I’ve always loved the Edison quote I failed my way to success.  It seems to say, let yourself off the hook.  Don’t beat yourself up if you interpret something as a failure.

It begins young, this beating ourselves up stuff.  I saw it in our six year old sprite who was really, really upset with herself when she lost a board game.  She wasn’t upset with the game, or the other players, just with herself for making a mistake.  I told her about Edison and Einstein and other greats who failed their way to success.

And today I thought I’d share some simple, but cool (in my mind) concepts to make our journey a little easier and maybe a little rosier.  Love me those rose coloured glasses.  Never mind the naysayers who call us overly optimistic or too cheerful.  I’m the first to admit I’m a cheerful Charlie and it feels pretty good.

  • Don’t take life so seriously.  We’re all doing the best we can.

  • Stop rushing through life. You’ll miss those sweet moments, and if you take your time, you’ll discover a lot more of them.

  • It’s okay to read the end of a book first…no matter if that’s a mind boggling idea for someone else.  You get to choose.  Don’t let yourself be labelled.

  • If you’re not certain you’ll be okay with the answer, don’t ask the question.

  • Supporting someone isn’t blindly agreeing with what they say or think, sometimes it’s just the opposite.

  • Ask a young kid what they think about things…they haven’t learned a lot, but they have a way of cutting through to what’s important.

  • Re-evaluate your beliefs, and be willing to change them.  Often.  It’s healthy.

  • Never stop imagining the best. And if you’re labelled a pollyanna smile and say thank you.

  • Remember the lines from the poem by W.H Davies: What is this life if  full of care we have no time to stand and stare: No time to stand beneath the boughs and stare as long as sheep and cows…Give yourself permission just to hang out and be.

  • People are the most important thing in any business or in our life.  Without them, we’d just have empty buildings and an empty life…value everyone.

  • Feel happy and if you don’t…change it.  Feelings are creating our future.

  • Don’t get hooked on the current facts of life, even the great ones.  Facts are always changing, everything is in a state of flux.

  • It’s never too late to do, or be, or have anything.

  • Be true to yourself – you are unique – there never will be another you. 

  • The conflicts of the day are usually due to a lack of a little imagination.

  • Every action we take stems from the assumptions we’ve made.  All our actions lead to the fulfillment of our assumptions.  Assume great things.

  • No need to look back everything you need is in front of you.

  • Stay away from those who judge…or those know-it-alls who just love to criticize.  And stop judging yourself…we’re all simply revealing our own consciousness of being.  It isn’t good or bad…it just is.  Change it if you don’t like the results.

  • There isn’t only one way, or one path and the one you tread today probably won’t be the one you walk tomorrow.

  • Don’t listen to anyone who tells you, you have it wrong.  You most definitely don’t.  You’re on your own unique journey.

And always remember to be an encourager, we are free to explore every dream, every desire of our heart.  As Einstein said…all creation waits to be revealed through man.

Now it’s your turn.  What sits under your rose coloured spectacles?

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Joseph Appaloosa

    One question for you, Elle . . . where is the/your book ?
    This list of self-labeled “simple” concepts are not only beautiful life actions to engage BUT also look like a list of chapter titles !
    Thank you, thank you . . .
    Write on, Elle !

    • Elle

      Lovely to hear from you again Joseph and thanks for the inspiration. I think a need a writing partner with more left brain function than me. In other words I could use some organizational skills. Haven’t give that concept much attention…maybe I should. 🙂

  2. Elle,
    I am often labeled a Pollyanna and asked, “Am I really this happy?” ” Why do I smile that much?” But I’ve never let that bother me because I seem to be happier. I, too, try to look at the “bad things” in life as not bad but just part of the process. I got some good lessons last week when I lost my whole computer hard drive. I was devastated. But I tried to think of it in a positive light, not unlike your wonderful tips.
    Thanks so much for all these great reminders!! And have a Happy Thanksgiving!!


    PS I love the Edison quote!

  3. Hi Elle,

    Love this line – “It’s never too late to do, or be, or have anything.” It is so important to let go of all that is holding us back, such as fear or concern about what others might say. Thank you for such an inspiring post!

  4. Love this! In response to your quote about the question you don’t know if you will like the answer too; my new thing is to ask it anyway. Even if the answer hurts, I’d rather know these days and move forward accordingly. Thanks for the fabulous post, I really enjoyed it.

    Katie XX

    Sweet Apple Lifestyle

  5. My favorite one was “Re-evaluate your beliefs, and be willing to change them. Often. It’s healthy.”

    A lot of people think that beliefs can’t be changed but they CAN be changed just by re-evaluating them and see if it’s aligned with the direction you want your life to go. Many of us struggle to achieve what we want to happen because of limiting beliefs.It takes courage to evaluate your beliefs and get rid of the ones that don’t serve your purpose. xx! thanks for this lovely post!

    • Elle

      Welcome to the conversation Mika and I so agree with you, those darned old limiting beliefs will stop us in our tracks every time. Love your attitude…it’s so…well encouraging and we can’t get too much of that can we? 🙂

  6. Oh, I love this post, Elle! I believe in this: “Stop rushing through life. You’ll miss those sweet moments, and if you take your time, you’ll discover a lot more of them.” Since the last few years, I practice it diligently. Sometimes it is easy to know what to do….but knowledge without application is not enough. Sometimes, an experience has to come along and turn us in the right direction.

    You always talk to my heart. Hugs! Vidya

    • Elle

      Hello sweet Vidya. When I wrote this I was thinking of the pleasure I had from having little hands in mine when crossing the road, or out in the stores. It felt so precious in that moment that I wanted to hold on to it, to be aware of it, and I became aware of how many of those precious moments are missed when we’re rushing madly through the day, through our life. So you’re exactly right when you say an experience will turn us in the right direction. Hugs to you. 🙂

  7. Much wisdom here. My daughter had to make a big decision today. She asked her sister and me for our opinions, but I emphasized to her that it was her decision. There was no single right answer, and she didn’t have to agree with me or her sister. Such an important thing to learn!

    • Elle

      Hello Galen, so nice to see you and how great that you were able to allow your daughter to make her big decision, with your input. I think it’s so true about it only being the right answer for us…in that moment. 🙂

    • Elle

      What I really need for this Vanita is to actually invest some time imagining I did this. Because from the current state of mind I live in about it…it aint ever going to happen. 🙂

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