The Crayon Initiative News

Written by Bryan Ware
on December 14, 2020

Words are a powerful way of soothing an anxious soul. Epidemiological surveys show that a third of the world's population suffer from anxiety during their lifetime. In America, anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the population. This bottomless feeling of tension and worry is a cause for concern to adults and more so to children recuperating in hospital beds.

In this article, read about some great quotes to help a hospitalized child cope through those anxious moments.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

There are countless stressors in each of our lives. But you have a choice over what you will allow in your mind. If you let the negativity weigh you down, you will dig a deeper hole into despair. Maintain a positive mindset and fill your mind with hope. Choose happiness, healing, and growth.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~Henry Ford

How about this primer from Henry Ford to start your day? You may wonder why things always seem aligned against you. Do not allow yourself to wallow in self-pity. Always keep in mind this analogy of the airplane. Let the winds of life blow against you, but in the fullness of time, you will soar and cruise.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” ~Tao Te Ching

You might be fighting and clinging on to something, subjecting yourself to endless anxiety, worry, and fear. It is time to harness the power of letting go. Cast your worries aside and take steps towards achieving your full potential.

“The past has no power over the present moment.” ~Eckhard Tolle

Everyone has a past, some beautiful moments to look back on and some you may want to forget. Do not let your past define who you are today. You might have had unpleasant experiences in the past, but don’t let them overshadow your present moment. Every day is an opportunity to start new.

“Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.” ~Renee Jain

Your thought is the epicenter of experiences, whether good or bad. Taking control of your thought process is crucial for your mental well-being. If you fill your mind with worry and anxiety, the thoughts will become a heavy burden.

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin

Underestimating your abilities is natural, especially when life has gotten tough. But Christopher Robin has a message for you: never underestimate your ability. Whatever you are going through right now will pass, but only if you summon your innate bravery, strength, and hope. Believe in yourself.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but doing something in spite of fear.” ~Unknown

This anonymous gem is just what you need to face your fears. In everything you do or plan, there will be lingering doubts at the back of your mind. "What if I fail? What if I lose everything I have?" Gather courage and face your doubts. If you succeed, you will be happy. If you fail, you have learned valuable lessons.

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ~Winnie the Pooh

The fast-paced nature of life can make you lose yourself. The adorable Winnie the Pooh has something to tell you: you are actually permitted to stop and do nothing. Stopping allows you to refuel for the next round. Block out the harsh noises of life and listen to the calming sound of silence.

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” ~Christian D. Larson

Obstacles in life can look insurmountable and can drain your strength to the last drop. Believe that you can do hard things, and that determination inside of you will bolster you.

“Sometimes, the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” ~Nicole Reed

Remember the airplane analogy? More of the same in this quote by Nicole Reed. Don’t curse that all bad things are coming your way. Rejoice because better things are not far off.

“When you’re feeling anxious, remember that you’re still you. You are not your anxiety.” ~Deanne Repich

You are distinct from your feelings. You have a life to live, so don’t let your anxieties take your life and define who you are. Anxieties will pass, and you will remain standing.

"Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming”- Robert Tew

You have faced many storms in your life. More will certainly come your way. If you survived the storms before, you will survive again. Storms you've weathered prepare you for the next.

"Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” - Pema Chodron

There are countless things and people out there ready to wreck your peace, but only if you allow them to. Cultivate inner peace by choosing what to embrace and what to abandon.

"Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” -Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

Ever heard of the Pareto principle? 20% of causes manifest into 80% of effects. Now, here is the Neddermeyer principle; your response to whatever life throws at you is all that counts.

"You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” -Dan Millman

Your thoughts are subject to you, not the other way around. Take control and free your life from the influence of negative thoughts.

"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” - Grenville Kleiser

Have you had a good laugh today? It’s not too late to pause and find some humor. Laughter is medicine for your anxiety, and it’s absolutely free! Watch a comedy, read a funny book, meet up friends over a cup of coffee. There are countless ways to shake up a dreary day.

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” - Benjamin Franklin

At times, encountering difficulty can lead to always thinking about the next trouble just around the corner. Don’t rob your happiness by expecting things to go wrong. Stay hopeful and flexible.

"No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.” - Karen Salmansohn

Worrying about the future or regretting the past is an exercise in futility. You can only change the present. Live in the present.  

"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” - Arthur Somers Roche

Address anxiety the moment it appears, because it can infect other positive things happening around you. Anxiety, if unchecked, clouds a hopeful outlook, takes away your joy, and diminishes your small victories.

"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” - Amit Ray

Life is meant to be lived. Don’t waste your days wallowing in anxiety and worries. Live each moment at a time.

Lessen a Young Patients’ Anxiety with Crayon

Battling an ailment from a hospital bed is an anxious situation for anyone, more so for kids and their parents. It is why TCI came up with a means to help hospitalized kids fight anxiety through art. And you can now play a part in this mission.

By donating used or unwanted crayons, you can help a child in the hospital fight anxiety. We collect, re-manufacture, and model new crayons from your donated crayons. We then distribute the remodeled crayons to children's' hospitals across the United States, helping young patients brighten their lives with an endless supply of art materials.

And there is more. By donating your crayons, you play a part in saving the planet. Here's how; More than half a million pounds of non-biodegradable crayons are thrown away annually, clogging up our landfills. By donating your used and unwanted crayons, you also help keep the earth clean.

To learn more about The Crayon Initiative, get in touch with us, and let us partner together to brighten young lives.