We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Darla Shirley | Youth World Founder

“Don’t Tell Me, Show Me.” These are five simple words that pack such depth of meaning. The phrase has proven timeless; I adopted it from my father over two decades ago. These five simple words discourage the “when” and “if” statements that often delay action, generosity, kindness, and follow-through. James 2:16 says, “If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” “Don’t Tell Me, Show Me” serves my team at Youth World well as they work with the children in our community, reminding them to lead by example. The phrase has created a culture of action at Youth World, reaching the kids as well, teaching them the importance of follow-through. We do not want to waste the precious time that we have been given by just talking about making a difference, serving our community, and following our passions. Read more>>

Lem & Deb Thompson | Administrators & Professional Cleaners

One of our favorite quotes is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” This quote has profoundly influenced how we interact with our clients and our crew. The result? A crew that is honest & hard-working as well as fantastic clients, who are friendly and excellent communicators. All of this makes for a healthy work environment that we are so grateful for! Read more>>

CC Lyons | (Pen Name) Accomplished Author & Executive

I have two favorite quotes, from previous mentors, that have always stayed with me: The first: “Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something that you never thought you would.” (Being able to take a path that may not have been on your original plan.) This one took a while to sink in, as it was about being flexible and understanding the results we seek to a plan may take a different path to get there than expected The second: ” You can always choose the lesser of two evils, just can’t call it good.” – This one always hits home when it comes to making choices and being truthful within on the choice and the understanding to why I am making the choice. Own it and can’t label it something that it never was. Both of these allowed me the freedom to explore my truths, write and publish a book on a taboo topic in a very open and honest manner. Read more>>