If there’s one constant in this world, it’s change. When we’re young, we tend to embrace it, hurdling ourselves from one adventure to the next – with no fear. But as we get older, and the stakes seems to grow in magnitude, change becomes scary. We find ourselves muttering, “but I’ve always done it this way.” Knowing full well, perhaps in the back of our minds, that “this way” isn’t the only or even best way.
But why do we cling to that which is familiar?
Maybe it’s because the unknown is scary and while we may not be happy with the current state of things, change can be scary.
Then earlier this week, I was walking my dog and looking at the autumn leaves and thinking to myself, the world changes all around us – constantly. Maybe that makes change less scary, and more necessary. And that’s when I thought of this JFK quote:
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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” -JFK
A very good friend of mine once told me something about change and personal timelines that I really liked. I’m going to paraphrase and I’m sure it won’t be nearly as elegant, but here you go –
There three versions of yourself – past you, present you, and future you. For past you, be grateful that you got through all of the hard times. Be grateful of the good things you have because of the things you’ve done in the past. Your job now and moving forward is to continue to make choices and do the things that will give future you an even better life. Now, some of that may require change. And we all know that change is scary. But if it means even the chance for a better tomorrow and a better future, shouldn’t you take it?
A powerful quote for you today – on building, or more accurately, rebuilding your life from one of my favorite authors:
Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. – JK Rowling
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I feel like that’s so powerful, it deserves a second picture quote with my new Hermione action figure .(That’s right, I have a Hermione doll and I took her outside to pose her on rocks for this quote. But are you actually surprised by this? 🙂 )
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Now we have double picture quote power and hopefully, that drives home the message of Resilience (yep with a capital R).
There will be times when life kicks you right in the teeth, I can promise you this. Sometimes it will surprise you and other times, you’ll see it coming and still take that sucker punch. You’ll want to scream, cry, and give up. Scream and cry, if you must. I do sometimes and it can make me feel better (I usually try to remember to roll up my car windows before I scream, but hey…no one’s perfect 😉 ).
But don’t give up – not on the things that truly matter. Rebuild.
Rebuild exactly where you are, there’s no better place. Take the lessons learned from past mistakes, as they will help create a strong and solid foundation for anything you decide to pursue.
This quote was one of my mantras when I went through one of the hardest times of my life – a messy divorce and the fallout after that extremely unhealthy relationship. I’d look at the quote when I needed reassurance that my life could be rebuilt and that I was the architect of my own life, my own future. I could have stayed on my couch crying, but I didn’t. I rebuilt my life and have come through the other side of that darkness stronger than ever.
And if I can rebuild, you can do it too. There’s magic in this world to help you…and it’s already where it belongs – inside of you. 🙂
Life is a bit of bitch sometimes, isn’t it?
I mean, you have these dreams – some are ridiculously big (like being interviewed on the Today show, preferably by Savannah Guthrie, for your breakout novel) and some are small (like getting through a Monday morning without banging your head on your desk). And then you have life, which sometimes seems hell-bent on arm wrestling you for even small victories.
So what’s a girl to do? (Or a guy. Don’t fret, I’d never leave y’all out.)
Kick some ass, that’s what.
That’s why I love this quote by Steve Martin – “Be so good, they can’t ignore you.”
So go out there and kick some ass, take some names, and make even the wildest of your ridiculously big dreams come true. 🙂
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I don’t know about you, but words have always been powerful forces for me. The wrong ones can bring even the strongest person to their knees, but the right ones, they have a greater power – to build dreams, heal, soothe, inspire, and more.
Today’s quote was a staple during my hardest times and I’m sure it will continue to be. It’s a quote from the beloved character from children’s stories, Winne-the-Pooh. It’s pretty impressive when you look back on many of the authors of your youth and realize the depth and inspiration that they can bring you many years later.
“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
I think a lot of us suffer from low self-esteem or poor self-worth. It seems that sometimes, we have no problem seeing the good in others…and yet we often are blind to the good that resides within ourselves.
I’m not sure why that is or how to stop moments of self sabotage from sneaking up… Maybe you can never completely silence that small voice of self loathing from popping up inside of you now and then. But – and of this I am certain – you can prove that voice wrong. You can look inside yourself and find something good. And you can remind yourself that you are so much more than that voice can ever tear down. You are better than you think and you can do more and be more than you think. You can start again, no matter how big the fall, and become something greater.
And the first step, is to believe in yourself.
When I was going through my divorce (mostly last year), I felt like I had wasted so much of my time with my ex…especially since things didn’t work out and that I was missing out on my true self, my true destiny, and my true calling.
And I’m sure I’m not the only person who sometimes feels this way. But hitting a snag or a roadblock on our own personal journeys does not stop us from getting where we want (or need) to go. Sometimes, we just have to take the long way around. And hey, who doesn’t like the longer way? Sure, it’s a bumpier road and there are far less people on it. But, you know what? It’s the scenic route and the path with the most interesting stories, and I am after all, a writer and a reader – who loves a good story.
That’s when I came across the following quote:
And you know what? It’s true. It’s never too late to become who you want or do what you want in life. Go out and get it. You can do it and you can start today.