Quotable Thursdays

Quotes have that rate ability to give us advice or insight with very few words.  Their brevity (it is, after all, the soul of wit) is their brilliance.

This quote does an exceedingly good job of reminding us who has the power to change our lives:

“No one saves us but ourselves.  No one can and no one may.  We ourselves must walk the path.” -Buddha

You.  You alone have the power to change you life.  I’m not saying that others can’t inspire or help you (as we know that it is possible), but in the end, you are responsible for helping and changing yourself.

I think of this quote often when I hear people wish for someone to save them, to pull them out of the rut that they’ve been in.  I’ve been guilty of it too – hoping that someone will swoop in and tell you what to do, to save you, or to tell you that you’re right in taking that next step in your journey.

But the truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t wait for someone to come and solve all of your problems.  Because you don’t have to waste your time waiting.  Just like Dorothy at the end of the Wizard of Oz – many people don’t realize that they already have the power to do it for themselves.

(By the way, I hated that part of the movie.  I was so annoyed at Glinda at the end.  Seriously, who makes a teenager go and defeat an evil witch just to go home, when they could have left at any time?  Wtf, Glin?  As a writer, that always seemed like a bit of a cheat or a lazy plot to me.  On a sadder note, this has got to be one of the only quest-like movies with a female lead and no romantic triangles or what-have-you interfering with the quest/plot…wouldn’t it be neat if they re-imagined the movie in a kind of Lord of the Rings manner?  But I digress..)

Don’t wait for someone to come along and rescue you.  Be bold.  Stand up for yourself, kick your own ass into gear, and be your own hero.  You’re the only one who truly can.


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