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Aphorisms For Informal Reflection
Some “sayings of the day”, circulated among NHS staff:
April 1st 2020:
“It costs nothing to be kind”.
April 2nd 2020:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference”. (Reinhold Niebuhr)
April 3rd 2020:
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. (Aesop)
April 4th 2020:
“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice”.
April 5th 2020:
“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours”.
April 6th 2020:
“Kind Hands, Kind Words, Kind Heart”.
April 7th 2020:
“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision”. (Winston Churchill)
April 8th 2020:
“Manners cost nothing but are priceless”.
April 9th 2020:
“Treat everyone how you wish to be treated”.
April 10th 2020:
“Also highly contagious is:
Kindness, Patience, Love, Enthusiasm and a Positive Attitude.
Don’t wait to catch it: BE THE CARRIER”.
April 11th 2020:
“When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars”. (Oscar Wilde)
April 12th 2020:
“A helping hand is just at the end of your sleeve”.
April 13th 2020:
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”. (14th Dalai Lama)
April 14th 2020:
“A smile is a smile in any language”.
April 15th 2020:
“There is no emergency in a pandemic… Do not go in without your PPE”. (Aaron Mishler)
April 16th 2020:
“Tough times do not last, tough people do”.
April 17th 2020:
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.
April 18th 2020:
“Smile and walk forward”.
April 19th 2020:
“Not every day is good, but there is good in everyday”.
April 20th 2020:
“You’re never fully dressed without your smile”.
April 21st 2020:
“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody!”.
April 22nd 2020:
“Don’t see a problem; see an opportunity for a solution and quality improvement”.
April 23rd 2020:
“After all of this is over, all that will matter is how we treated each other”.
April 24th 2020:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has”. (Margaret Mead)
April 25th 2020:
“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”.
April 26th 2020:
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it”. (Aneurin Bevan)
April 27th 2020:
“Take a step back if it all gets a little too much”.
April 28th 2020:
“Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance you must keep moving”. (Albert Einstein)
April 29th 2020:
“Out of darkness cometh light”.
April 30th 2020:
“The sun will shine on you again and the clouds will soon disappear!”. (Captain Tom Moore)
May 1st 2020:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. (Mahatma Gandhi)
May 2nd 2020:
“Worry often gives small things a big shadow”.
May 3rd 2020:
“Sunshine always follows the rain”.
May 4th 2020:
“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud”. (Maya Angelou)
May 5th 2020:
“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give, it starts with a kind thought, then a smile and then never ending, it is contagious”.
May 6th 2020:
“It doesn’t take much to be kind and caring to each other”.
May 7th 2020:
“Kind words are short and easy to speak; but their echoes are truly endless”. (Mother Teresa)
May 8th 2020:
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”.
May 9th 2020:
“If you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine”.
May 10th 2020:
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees”. (Amelia Earhart)
May 11th 2020:
“A smile is a curve that can set things straight”.
May 12th 2020:
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift – that’s why it is called the present”.
May 13th 2020:
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end”. (Scott Adams)
May 14th 2020:
“Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world but their world”.
May 15th 2020:
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver”. (Barbara De Angelis)
May 16th 2020:
“Remember to take care of yourself, you can’t pour from an empty cup”.
May 17th 2020:
“Look after each other with affection”.
May 18th 2020:
“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you”. (Misty Copeland)
May 19th 2020:
“A smile costs nothing but gives much”.
May 20th 2020:
“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder”.
May 21st 2020:
“We may not be able to alter the journey, but we can make sure no one walks it alone”. (Jeffrey R. Holland)
May 22nd 2020:
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever”. (Walt Disney)
May 23rd 2020:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. (Often attributed to Winston Churchill)
May 24th 2020:
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone”. (Shannon L. Alder)
May 25th 2020:
“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy”. (Marie Curie)
May 26th 2020:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning how to dance in the rain”. (Vivian Greene)
May 27th 2020:
“Sometimes we just all need to go outside and take a deep breath. If anyone asks, just say you are outstanding”.
May 28th 2020:
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”. (Theodore Roosevelt)
May 29th 2020:
“We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way”. (Michelle Obama)