Timeless Quotes for Times of Change

Article submitted by: Catherine deVrye

Whew…We’re half way through 2020 and what a turbulent year it’s been so far in the event industry around the world…

As a so-called ‘motivational speaker’, I must confess there have been times when I haven’t felt especially motivated. And needed to remind myself of one of my key messages to not waste energy on what we can’t change.

So was focused on writing a new book but after a rejection by a publisher, a friend suggested I read one of my earlier books to get my mojo back!

‘Hot Lemon and Honey-Reflections for Success in Times of Change’ was launched as the first self-help book of the new millennium on January 1, 2000. It became a best-seller and 20 years later, is still in print. As I flipped through some chapter headings below, I realised that like the ocean, some principles of Mother Nature and human nature, although always changing, remain timeless:


  • The person who swims against the tide knows the strength of it. 
  • The only person who always welcomes change is a wet baby.
  • You can’t drive into the future if you’re looking into a rear vision mirror.
  • Change is inevitable. Learning from change is optional.
  • If you travel a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
  • There is no comparison between that lost by not succeeding & that lost by not trying.
  • Life works out best for those who make the best of how life works out.
  • Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, it is the only time we have. 
  • When a door closes, look for a window.
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
  • Create your own tomorrows with your thoughts and actions today.
  • The only thing of which I’m certain—is that there is very little of which one can be certain.


The last one written by Somerset Maugham in the 1800’s could have been written yesterday. So after some therapeutic swims in the ocean near my home in Sydney where these photos were taken, I’m approaching other publishers with renewed enthusiasm; and hope that even one of the above chapter headings may resonate with you during these still uncertain times and help you navigate the next chapters in your own life.


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