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“There are far too many silent sufferers.  Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Perhaps, if you weren't so busy regarding my shortcomings, you'd find that I do possess redeeming qualities, discreet as they may be.  I notice when the sky is blue.  I smile down at children.  I laugh at any innocent attempt at humor.  I quietly carry the burdens of others as though they were my own.  And I say 'I'm sorry' when you don't.  I am not without fault, but I am not without goodness either.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear.”
Richelle Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher
“Don't ever give up.
Don't ever give in.
Don't ever stop trying.
Don't ever sell out.
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Eena, The Tempter's Snare
“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Never give up.
It's like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can't do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don't ever, ever, ever give up.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“While you judge me by my outward appearance I am silently doing the same to you, even though there's a ninety-percent chance that in both cases our assumptions are wrong.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action....no matter what.  So you're afraid? Be afraid.  Be scared silly to the point you're trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges.  That fact may not be obvious because most people don't advertise their woes and heartaches.  But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Nothing in this world compares to the comfort and security of having someone just hold your hand.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“All I ever wanted from you was to know that I was wanted by you.  That would have changed everything.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“To love is to accept a soul entirely, not wishing that the person was otherwise, nor hoping for change, nor clinging to some ideal past. To love is to cherish the individual standing before you presently―charms, quirks, and all. To love is to give someone a piece of your heart that you will never, ever reclaim.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Do it again.
Play it again. Sing it again. Read it again. Write it again. Sketch it again. Rehearse it again. Run it again. Try it again.
Because again is practice, and practice is improvement, and improvement only leads to perfection.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“What do you mean I have to wait for someone's approval?  I'm someone.  I approve.  So I give myself permission to move forward with my full support!”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“You were born and with you endless possibilities, very few ever to be realized.  It's okay.  Life was never about what you could do, but what you would do. ”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Without you there would be no me.
I am everything reflected in your eyes.
I am everything approved by your smile.
I am everything born of your guidance.
I am me only because of you.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“How often it is that we set ourselves in the high seat, judging others, not having read their book but merely having glimpsed the cover.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“One smile has the power to...
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“If you plan to build walls around me, know this—I will walk through them.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
“Be warned: A person content to sit with you and criticize others will speak critically of you out of earshot.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Gratitude doesn't change the scenery.  It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Don't underestimate the power of friendship. Those bonds are tight stitches that close up the holes you might otherwise fall through.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy.  If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so.”
richelle e. goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Walk with me for a while, my friend—you in my shoes, I in yours—and then let us talk.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“A session of boasting won't attract any real friends.  It will set you up on a pedestal, however, making you a clearer target.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country?  Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“Disappointment is really just a term for our refusal to look on the bright side.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
“I'm starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

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