We Can Only be Said to be Alive....
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
As you know, I’m an avid collector and great lover of inspirational quotes. I’m not sure I ever met one I didn’t want to sit down and spend a little time with. Over the years, I find that I always have a few “favorite quotes of the moment.” The quotes that just seem to find their way into every conversation and seem to be applicable to whatever is going on around me.
Funny thing is, the quote you see above has been a favorite quote for as long as I can remember. What you allow is what will continue. It never goes out of style, never gets old, and (as far as I’m concerned) should never leave your side.
This past week, alone, the quote came to mind in three different instances.
The celery over Doritos choice may seem small – and I guess, compared to gleefully eating 3 rolls… with butter… it is small. However, we’d all do well to keep in mind that every choice we make either carries us one step forward, one step backward, or sinks us further in the ground where we stand.
If the thought of staying where you are – or going backward – makes you cringe, realize that you have to break the cycle. You have to proactively step OUT of the steps you’ve been walking in and proactively carve out a new path. Don’t think of it as the end, think of it as the beginning.
Today can be the first day of an exciting new life. One in which you smile more than you’ve ever smiled before, felt better than ever, and find that laughing is downright addictive!
Don’t even try telling me that doesn’t sound exciting.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the most searched things on Google is How to Be Happy. Ironically, that fact makes me pretty sad! The thought of so many people out there who may be so removed from happiness that they’re turning to a search engine to remember where it is… well, that’s sad. The thing is, we’re born happy. When we’re babies and toddlers, we wear our happiness on our face for the world to see. Think of the insanely popular videos on YouTube of babies laughing. People (including me) love these videos as spend copious amounts of time watching them… laughing with the babies the entire time.
Why? Because pure joy is a beautiful, intoxicating thing. If we allow the wrong things to keep playing out, we’ll continue to be further and further removed from happiness and joy.
Leave behind anything that stands between you and happiness and, while you’re at it, tuck this life-changing quote into your pocket so you never forget it again…..
What you allow is what will continue. My wish for you is that you’ll only allow positive, uplifting, joyous things in your life because… mark it down.. they’ll continue! Pure joy is what I want for YOU – the kind you just can’t keep in or hide.
“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast” - Alfred Montapert
In addition to one of my favorite photo ops (love it when my food’s in good spirits), you’re looking at one of my favorite quotes of all time.
Simple. Basic. Understated. Golden.
Easiest way to set yourself up for a mad case of the blues? Expect life to always be in as good a mood as my bacon and eggs were.
People who are completely thrown off their axis by traffic, bad drivers, long lines, and high grocery prices kind of amuse me. Seriously, man. That’s life. I’m not sure why we seem to think we should be immune to any sort of inconveniences, but it seems to me that people’s fuses are getting shorter and shorter.
I have absolutely no idea what we could contribute this to. Some people say it’s because people aren’t “conditioned” to be patient any longer. I guess you could make a case for this theory – we are kind of a drive thru and microwave society, aren’t we? Give it to me NOW! I have no intention of waiting or being inconvenienced!
The sooner we realize that life doesn’t OWE us anything, whether it’s a carefree day or a new dining room table, the sooner we’ll be at peace.
EXPECT problems… because they are going to come, but instead of letting them eat away at you, plate them and eat them before they even see the fork coming.
Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. – Miguel Angel Ruiz
How could I have gone through my entire life of being full on obsessed with inspirational quotes and not come across the one above before?
I even collect quotes!
This wonderful quotation is a perfect reminder to take everything others say or do with a grain of salt. NEVER let others define you or direct your world. There are people in the world who delight in trying to do both.
Live your life on your own terms, be the best you that you can be (as defined by YOU, not someone else), and never look in someone else’s mirror to see your own reflection.
As you know, I often tell you to write certain quotes down. This time I’m ordering you to! This one’s a life changer.
Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power that seems to be beyond natural causes, as though they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come back to earth. – Anonymous
More Quotes About Kindness!
…So do not be lonely. You are just alone. It is like saying you are old. I am not old; I’m just older. - Anna
I pull my quotes of the day from a great number of places. 8 times out of 10 they’re quotes I’ve recently read, thought about, or recently “called on” for inspiration or motivation. Today’s quote of the day is a rare bird: It’s taken from a comment left here on Self Help Daily.
The comment was left on a post about Overcoming Loneliness, but that’s not even remotely important compared to the comment, itself – or more importantly the author of the comment. Anna has been a widow for a year. When I read that – at the first of her comment – my heart sank. I thought, “Bless her heart…” (we Kentuckians are always blessing someone’s heart). Then after I read a little more, I realized, this is one very special lady and simply refuses to hand over her joy to life’s circumstances.
Her words, her demeanor, her grace, and her spirit touched me and I wanted to pass it along.
To read her entire comment, go to the post, scroll down to the comments, and look for Anna. You’re going to love her.
It’s up to us to determine the sort of shadows that follow us.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. - Buddha
Karma has a solid GPS. – Joi
Deliberate much before you say and do anything; for it will not be in your power to recall what is said or done. -Epictetus
Have you ever said something and instantly wished you could grab the words by the tail and eat them. Or, better yet, go back in time and never let the words out in the first place? Since we’re all human, we’ve all been there. It’s a downright sickening feeling when words come out of your mouth and you can’t do anything about it other than stand in the ruins.
Fortunately, for me as well as those who have to listen to me, I’m one of those people who almost always lines my words up and quickly examines them before they come out of my mouth. This practice came about because of something I call “mommy speak.” I was a “stay at home” mom to our three beautiful little girls (one of my daughters is pictured in this post). As you may know, I home-schooled each of our daughters all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
That’s a lot of time spent with little people!
I quickly realized that the way I related with my girls might not be appropriate with an older crowd, so I got into the habit of examining my words before allowing them to make an appearance.
I lived in fear of telling a perfect stranger to brush her hair before someone thought she was a cave girl, or telling my husband to eat all of his vegetables if he expected any chocolate cake. While playing a board game with adults once, I was bumfuzzled when none of them knew who Snuffleupagus was. I thought, Seriously, don’t these people watch tv? I instantly wished I’d used chocolate or an UPS truck to indicate brown – but to me, Big Bird’s buddy was synonymous with brown.
I’ve heard enough people (politicians excel at it) open their mouth, THEN examine their words. Most people simply need to get into the practice of interrogating their words before allowing them out of the confines of their mouth.
Before inmates are released from prison, they have to face such an interrogation. Given the fact that words can do as much damage as a convict who’s on top of his game, it’s obvious they need to face similar inspection. A few things to ask yourself before the words come flying out:
It’s worth mentioning a special word to parents. I never cease to be amazed by how much my daughters actually remember about their childhood. Sometimes one of them will be walking or having lunch, and they’ll come up with a memory from what seems like a lifetime ago! Thanks be to God that they’re almost always positive, happy memories. The point is, kids have excellent memories and the things you say to them (even in anger) STAY with them. If you have children at home, make certain you’re giving them words you’ll want to revisit them time and time again. Because they will.
Young parents go through A LOT of crazy things in life. Many times there are job changes, moves, family drama, and so on. Just remember, don’t take it out on your children. One day, they may be all you have. Say words to them today that you’ll WANT them to repeat to you one day. Even when disciplining them, do it with love and remain calm. As adults, they’ll respect that.
Whether it’s with children or other adults, watch your words because they’re very much like boomerangs. They’ll come back to you and their sense of direction couldn’t be more accurate.
The reason people say things that’d be better left unsaid has more to do with their brain than their mouth or even their temper. People who use words as bullets generally do so because their thoughts lead them to it.
No one’s good enough to suit them, no restaurant’s up to their standards, etc. If their thoughts were a tv station it’d be ONTH: Only Negative Thoughts Here!
Every word out of our mouth has a source of origin. This source is thought.
Guard your thoughts and, in turn, you’ll guard your words.
“Nothing Will Work Unless You Do” – Maya Angelou
As I’ve said before, I honestly believe Maya Angelou should be required reading in our schools. Not just in February (during Black History Month) either. Her eloquence, intelligence, and beautiful way of turning a phrase are remarkable. If you haven’t read any of Maya Angelou’s poetry or books, do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to this great lady’s work.
You’ll fall a little more in love with her after every word.
This particular quote is one of my favorite quotes of all time. It’s written on an index card and hangs on the cork board above my desk in my home office. It’s the perfect reminder NOT to call it a day before the work’s done. I’ve also been known to whisper it to myself on the treadmill when I’m tempted to leisurely walk instead of cranking up the speed.
Nothing….. will work….. unless…. you do…..
Basically this quote follows me around reminding me that if I’m not ready to give my all to whatever it is I’m doing, I’d better keep my mouth shut if things don’t go my way!
More Maya Angelou Quotes
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs
The quote above is so completely true that it shouldn’t even be called a quote – it should be called poetic truth or a pretty fact. Every answer we seek is right there within reach. Well within reach, in fact! The answers to our questions are inside us, waiting to be uncovered.
The problem is, we get so busy Googling, asking other people for their opinion, and running around like drunk squirrels that we fail to hear the quiet voice inside. If only our inner voice had a megaphone, maybe we’d hear it FIRST instead of LAST sometimes.
The next time you find yourself wondering about “this” or in a bind over “that,” here are three steps that can help you find your way:
If you still have trouble hearing or uncovering the answer, here’s a trick I’ve relied on nearly as long as I’ve relied on coffee: Imagine that someone you love has the problem you have. Imagine that they’ve come to you…. and that they’re as confused or perplexed as you are now. What would your advice to THEM be?
From where I sit, this advice would be your absolute best because that’s what we always give to those we love. You’ll be amazed at how obvious (and golden) the advice often is.