Fresh Quotes: MAY~The words I live by

fantastic blue sky.with quote this one

Credit: Einstein, Mother Nature and SBI

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.  😀

~SBI

Nancy before interview 2

Me before the “big job interview.” I was scared witless but I went anyway and got the job! Now it’s just a place I go to and complain about…haha.

“DO ONE THING EVERYDAY THAT SCARES YOU.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

November 9, 1989, jubilant crowds celebrated the opening of border crossings along the Berlin Wall.

November 9, 1989, jubilant crowds celebrated the opening of border crossings along the Berlin Wall.

“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.)

Credit: Public Domain

Credit: Public Domain

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.”

~Emily Dickinson

Credit: Public Domain

Credit: Public Domain

“Life is short, Break the Rules.

Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.

Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably

And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.”

~Mark Twain

Credit: Hulton-Deutsch

Credit: Hulton-Deutsch

“FORGET SAFETY.
LIVE WHERE YOU FEAR TO LIVE.
DESTROY YOUR REPUTATION.
BE NOTORIOUS.”
~Rumi

Credit: Public Domain

Credit: Public Domain

“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.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

Credit: Pixelcharlie

Credit: Pixelcharlie

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

 ~Neil Gaiman

Credit: Public Domain

Credit: Public Domain

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.”
~Winston Churchill

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40 thoughts on “Fresh Quotes: MAY~The words I live by

  1. What a wonderful group of quotes. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow them. Each evening on Facebook, I close my day by leaving a positive quote. Many of these will be quite appropriate.

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  2. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    There are several great quotes in this post from Eintstein to Rumi to Eleanor Roosevelt to Emily Dickinson. Accepting that life is risky is important and educating. We deceive ourselves when we try to believe that life is risk-free or risk can be mitigated. We are always exposed to vulnerability and we can embrace it as part of the human experience called our life.

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  3. Ms. Strawberry, thank you for giving me a nudge to visit you. Apser what? Oh dear, I’m sorry what every it is. I hope you are okay. As for the quote, I do love quotes. I have tones of them written on Post It Notes at home and at work. I love all your quotes and I so glad your doing it for us. Looking forward to June quotes. Happy Mid May. 😛

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  4. Ace quote by Einstein 🙂 Mahatma Gandhi’s one is good too. The pansy is amazing. Thank you for sharing.
    My quote to live by:
    “Whatever you do in this world, always be true to yourself.” (Self here, implying others.)

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  5. I love hearing how the Einstein quote led you to creating a whole new life. I’ve collected quotes for years, usually ones that help me hang on when my grip is slipping. All of your May collection will go in that pile. And here’s another Winston Churcill quote, one that kept me moving forward when I didn’t think I could take another step into my life: “When you are going through hell, keep going.”

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  6. Wow! This one is truly a motivational piece of share, especially for a guy like me, Nancy. I personally liked the quote by Gandhi, which has widely extended meanings in every word. Thank ya so much for this great post. Have a good days ahead on this new month. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂
    PS: You looks really young in that photography as well! 😉 😀

    Rahul

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  7. Lovely…I’m a quote guy myself…The thing about quotes with me is they just hit you as if those specifics words were said/written just for you to hear/read at some specific moment in your life…

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  8. I love all these quotes Nancy! Thanks for sharing your story of how you discovered you like quotes – so many wise words out there have helped me too. I once had a rotten day at school, with a difficult student shouting at me, and I went into a bookstore after work, opened up a quotes book randomly, and there were words saying, roughly, there’s no point in being mad because the only person who suffers is yourself. I took it to heart and bought the book! Now you’ve reminded me of that, I must take a look at that book again! 😀

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    • Thanks Cathy, I’m very glad you liked the post. What you think matters to me.
      I guess little by little I became a quote person. I’m happy this inspired you to look at that book again. 🙂

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  9. Nancy, your story about the Einstein quotation reminds me of the quote, “When the student is ready, the master appears.” I love how you share these amazing quotes with us. I love the Rumi one. Still not ready to go there yet, but it is definitely on my itinerary. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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  10. Happy May Day to you…. and this was one of your best posts yet. I love your quotes. I bet you’d never guess how much I like quotes? 😀

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  11. Lovely Strawberryindigo I love the Einstein quote as well. Odd though, your past two posts did not post in my mobile reader as it often does…no clue why. I will try to figure it out. Happy May!

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