I found this quote a couple of years back. I was at a crossroads in my life, I was lost and searching for answers. I felt time was ticking away and eating at my soul. I felt empty and answerless. I was searching….searching for something…I did not know what. Answers perhaps…meaning, at least a direction. I was spiritually and physically low but ready for something…I didn’t know what at the time…and then I ran across this quote. It was contained in a quote book I picked up at the library, before that I wasn’t one for quotes. They seemed old and stuffy. I could not see how they could be the least bit interesting; old rehashed bits taken out of context…but for some reason I checked the book out, brought it home and opened it up. I thumbed through a few pages before I came to this one above….I admit I took extra care in looking at it because it had Einstein’s name attached to it but it was the clutter part that piqued my interest. I read the quote in it’s entirety….again and again. It was as if I had discovered something…it hit me like a ton of bricks and it seemed to be speaking just to me; telling me what I needed to hear at the very time I needed to hear it….every word of the quote was essential. It was a blueprint; a map to where I needed to go…it seemed so complex yet so simple and I proceeded to follow it to the letter and I still do. That quote changed my life, literally and for the better. Before I could never comprehend how the wonderful could be hidden smack dab in plain sight right in the middle of the awful, but there it was….there it is…as strange as it sounds before that I felt unjustly persecuted by the events in my life…it all seemed so unfair and all I could do at the time was selfishly think of myself…I will admit this. It is something I am ashamed of now, but it is the truth. Of course I thought of my kids and the people I loved but that was it, as far as I was concerned the rest of humainty….all those people I didn’t know…all those strangers, what did I owe them anyway…these strangers I had never met….they never did any thing for me…and I wasn’t doing so hot myself. I had just found out I was Aspergers and I had nowhere to turn. I was alone but I couldn’t see why…this is when that quote came out of the blue like that and struck me.
Since that time I have changed dramatically. I started this blog and started reaching out into this wonderful wide world of ours and I have found so much wonder, awe and compassion in myself that grows daily. Just the other day I took these wise words written by such a wise man, printed them into a photo of the sky I had just taken and merged them together. This photo now hangs on the wall at work, right next to my computer. I look at it many times during the day and I take each word to heart.
I am now a quote person. I have many favorites and have learned so much from them. I don’t know why I never caught on to this before but I suppose the time came when it needed to . I have amassed quite a collection. For this month’s edition of Fresh Quotes I will be including my all time favorites; the very words I live by…I hope you find some you like too…
By the way, HAPPY May, yes, it is May already.
“DO ONE THING EVERYDAY THAT SCARES YOU.”
“Many small people, who in many small places do many small things, can alter the face of the world”
(By anonymous, found on a piece of graffiti on the Berlin Wall.)
“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.”
“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.”
LIVE WHERE YOU FEAR TO LIVE.
DESTROY YOUR REPUTATION.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.”
- Some of my favorite quotes by women (womensherstory.wordpress.com)
- ‘In Two Words’ Contemplative Practice: Introduction (o2bheavenlyminded.com)
- Fresh Quotes PEACE March (strawberryindigo.wordpress.com)
- It’s Worth Quoting Two: 25 MORE Quotes for the Business Minded (girlingreencoat.wordpress.com)
- Inspiring Quotes: The Gandhi ‘Talisman’ (flymyprettiesfly.wordpress.com)
- Enlightening quotes are the best source for gaining inspiration. These type of quotes can be bought in the quotation dictionary and quotation treasures. Enlightening quotes could be in different category and my favorite category is life quotes. The reason (sgblogging.wordpress.com)