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Quotable – in a world where you can be anything…

“In a world where you can be anything.  Be kind.” – unknown

I don’t think this quote for my quotable Thursday series really needs all that much explanation, as I think we learned its basic principle in kindergarten.

You have the power to be anything; you control how you treat people. And with all of those options, choose to be kind…it’ll help make the world a better place.

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Quotable Thursday – kindness

I often pick Thursdays to showcase quotes that I love or that I’ve been thinking about.  Today, I’m picking a quote on kindness, which seems to be underrated lately.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot lately.  Not only in the recent political battles here in the U.S. and happenings on a global scale, but also in day to day life in our own local communities.  Where has kindness gone?

Kindness, in some people’s minds is seen as a sign of weakness.  Kindness given to strangers, unkind people, or people we don’t like is often viewed as wasted.  But it’s not.  Any act of kindness is worthwhile.  Even small, simple actions can help to brighten someone’s day or bolster someone when they need it most.  People who you disagree with, people who are different than you, nice people, friendly people, neighborhood grumps, and office cranky-pantsers – all of these people deserve kindness, after all, they are all people.

So be kind today, you never know who might need it.

 

Quotable Thursdays

I love quotes, especially the meaningful ones. And it’s funny, because they can show up anywhere – books, movies, tv…  Sometimes, you hear them and they speak to you right away. While other times, it takes months for you to really grasp their message…maybe even years. 

Today’s quote is about love (altogether now, awwwww). 

I love this quote. I think that many people looking for deeper connections and love look for something similar. And I think that people who have had medicocre or unfulfilling connections look for it too.  

There was a time in my life (I’m sure a time in many people’s lives), when I was willing to stay in a relationship that was unfulfilling and lonely. Why did I stay?  Because I remembered the good times, because I made a promise, because it was what was expected, and to be honest – because it was what was easy.  But it wasn’t right for me.  And after I recovered from it, I realized that I wanted a deeper and more real connection with someone. I wanted a meaningful kind of love and partnership. And, more importantly, that I deserved to be fulfilled and happy – everyone does.

So, if you’re looking for love – I hope you find it. And if you’re lucky enough to have it already, I hope you continue to tend it and help it grow. ❤️️

Take a chance

I’ve always loved music, sayings, and quotes.  They have that unique ability to impart thoughts and feelings with a memorable punch.

This week’s quote is one I’ve come across recently –

“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” – Sylvia Plath

There are many things I’ve learned over the last year or so and one of the most important is simply this – give people a chance and appreciate others.  There are hidden depths to people – granted some of it can be bad, but some of it can be really good and friendships can spring in the most unlikely of places.

I’ve always been an open person, and since my divorce, I’ve really pushed myself to give people a chance (alas, sometimes divorces can give you trust and self-worth issues).  There are two people in particular who I’ve come across since my divorce and my initial feelings were to stay away…that nothing good would come out of knowing them.  But – in both cases – I’ve been surprised by these new relationships, and definitely for the better.

So , don’t be afraid to get out there and give people a chance…you never know who you’ll meet and what new things you’ll discover.  🙂

Until being strong is the only choice you have

As a writer, I’ve always believed in the magic of words and as a reader, I’ve often felt their power.  Stories and songs have that amazing ability to break through barriers and – teach, show, remind, and reach us.  Quotes can be the distilled form of that magic – few words, with a powerful punch.

One of my favorite quotes is one I’ve found myself turning to many times over the last few years – “you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

And it’s true.

Exactly two years ago was the worst day of my life…

It was the day I discovered my ex was living a double life.

It felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me and I found myself over a yawning pit, struggling to make sense of the truth I’d learned.

It was a day that set my world on fire.

There were many painful days to come – of sorting through the hurt and taking a step back to see that relationship was more toxic than I’d realized and dangerous to my mental health.

But it was also the day I left.

And it was the day that I started to rebuild my life.  It took strength to leave – as it always does – and it took strength to pull myself up and put the pieces of myself back together.  Strength my ex (and even I) didn’t know that I had.

Exactly two years ago was the worst day of my life…Wait, that’s really not true.  It was a terrible day.  A fucking shitty day and it probably turned at least a few of the hairs on my head gray.

BUT, I mark it as my independence day, my anniversary to myself, a reminder of how strong I am and what I can overcome.

And you know what?  My life is so much better now.  I’m healthier, stronger, smarter, more confident, and have more than a little bad-assery in me.  I don’t regret that day or wish it didn’t happen.  It gave me scars but it didn’t break me, it set me free.

And (this is important) – if I can do it, so can you.  Push through that struggle and sucker-punch that shitty day in the face.  Show the world what you’re made of and that this pain can’t break you…that you’ll get past it and emerge stronger and wiser than before.

And when in doubt – repeat to yourself:

Solid foundation

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

photo credit: @prolixme

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? 🙂  )

photo credit: @prolixme

Boom, done.

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. 🙂

Quotable Thursdays – Be so good…

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.”

Yeah!

So go out there and kick some ass, take some names, and make even the wildest of your ridiculously big dreams come true. 🙂

until it’s done – quote day 3

 Sometimes, when a task is before us – the magnitude of what we’ve yet to accomplish can be daunting as deadlines seem to stretch far past the horizon.  I hate that feeling.   If you let it, that anxiety could surround you until you drown. 

But don’t let it. You are the master of how you perceive the world and any challenge that you face. Take a deep breath and remember, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”  And I’d argue that once it’s done, you’ll smile and realize it couldn’t have been any other way. 🙂  

Annie at Gentle Kindness tagged me in this quote challenge and I’ve (obviously) accepted – 3 quotes in three days because well, I love challenges…and quotes.  If you want to play, simply put the link to your site in the comments section and I’ll check out your quotable posts. 🙂

Just where you are – Quotes Day 2

Today’s quote is from  Pema Chödrön, who has written truly inspirational and moving books.  If you haven’t heard of her, or her very wise words, be sure to check her out.

During the hard times in my life, I often turn to quotes for inspiration, motivation, and sometimes solace.  This quote is especially moving for anyone who is looking to start over or begin something new.

“Just where you are – that’s the place to start.” – Pema Chödrön

It’s a whisper of wisdom in those moments of panic where you don’t even know where to place your feet after a fall.  It let’s us know that we can start again, no matter where we are.   We simply have to breathe….and begin.

 

Annie at Gentle Kindness tagged me in this quote challenge and I’ve (obviously) accepted – 3 quotes in three days because well, I love challenges…and quotes.  If you want to play, simply put the link to your site in the comments section and I’ll check out your quotable posts. 🙂

Quotables – Challenge Day 1

Today’s quote is from a poem by Pablo Neruda: “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”

I took this in Washington D.C. at the height of Cherry Blossom season.

Ah, how I love this quote – it’s so romantic that it makes my chest squeeze.

To me, it means having the kind of relationship where you cherish each other and support one another in becoming what you are meant to be…blossoming like flowers in springtime.

🙂 <Sigh>  What magic we spread with the right words…

Annie at Gentle Kindness tagged me in this quote challenge and I’ve (obviously) accepted – 3 quotes in three days because well, I love challenges…and quotes.  If you want to play, simply put the link to your site in the comments section and I’ll check out your quotable posts. 🙂