by Maria Sirois

“Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” —Elie Wiesel

As you prepare this morning and this moment to shift into a healthier life and into a happier being, surround yourself with the words that inspire you. Prime your walls with quotes, line your datebooks and wallets with the articles you never want to forget. Ping yourself through your own phone. Write them on your hands, your foreheads, and carve them into your hearts. Let the power of words work through you as lightening. The right words in the right moment attain the quality of deeds–they change your life like a visit from the beyond. Allow them to work on you and through you. Let the words that touch you, truly touch you. Here are the ones I carry with me today, from Marina Keegan, killed in a car accident one week after her graduation from Yale in 2012, “What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over … the notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical.” The notion that we are stuck forever in the life we are currently living is ludicrous. Every moment of every day is a choice. Find the words that ignite the power of choosing for you. Write them on your doorposts and your bathroom mirrors and know that any phrase that wakes you up is a gift as devoted and delighted as a spaniel bouncing at your feet as you head into your wild, blossoming life.

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Dr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, is the Vice President of Curriculum at Wholebeing Institute and an inspirational speaker, seminar leader, and author who has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for nearly 20 years. As a wellness guide, Maria has been invited to keynote throughout the country at conferences for wellness centers, hospitals, hospices, philanthropy, business, academic and corporate institutions, as well as for the general public. She has been called both a “true teacher” and “an orator of great power and beauty.” Her book, “Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness, was published in 2006.”