Take a Mental Vacation

The Importance of Perspective Framed Motivational Poster

The Importance of Perspective Framed Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

It’s easy to lose sight of the greater goal when we get caught up in the details. Step forward to survey the broader landscape, however, and we discover a renewed focus and a clear direction.

Take a Mental Vacation

Palm fronds open like eyelashes and through them we see a paradisiacal beach complete with pale sand, turquoise water and cloud puffs floating in a deep blue sky. We can imagine treasures pushed up onto the beach by frothy ocean fingers – whelks, olives, cat’s paws and conchs – as well as friendly fauna swimming in the shallows.

Taking a quick “mental vacation” when stressed can be very calming. That’s why soothing images in offices and homes are so popular. Seeing a beautiful scene breaks the chain of anxiety and puts everything into perspective. Perhaps reading the above descriptive paragraph has already begun to have a calming effect on you.

Even when you can’t physically remove yourself from a stressful or difficult situation, you can look at a beautiful picture or close your eyes and imagine a peaceful scene. If closing your eyes just isn’t possible, layer the imaginative scene over what you’re actually viewing (a bland cubicle wall, your angry boss) much like the “pretend everyone is in their underwear” protocol when you’re giving a speech.

This is such a simple solution to an age-old problem, it doesn’t seem like it would actually work. But you’d be surprised how quickly a tranquil image can dissipate negative feelings.

The next time you feel pressured from every conceivable angle, try taking time out for a “mental vacation.” You don’t even need to bring sunscreen!

See our Essence Of… and Lifescapes motivational posters to “de-stressify” (yes, I made up that word) your rooms.

Can’t fit a picture on the wall? How about a desk-sized print?

Desk too cluttered? How about a motivational coffee mug covered with beautiful imagery?

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Dare to Dream

Imagine Alpine Castle Framed Motivational Poster
Imagine Alpine Castle Framed Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

When we envision the extraordinary, we lay the foundation for our wildest dreams.

Dare to Dream

Have you ever felt so inspired by someone or something that it fueled your imagination to undertake an extraordinary project or head wholeheartedly in a new direction? While many of us find inspiration all around us, not all of us act on that inspiration. King Ludwig II of Bavaria, however, did – with the clear goal of achieving a very particular dream.

As a child, Ludwig was introduced to the legend of Lohengrin, a knight of King Arthur’s court, through the dramatic murals featured throughout his father’s castle. His interest in the legend grew to epic proportions later when he attended a 1861 performance of Richard Wagner’s classic opera based on the story. Enthralled by Wagner’s presentation of the legend, King Ludwig set off on a mission to create a castle “in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles.”

In creating Neuschwanstein, Ludwig went to amazing lengths to incorporate his fascination with medieval knighthood and the works of Richard Wagner.

Nearly all of Wagner’s operas are depicted in some way (tapestries, murals, carvings, etc.) throughout the castle.

Several rooms were specifically designed to accommodate opera performances.

The art and architecture in every room and corridor reflect the German mythology that formed the basis of Wagner’s operas.

One of the castle’s more unusual rooms, “The Grotto,” is an incredibly convincing replica of a cave complete with stalactites and a waterfall. The Grotto was inspired by a cave from Wagner’s opera, “Tannhäuser.”

Lugwig’s unique plans also included a “Knights’ Bath,” reminiscent of the ritual bath used by Arthur’s knights.

As for modern conveniences, Neuschwanstein boasts forced-air heating, indoor plumbing and tight-fitting, steel framed windows.

What began as an extravagant dream has since become one of the most recognizable “residences” in the world (just take a look at the Disney castle and you’ll see why). By acting on the inspiration that fired his imagination, King Ludwig was able to fulfill one of his greatest dreams. Take a cue from King Ludwig and, the next time you find yourself inspired, act on it. Dare to dream!

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A Tale of Wisdom

Wisdom Tree Framed Motivational P

Wisdom Tree Framed Motivational P

Motivational Quote:

The years reward dedication and courage with a depth and strength of character few will ever know.

A Tale of Wisdom

There is a story, long told, about a Tree of Sorrows. I’ve heard it told many ways and this is the way I picture the telling:

There was a large tree with long, extending branches and sparse leaves. The tree grew in a special place that drew pilgrims from all over the world to it.

People went to the tree to unburden themselves from their worst sorrow by writing that sorrow down on a piece of white silk and tying it to one of the tree branches. Each person immediately felt an incredible sense of relief as they did this.

There was only one catch. If you left a sorrow, you also had to take a sorrow.

So people were always milling about the tree afterwards, reading all the other sorrows. Through the special qualities of the tree, everyone could read the sorrows even though they were written in different languages. This took a while, and also made each person realize that everyone had sorrows.

In the end, each person took back their own sorrow because it always seemed better than all the others.

The End

As we mature, we can choose to become grateful for what constitutes our journey. This life we have is precious and unique – only we can live it out – with all of its joys and sorrows.

Sip from one of our inspirational ceramic mugs and tell your own story.

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A Real Team

Collaborate Grove Motivational Poster

Collaborate Grove Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

To stand apart from the competition, you must first stand together as a team.

A Real Team

A team can exist in name only, but not function properly together. Such was the case of Curtis High School’s soccer team back before coach Joyce Simonson took over. At this tough Staten Island school, the soccer team was made up of individuals from Egypt, Honduras, Pakistan, Mexico, Poland, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Jamaica and other countries – places where kids know how to play soccer from an early age. Yet this team had never had a winning season.

The problem? Each person played as an individual. The boy’s didn’t even know each other’s names – and didn’t want to know. And to these boys, a female coach seemed to be an additional insult. But even though Joyce Simonson was in her late forties and didn’t know a lick about soccer – or coaching – she was determined to make this conglomeration of bad attitudes into a cohesive team.

Her dedication paid off as the team began winning games, but more importantly, began forging friendships with one another. And Joyce really cared. She was like a second mom (she even became the legal guardian of one of her players, a West African boy escaping civil war).

The team gradually became a unit, a smoothly oiled machine that made it to the playoffs. Did they win the league championship? No. But they did win. And so did Coach Simonson. Twenty years later, she’s still coaching.

Read the full story: Call Me Coach.

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Rise Above

Rise Above Lily Pads Motivational Poster

Rise Above Lily Pads Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

It is attitude, not circumstance, that makes success possible in even the most unlikely conditions.

Rise Above

What do a surfer and a theoretical physicist have in common? Bethany Hamilton and Stephen Hawking both rose above difficult physical circumstances by possessing attitudes of positivity, focus and determination.

Bethany was barely a teenager, just thirteen years old, when she lost her left arm to a tiger shark. She was already a champion surfer, having started seriously surfing at age eight, winning competition after competition. She came from “surfing stock” as both her parents were avid surfers.

After the attack, she was rushed to a hospital for surgery and began the road to recovery. Determined to continue surfing, she went back into the water only three weeks after the incident. She learned how to swim with one arm, and how to balance herself on the board. Just two years later, she took 1st place in the NSSA National Championships. She even wrote a book called Soul Surfer.

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist working on the basic laws that govern the universe. He holds twelve honorary degrees, has written several books and has been the recipient of many awards. And before he had ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) – an incurable, degenerative disease – he was even competing in college-level rowing at Oxford.

As Hawking’s disease progressed, his disabilities increased to the point where he could no longer walk, no longer feed himself, and due to a pneumonia and subsequent tracheotomy operation, no longer talk. This never stopped him from becoming a famous science guru known throughout the world. And through a speech synthesizer, his lectures have been heard far and wide. He is married with three children and a grandchild.

Anyone has to admit that circumstances were stacked against these two very successful people. But they rose above the challenge and have made a positive difference in countless lives. If they can, you can, too.

Read about inspiring stories of personal triumph in our Finish Strong Motivational Gift Book.

See the trailer to the documentary: Heart of a Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story.

See Stephen Hawking interviewed by Charlie Rose.

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The Sea Turtle’s Saga: An Inspiring Tale of Determination

Focus Sea Turtle Motivational Poster
Focus Sea Turtle Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

Approach every challenge with a level head and unwavering determination…all your horizons will be bright.

The Sea Turtle’s Saga: An Inspiring Tale of Determination

When you find yourself facing seemingly insurmountable odds, consider the first days in the life of a sea turtle hatchling.

Buried beneath a foot and a half of sand, the sea turtle’s first test of survival is to break out of its shell…with a single temporary tooth. Free of its shell, the newborn must then dig its way through the wet, heavy sand to the surface. Given its size and strength, this exhausting task can take up to a week.

After finally breaking through the sand, the race for survival really begins! In hopes of avoiding any confrontations with natural predators, the young turtle waits to take advantage of the cover of darkness before scrambling toward the shoreline.

Once in the ocean, the newborn swims frantically for almost two days fighting powerful undersea currents over which they have no control before reaching the safety of the unanchored seaweed beds that serve as their homes.

If something smaller than the palm of your hand can do all that within the first week of its life, there’s no stopping you from reaching your goals in difficult circumstances…all it takes is determination and a clear focus.

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Trailblazers

Opportunity New Day Motivational Poster

Opportunity New Day Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

Create a path where there is none. A world of possibilities lies ahead.

Trailblazers

Did you know that Impressionism was once considered rogue, outrageous, and completely antithetical to true painting? Yes, ol’ “Haystack Monet” was a rebel and an outcast among the serious painters of his time. What we consider pretty, traditional, perhaps even boring was once radical.

How could these seemingly innocuous paintings be radical, you ask? Prior to Impressionism, realism reigned. People wanted representations of people, objects and nature because photography as we now know it didn’t exist. Although the beginning of modern photography can be pinned down to around 1825, color photography was not a viable option until 1907.

Claude Monet (1840-1926) revolutionized art by organizing an independent group of artists outside of the official Salon who exhibited their rejected canvases in a shocking show. Opening on April 15, 1874, one of the critics derogatorily dubbed the show an “Exhibition of Impressionists” which stuck, even though it was meant to poke fun at the new style.

New style? Yes, breaking light into small pieces of color, and translating that to canvas in short, quick brush strokes was unheard of. To us, over a century later, this seems on the verge of unbelievable because it seems so tame in comparison to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A trailblazer of our time is Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) who makes temporary and permanent art from nature. Whether arranging stones, leaves, flowers or ice, he has a unique vision that some may see as absurd. Look at some of Goldsworthy’s art and decide for yourself. A documentary of his life work entitled Rivers and Tides was made to better understand his art.

You don’t need to be an artist to blaze your own trail. You just need an idea that you believe in and the confidence to begin. Happy trails!

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Calm Down!

Balance Zen Garden Motivational Poster

Balance Zen Garden Motivational Poster

Motivational Quote:

The place where we find our deepest peace is the place where we discover our greatest strength.

Calm Down!

Do you ever work yourself into a stressful frenzy? Do you ever worry about a small problem that grows by the minute until you’re overwhelmed?

Very few people live out the day in a cloud of unfettered happiness in which nary a care floats their way. That’s why it is so important to find something that gives you peace, something that calms your inner core. For many that place is in nature. There is just something about breathing fresh air (thank trees, flowers and other plants for that), seeing the beauty and intricacy of the natural world (look at any leaf or insect closely to be wowed) and experiencing the outdoors that triggers a calming effect on us.

People have walked in gardens for centuries to exercise the mind, body and spirit. Gardens are a unique collaboration between nature and humankind. Some are purely functional with the growing of vegetables and herbs as paramount. Others are completely aesthetic focusing on inedible, perhaps even poisonous, flowers and plants to create a specific look or feeling. But all gardens tame, shape and change the earth and flora around them.

Walking in your own garden does not always have the same effect as walking in someone else’s. When the garden is your own, pure enjoyment can be curbed by To Do Lists that form in your head – pull thistles, transplant rose bushes, divide daffodils, prune lilacs – and soon you’ve worked yourself into another frenzy. If you can’t just put those thoughts aside, it might be better to find a public garden for calming reflection.

But you don’t even need to find a garden because just walking in nature is not only good for the soul, it improves memory and attention. Or so say the scientists at the University of Michigan who did a recent study on the calming effects of nature. Even viewing pictures of nature can have this effect.

So the next time you feel frazzled, take a walk. And if you can’t do that, gaze at a picture of nature. And if you can’t do that, look through the Anderson Gardens photo gallery.

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