812 Mon 15-Aug-16 22:57:34

Stars can't shine without darkness. This quote resonates with me as I've just come through the toughest year having been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer last year aged 34. I love a feel good quote!

muminthecity Mon 15-Aug-16 22:57:46

Sorry, posted too soon. I meant to say are there any phrases/sayings that are personal to you? Something your parents/grandparents used to say for example? If so, you could get it printed on a poster or a sign.

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 22:59:58

I often think of somethings similar from a film mum (can I call you that?!) - similar but mentioned sun on your face (I liked it despite wondering if that would make you squint and be tiresome after half a mile)

Captainkanga Mon 15-Aug-16 23:00:55

I have one on my desk that says

The three things you need in life;
Someone to love
Something to do
Something to look forward to

Which keeps me focussed when things are a bit batshit crazy and I turn into a pessimistic drama queen.

Pigeonpost Mon 15-Aug-16 23:01:15

Inspirational signs aren't my thing at all but I went through a shitty time a few years ago and some friends gave me a sign saying "always believe that something wonderful is about to happen".

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 23:01:41

My granny would always quote poetry at me or old Scottish sayings. I should try to remember some of those.

Pigeonpost Mon 15-Aug-16 23:02:24

Oh and Etsy is worth a look. You can get some cool custom downloadable prints.

overthehillandroundthemountain Mon 15-Aug-16 23:03:04

Oh! Muminthecity you have just reminded me of something special! smile

We had an Irish family friend, Aunty X (where X was her name). She would bring me a little gift every time she visited my parents. Usually a piece of tat treasure from her house. One day she gave me a little green tray and it said something similar:

"May the roads rise to greet you, may the wind be always at your back, and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm [I think this one had?] of his hand"

The 7/8/9 year old 'me' was also atheist grin Still am, in fact, but it brought me so much joy. I loved that tray. THANK YOU for reminding me.

Treeclot I've been having a tough few weeks, too. My DD gave me a fortune cookie from a Chinese supermarket the other day, and it said this, which brings me comfort:

THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT

smile flowers

muminthecity Mon 15-Aug-16 23:03:26

Treeclot I think you're thinking of the film Blow?

George: May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face.
Fred Jung: And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.

I love their version too.

muminthecity Mon 15-Aug-16 23:04:59

Overthehill - you're welcome. I imagine there must be lots of different versions with the same lovely sentiment.

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 23:05:23

Oh I'm loving these! My house is going to be clanking with signs isnt it?

NoCapes Mon 15-Aug-16 23:05:28

I recently made a 'gallery wall' in DS's room with a mix of photos/pictures of things he likes/quotes etc
All the kids quotes I could find were a bit young for him so I just thought of some, chose a font I liked on word printed them out and framed them
Much more personal and they're little things I say to him/songs I sang to him as a baby/films we watch together etc so mean much more than a generic saying
Could you do that?

timelytess Mon 15-Aug-16 23:06:54

Hate them. But happened upon one in Asda that I had to bring home.
"Life is short/Break the rules/Forgive quickly/Kiss slowly/ Love truly/Laugh uncontrollably/and never regret anything that makes you smile."

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 23:07:12

Yes that's the film!

muminthecity Mon 15-Aug-16 23:10:41

Oh I just thought, some of my favourite quotes are from Dr. Seuss books. I have quite a few dotted around my classroom. There's a good list of some of the best ones here

Oh, the Places You'll Go is one of my favourite books of all time.

Oakmaiden Mon 15-Aug-16 23:18:49

How about a Gadhi quote: 'Be the change that you wish to see in the world.'

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 23:19:16

I've googled. I quite like "today's rain is tomorrow's whisky" except sounds a bit browbeaten and expecting rain every day.

Treeclot Mon 15-Aug-16 23:20:45

I might buy some fortune cookies tomorrow.

overthehillandroundthemountain Mon 15-Aug-16 23:22:53

I have a document called 'survival' where I collect these. Here are a few I've stumbled across on here:

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
- Carl Jung

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Captainkanga Mon 15-Aug-16 23:23:38

Also these extracts from Invictus which make me want to kick ass and cry at their loveliness simultaneously;

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Thingmcthingyface Mon 15-Aug-16 23:27:58

Don't eat yellow snow?

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