Yesterday I posted about the “stream of consciousness” I sometimes need to get out on the blog. It felt so good just to clear out the cobwebs. It might not have been the post that builds traffic or moves me up in Google ranking. But getting out the boring stuff paves the way for my other thoughts to flow through. I’ve had a stirring of creativity lately (It’s really a cyclical thing every few weeks if we’re being honest. So, I guess I should really say I’m in my creative cycle right now). The ideas come about rather feverishly and I can never get them all done or even started before I’m out of the cycle and back into regular activities of daily living. I need to find a way to balance both, instead of being a mad woman in my crafting hole and then not at all on, say, a Tuesday. But, when there’s “clutter” in my brain I can’t get the ideas out of my head and into real life at all because I’m thinking about the boring stuff. I just “collect” the ideas on Pinterest and never do them and that’s not ACTUAL living. Hey self, that’s not ACTUAL living! (I needed to hear that).
So, there’s my long way of saying thanks for letting me unload the rather unexciting stuff every now and then so I can write about what I really want to write about.
Today I wanted to curate a little something I noticed over on my Tumblr while scrolling through the other day. I’ve collected quite a few quotes over there. As I was reading them I noticed that I liked the way they all sounded when read together. Of course all of them speak to me or I wouldn’t have collected them to begin with. But there was a little something different about seeing them all together. I felt like I could really see the feelings and moods and thoughts I was having when I originally collected them. I was interested to see if they were still relevant to me after the “moods” had passed. And they are. So they must be an important reminder to me. So, I thought I’d collect them all here in one giant note-to-self.
- Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? -Danielle LaPorte
- Before I am your daughter, your sister, your aunt, niece, or cousin, I am my own person. And I will not set fire to myself to keep you warm.
- I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance. -Jon Stewart
- It’s a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind. -Nagulb Mahfouz
- Writing is really just a matter of writing a lot, writing consistently, and having faith that you’ll continue to get better and better. Sometimes, people think that if they don’t display great talent and have some success right away, they won’t succeed. But writing’s about struggling through and learning and finding out what it is about writing itself that you really love. -Laura Kasichke
- I don’t want to look back in five years time and think “We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.” In 5 years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.
- In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. -Anne Frank
- Real love has little to do with falling. It’s a climb up the rocky face of a mountain, hard work, and most people are too selfish or too scared to bother. Very few reach the critical point in their relationship that summons the attention of the light and the dark, that place where they will make a commitment to love no matter what obstacles, or temptations, appear in their path.
- Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. -Helen Keller
- Oh my God. What if you wake up some day and you’re 65 or 75 and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. -Anne Lamott
- When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow. -Shauna Niequist
- You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. -Henry David Thoreau
- Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent. -Wendy Flynn
- No Rain. No Flowers.
- When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life. -Thich Nhat Hanh
- I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as an ordinary woman, to enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself. -Anais Nin
- I hope you live a life that you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. -F. Scott Fitzgerald
- As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. -Andrew Carnegie
- The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. -Galileo Galilei
- Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. -Paulo Coelho
- Buy less; choose well. -Vivenne Westwood
- I’m a dirt person. I trust dirt. I don’t trust diamonds and gold. -Eartha Kitt
- There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. -Aldo Leopold
- Going back to a simpler life based on living by sufficiency rather than excess is not a step backward. Rather, returning to a simpler way allows us to regain our dignity, puts us in touch with the land, and makes us value human contact again. -Yvon Chouinard
- Sow for yourselves righteousness; real steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, that He may come and rain righteousness on you. -Hosea 11:12
- I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in church thinking about the mountains. -John Muir
- I am more interested in your fruit than I am your theology. If your knowledge doesn’t better equip you to love, it’s worthless. -Mattie Montgomery
I listed them in the order that I collected them. I find it interesting how they all kind of flow together even though I found them on totally different days and from several different places. I think it pretty accurately sums up how I feel about much of life. I want to be closer to nature, closer to God, intentional with my relationships, dream bigger, do better, and try harder to love myself.
Do you have a favorite quote that really speaks to you? Share it with us in the comments section.