|About the presenter: Judy Kuster, M.S. in speech-language pathology and M.S. in counseling, is an associate professor in Communication Disorders at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is well-published in Internet resources and has presented at state, national and international conferences. She is the webmaster for Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences and the Stuttering Home Page as well as the coordinator of this online conference. She holds Specialty Recognition in Stuttering and is a member of the Division #4 Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She is a member of the National Stuttering Association, the International Fluency Association and the International Stuttering Association.|
Although short "inspirational" sayings can be seen as trite or trying to offer simplistic, quick and easy advice, they can also carry important messages for adults and children that connect with them. Woody Starkweather shared. "I think these little sayings can play a powerful role in recovery from stuttering; they let the stutterer keep a simple idea in mind while going about the rest of life's business." (personal correspondence).
The inspiration for this paper came from an email sent to me by a friend who stutters, which obviously relates to risk taking -- something that we talk about in therapy.
I then posted a message to some discussion forums I subscribe to on the Internet, asking people to share inspirational sayings that they really liked. This "paper" consists of a collection of several sayings that were shared as "significant sayings" by people who stutter. Some are appropriate for anyone, including children. Others will have more meaning to adults and teens. Several are posted in various colored fonts. Making these is very easy to do with any word program. Perhaps those reading this paper will produce some for themselves from the inspirational sayings below.
A friend from England wrote, "My favorite ones mostly come from John 'Scatman' Larkin because I was a teen at the time. Here's a selection [of what he shared with me] that I dug out from old emails, phone calls and his lyrics that really cheered me up at the time (and still do -- almost a decade later)."
Follow the path of honesty and an open heart, and wonderful things will happen. You can be sure of that.
Take charge of your life's direction -- it's the bravest thing a human being can do.
Take it easy, you can slow down the pace . . . nobody ever won the human race.
Do things FOR yourself, but not BY yourself.
You can't be brave unless you're scared.
The world is like a mirror: frown at it and it frowns at you; smile at it and it smiles too.
The past is history. The future is a mystery. Now is a gift. That's why it's called The Present. (Loretta LaRoche)
Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes.
The brook would lose its song if we removed the rocks.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. (William Faulkner)
With Each New Day Comes An Opportunity For A New Beginning
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. (Charles Austin Beard)
Truth is a globe and a man sees only that part of it upon which, for him the light shines..
We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terribly loyalty. (G.K. Chesterton)
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. (Henry David Thoreau)
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take you eyes off your goal. Henry Ford
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist see the opportunity in every difficult. (Winston Churchill)
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. (Thomas Jefferson)
Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before. (Eleanor Roosevelt).
We are, each of us, an angel with only one wing; we can only fly by embracing each other. (Luciano de Crescenzo)
Take it easy. Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. (From "Take It Easy" by The Eagles).
If I hide myself wherever I go, am I ever really there?
Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. . . The right time is now yours. The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have. (Henry James)
Change is like the wind. Fight it and it will sting you. Harness it and you can fly.
There is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves, and there is nothing which brings us greater joy and happiness than to think, to feel or to say what is ours." (Erich Fromm)
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot. (Robert Townsend)
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. (Theodore Roosevelt)
One man with courage makes a majority. (Andrew Jackson)
Security is mostly a superstition. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. (Helen Keller)
Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans... ( John Lennon)
There may be many explanations, however there is only one description.
The key to a better future is you.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. (Ambrose Redmoon)
Courage is about the management of fear, not the absence of fear. (Rudy Giuliani)
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. (Oscar Wilde)
To thine own self be true. (Shakespeare)
God, grant me the courage to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (This is known as the "Serenity Prayer." Read the Serenity Prayer in your own native language -- from http://www.aahistory.com/prayer.html, with permission)
A Dutch saying -- "Je moet roejen met de riemen die je heb," which is literally "You have to row with the oars you have," something like "you have to play the cards you are dealt."
A German saying -- "Wie der Ochs vor'm Berg," which is literally "Like the ox in front of the mountain," something like "He's standing still and not doing anything."
A German saying -- "Das haengt mir zum Hals raus!" which is literally "That hangs out of my throat!" something like "I've had enough of that!"
A Spanish saying -- "Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos" with is literally "Faces we see, hearts we don't know" something like, "You can't judge a book by the cover."
A Spanish saying -- "Con estos bueyes hay que arar," which is literally "With these burros one must plough" something like "You have to 'make do' with what you have."
A Spanish saying -- "Si mi tia tuviera ruedas, serķa una bicicleta" which is literally "If my aunt had wheels she would be a bicycle" something like "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."
Mandarin Chinese saying -- Bu Ru Hu Xue, Yan De Hu Ze which is literally "How can (we) retrieve the baby tiger without going into the tiger's nest?" something like Great Rewards usually require a great degree of risk
Mandarin Chinese saying -- Ton Zhou Gon Ji which is literally "Work together on the same Boat" - Used to describe a situation where team members really help each other out in a difficult situation.
Japanese saying -- Chiri mo Tsumoreba Yama to Naru Little things add up; "Mountains are made from grains of sand." Small efforts, when accumulated, bring great success
Japanese saying -- Korogaru Ishi ni Koke Musazu Perseverance pays off; patience is a virtue.
Readers are invited to post their own inspirational sayings on the threaded discussion. They may be posted in any language before October 22, 2004, but an English translation is appreciated. Although sayings for adults who stutter are welcome, most should also be sayings that are appropriate to the intent of this conference - for kids and teens who stutter. An excellent website to explore for additional motivational/inspirational quotations is
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