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Writing your Trainee: Motivational and Inspirational Quotes

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Here is a great collection of Motivational and Inspirational Quotes.

BE STRONG!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads of lift;
Shun not the struggle–“tis God’s gift
BE STRONG!
Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?”
And fold the hands of acquiesce–oh shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name.
BE STRONG!
It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long;
Faint not–fight on! To-morrow comes the song.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock.

“Success is not to be measured by the position that one has reached in life, but the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
” Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes. the goal.”
“happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”
“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”
“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists…and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want…and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.”
“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
“So celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.”
“A winner is one who accepts his failures and mistakes, picks up the pieces, and continues striving to reach his goals.”
“Fighting for your dreams isn’t always easy but it’s so worth it.”
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
“A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.”
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

For the Wolfpack: “For the strength of the wolf is the pack, the strength of the pack is the wolf.” Rudyard Kipling

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ~Moliere

ADVERSITY – is a gift that tests your faith, builds character, and
develops perseverance.
Sometimes the hardest thing about an unexpected transition or an unwelcome change in our lives is that we feel like we’re alone and that can be a scar…y thing. How you respond to the change is probably the most important factor in whether the change will be a good or a bad thing in your life. Shut down and… you’ll not only miss out on the possibilities, but also stop growing as a person. We all have our struggles, but within your struggles you might discover you also have something to offer. sometimes our greatest gifts and talents are to be
found in the midst of a struggle. Don’t be discouraged if it seems like nothing is going right- you are more than the sum of your challenges. So take heart and celebrate even the smallest of victories!

“None of us will become perfect in a day or a month or a year. We will not accomplish it in lifetime, but we can begin now, starting with our more obvious weaknesses and gradually converting them to strengths as we go forward with our lives. this quest may be a long one: in fact, it will be lifelong. It may be fraught with many mistakes, with falling down and getting back up again. And it will take much effort. But we must not sell ourselves short. We must make a little extra effort. We would be wise to kneel before our God in supplication. He will help us. He will bless us. He will comfort and sustain us. He will help us to do more, and be more, than we can ever accomplish or be on our own.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“A champion is someone who gets up, even when they can’t”
– Natalie Rogers

“Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.”
– Ho Chi Minh

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown

Only one thought at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time.

Be the man that you would want to fight beside you.

Just because you might need to take it slow, it doesn’t mean you’re stopping.

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.”
Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer and translator

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes” Buddha

“The sky is no longer the limit” Richard Nixon

“Continuous effort-not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential” Winston Churchill

“He conquers who endures” Persius

“I am a kind of burr; I shall stick” William Shakespeare

“Its hard to beat a person who never gives up” Babe Ruth

“When you come to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” Harriet Beecher Stowe

“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood, we need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done” Theodore Roosevelt

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength..

God is a place of safety you can run to, but it helps if you are running to him on a daily basis so that you are in familiar territory.

Every step in your life’s journey is a choice….

Life is a series of choices between the bad, the good, & the best. Everything depends on how we choose.

Life is a gift, respect is EARNED…

Life is not a spectators sport so get off the sidelines & get in the game..

Negativity is a contagious behavior.

You can’t fight every battle so choose the ones worth fighting & let the rest go…

“I believe in myself and all my possibilities. I turn doubt into dreams and fears into excitement. I lean upon God’s power within me, knowing that this energy motivates and supports me in all ways”

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position reached in life, as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.”~ Booker T. Washington

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”~ Vince Lombardi

Winston Churchill said “When you are going through hell……..Keep going”.

“Every day in every way, you are getting stronger”

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.”

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you. ~Winnie the Pooh

Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will. –Author Unknown.

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet. Psalm 91:9-13

Eight and half weeks doesn’t seem very long, till the final day comes when you say bye, and be strong. MEPS and Texas is happening on Tues, we drive home to face the empty nest blues.
I know the great things this new journey will bring, and suddenly I’m staring at my phone to ring. The emotions run wild to say the least. A few things go wrong and I turn into a beast. Who am I, where am I, this ride feels insane. I’m not in boot camp, give me back my brain.
72 hours the clock is moving slow. Where’s my phone? Is it on? I’m going crazy don’t you know. At last the phone rings with that address phone call, he said it so fast I started to bawl. No hi mom, hello, I’m fine how about you, just the fastest address he can read and me saying…..wait son…. I love you!
The days drag on and I’m obsessed with my phone. The tone set to loud and he has his own ring tone. All those who know me have seen the beast come out. You mess with my phone and we will have something to fight about. I look insane with that phone in my hand; I carry it with me, even to potty land.
Its life as wing mom a daily worry in my gut and sometimes my emotions make me feel like a wing nut. Then suddenly out of the blue, I found this webpage, full of hugs, happy dances and many woo hoo’s.
Reading and reading the information goes on. Hit the like button, oh crap is my phone on? The phone is on, it’s loud and ready, so scroll down, scroll down and keep your hand steady.
It’s suddenly like that reindeer book, go dancer and prancer oh honey come look. Order banners, photos and buttons a like, get a hotel, car and book your flight. Go to start here and click on this link, where did I read that? dishes piling in the sink.
Week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, happy dances and woo hoo’s, phone calls and more. Soon it’s time to slay that beast, have no ideal what that means but we should have grilled cheese.
Beast week is big and temps running high, sickness sets in many go to the doctor oh my. Recycled, recycled this sounds full of sadness. We don’t like this a bit so stop the madness!
My head starts to spin like the rollercoaster from hell, round and round I’m crazy can you tell. The Beast is slayed, flight warrior obtained, in the single digits and soon on our plane.
The Airmen’s run was amazing to see, emotions run high and my son saw me. At the coin ceremony with him in his blues, our handsome young man wearing those shinny shoes.
The TAP OUT HUG was my favorite part; the pride that fills a mom’s loving heart. BMT is complete, a proud mom I am. You went in as a boy and came out as a man.

“I am the mother of an American Airman” I give my complete and unwavering support to my Airman. As my son serves the people of the United States, so I humbly offer up my prayers for his safety and the safety and health of those he serves beside. I respect his choice to adhere to a strict moral code and system of values that has preserved our great country for over two centuries. I accept that my Airman’s first duty is to his country and I understand that this sacrifice he willingly makes is what keeps our nation great. I will never expect anything but the best from my Airman for I know he is capable. I know that an Airman’s heart is true and strong, and that my Airman will endure”

When God Created The Military Wife
The Good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, “Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What’s wrong with the standard model?”
The Lord replied, “Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to 4 or 40 with an hour’s notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move to a new location 10 times in 17 years. And oh yes, she must have six pairs of hands.” The angel shook her head, “Six pair of hands? No way!”
The Lord continued, “Don’t worry, we will make other military wives to help her. And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husband’s achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say “I understand” when she doesn’t and say, ‘I love you’ regardless”.
“Lord,” said the angel, touching his arm gently “Go to bed and get some rest. You can finish this tomorrow”. “I can’t stop now”, said the Lord “I am so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals herself when she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave goodbye to her husband from a depot, pier or runway and understand why it’s important that he leave.”
The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed, “It looks fine, but it’s too soft”. “She might look soft”, replied the Lord, “but she has the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she can endure.”
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord’s creation. “There’s a leak”, she announced. “Something is wrong with the construction. You are trying to put too much into this model.”
The Lord appeared offended at the angel’s lack of confidence. “What you see is not a leak”, he said, “It’s a tear.” “A tear? What is it there for?”, asked the angel. The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear.” “You are a genius!” exclaimed the angel.
The Lord looked puzzled and replied, “I didn’t put it there”.

Air Force Wife’s Prayer
(Alexandra Benakis)
An Air Force wife has so much to bear,
She’s everything at once, no one could compare,
When God made her, he had perfection in mind,
For nowhere on Earth is another of her kind,
She leads a life not many would choose,
For her job is the hardest in the military to do,
She is courageous and strong, one would say made of steel,
But way deep down is a heart that can feel,
She stands by her husband, so proud and so tall,
And waits many nights by the phone for a call,
She’s Mommy and Daddy all rolled into one,
She’ll never rest easy until her job’s done,
She sits all alone and in silence she cries,
Dis I do a good job, is my family all right?
But deep in her heart she knows that it’s true,
God is right beside her helping her through.

Armed Forces Day Quotes
You know the military appreciation quotes play important role in your military gifts. You may like collect military appreciation quotes. Here are 20 quotes below, which apply to all the armed forces:
1) He loves his country best who strives to make it best. -Robert G. Ingersoll
2) Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown
3) Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern
4) Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.-Winston Churchill
5) I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ~William Shakespeare
6) There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity. -Gen. Douglas MacArthur
7) No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. -General Douglas MacArthur
8) Real security lies in the prevention of war–and today that hope can come only through adequate preparedness.- General Omar N. Bradley
9) Armed Forces Day this year should serve to emphasize the practical application of unification in action, and to remind us of the continued need for unity in our Armed Forces and among all of our citizens in the interests of security and peace. – Robert D. Lovett
10) At home and abroad, military men and women are showing purpose and dedication in defending American ideas. They are performing in our country’s best traditions under circumstances both difficult and complex. Thanks to their determined spirit of patriotism and professionalism, our country has a powerful and unified defense team, employing its forces in the constant quest for peace and freedom.- Melvin Laird
11) It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler
12) How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou
13) No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. ~Author Unknown
14) No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. ~Author Unknown
15)Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic. ~John A. Logan
16) For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
17) The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. – Winston Churchill
18) We’re going to bomb them back into the stone Age.
19) The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
20) For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.

Psalm 91 Covenant (Taken from Psalm 91 God’s Shield of Protection by Peggy Joyce Ruth and Angelia Ruth Schum). Insert your Airman’s name every place you read “My Airman.” This is a very powerful prayer. You can get your military support kit by going to nationaldayofprayer.org and clicking on the Miltary Support Kit picture (you might have to use the arrows to scroll through the pictures).
My Airman dwells in the shelter of the Most High and he/she abides in the shadow of the Almighty. My Airman says to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is God who delivers My Airman from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. God will cover My Airman with His pinions, and under His wings My Airman may seek refuge; God’s faithfulness is a shield and a bulwark.
My Airman will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at My Airman’s side, and 10,000 at his/her right hand; but it shall not approach My Airman. My Airman will only look on with his/her eyes, and see the recompensee of the wicked. For My Airman has made the Lord, his/her refuge, even the Most High, his/her dwelling place. No evil will befall My Airman, nor will any plague come near My Airman’s tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning My Airman to guard My Airman in all his/her ways. The angels will bear My Airman up in their hands lest My Airman strike his/her foot against a stone. My Airman will tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and serpent he/she will trample down.
Because My Airman has loved Me (God said), therefore I will deliver him/her; I will set My Airman securely on high, because My Airman has known My Name. He/she will call on Me, and I will answer him/her. I will be with My Airman in trouble; I will rescue My Airman and honor him/her. With a long life I will satisfy My Airman, and let him/her behold my salvation.