Everyone feels a little lost at some point during their lives and it is at these times that we truly begin to question ourselves and the essence of existence. Many who have gone before us have had to wrestle with these same feelings and, luckily for us, they have passed on their wisdom.
Feeling lost is a perfectly normal thing; it is a sign that you are evolving as an individual in spirit and mind. If you are going through such a period in your life right now, these quotes are bound to help.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. – Henry David Thoreau
This is the first and most important lesson from all of the quotes featured here. It confirms that if we are to truly find ourselves and understand our place in this universe, we must first lose ourselves. So don’t give up if you’re feeling lost – it means you can now begin to discover yourself.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
All too often, we feel downbeat about our lives because they do not match our dreams and desires. In reality, you can plan, wish and hope all you like, but the only life you can lead is the one that’s right in front of you. So push your preconceptions to one side and open your eyes to the life that awaits you.
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere. – Michel de Montaigne
This quote reveals a harsh truth about life; that to stop feeling lost, we must find our calling. When you can visualize and realize your purpose in life, everything else falls into place.
You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one. – Bob Parsons
Following on nicely from the previous quote, here we are reminded that to discover our calling, we first have to work out what it is not. We must be prepared to get things wrong in order to finally find the one path that feels right.
If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts
If you ever needed a quote to push you into action, this is it. The message is clear and it is true: inaction will only ever keep you rooted in the place you are in now. To move forward, you must be brave and take that step.
The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. – Maimonides
If you’re worried about taking the wrong step, then let this quote be a lesson for you. As scary as it may seem to make the wrong decision, it is far worse to make no decision at all.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Unknown
Building upon the last two lessons, this quote takes us into the future and tells us just how much we might regret the things we didn’t do. It is the perfect motivation for those times when we err on the side of caution and forego taking any risks.
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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anaïs Nin
As if you needed more convincing that risks must sometimes be taken, this quote beautifully illustrates how resisting your transformation can actually cause you great spiritual pain.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. – Alan Alda
When you’re ready to take those steps into the unknown, remember to let your intuition guide you. It always has your best interests at heart and will steer you towards the places you need to go.
It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. – K.T. Jong
Don’t forget that to hear your intuition and to follow the call of life, you must make quiet the world around you. We live in an age of ceaseless stimulation and it drowns out the voices and the messages that we really ought to be listening to.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou
If there are aspects of your life that you don’t like, you have to be prepared to either change them altogether, or change the way you view them so that you can learn to accept them as they are.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything. – Sam Cawthorn
Tying in rather nicely with the previous quote, we are reminded that to truly enjoy life, you don’t have to be rich, famous, young, or healthy. If you seek the joy out of every situation, you can be more fulfilled and more content that most other people.
Man is almost mad—mad because he is seeking something which he has already got; mad because he’s not aware of who he is; mad because he hopes, desires and then ultimately, feels frustrated. Frustration is bound to be there because you cannot find yourself by seeking; you are already there. The seeking has to stop, the search has to drop. – Osho
It is because everything we ever need is already there within us that the lifestyle you lead, the wealth you have, and the things you experience play no role in how happy you are. When you realize this, you are no longer lost.
When all else is lost, the future still remains. – Christian Nestell Bovee
Always remember that whatever has come before and whatever you feel now, the future has yet to be. It doesn’t matter what catastrophes you’ve suffered or how lost you feel in the present moment, there is infinite potential in what comes next.
To be lost is as legitimate a part of your process as being found. – Alex Ebert
And so we end with a quote that is very similar to the one we started on, but the lesson is so important, it’s worth repeating. If you feel lost right now, don’t give up; this is an essential part of the process that every content person goes through before they find their place of peace.
If you could turn just one of these quotes into a poster and stick it on your wall, which one would it be? Leave a comment below to let us know.