Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quotes

As an avid reader and writer, I have a passion for words. When I read, I'm often highlighting lines that reach out to me or writing them in my notebook. When I write, I get a little thrill each time I put together a string of words that fits with exactly what I was trying to say. It's not always as easy as it seems. I like to use these "perfect words" to motivate me and remind me what's most important in my life. Things like appreciating my life's journey and focusing on practicing kindness.

Here are what I've determined are my three favorite quotes:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say, and then don't say it. ~Sam Levenson

It isn't what happens to us that causes us to suffer, it's what we say to ourselves about what happens.  ~Pema Chodron

The last one was passed on to me by my life coach during our work together and it has truly changed the way I look at things when they happen. I like the fact that there are so many amazing people in the world, and many more who have come before us, whose words have been preserved over time to continually remind us that we all share the same experiences. I like to pass these quotes, and others I like, on to people who need them.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, the first one by Emerson is especially meaningful to me...I have had a tough working week!