Friday, October 17, 2008

Words of Wisdom-a post around quotes

I haven't done a quote post in a while, but I have a building list in an email draft that I save each time I get a daily quote email that really speaks to me. These ones really seem to fit my life.

"I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time."
– Herbert Bayard Swope

I think I'm guilty of this at times, especially lately. I need to remember that sometimes I need to take care of me first. I can't please everyone all the time, and quite honestly, I don't want to...can you imagine how exhausting that would be?

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
– Anna Quindlen

We as humans are not perfect, far from it in fact. But that's okay, that's part of the beauty of living. We can be perfect in our own ways and we do that by becoming ourselves. We make mistakes, it's how we learn. And on that note...

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."
– Victoria Holt

What a wonderful sentiment that so many of us often forget. I know I'm guilty of that one. I recognize things as experience...but I think I regret too much sometimes. I think I'm going to adopt this sentiment to live life without regrets. What a great attitude to have about life. And to wrap up...

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
– Theodore Seuss Giesel

Everything can always come back to Dr. Seuss. This is one of my favorite sayings, one which I seem to frequently know, while I'm off trying to please everyone. Of course saying what you feel doesn't have to mean you say the first thing that pops into your head, there is always room for tact and diplomacy. But saying what you feel is can't expect people to divine your inner thoughts. It's not fair to them and it will only frustrate or upset you.


Gramma Ann said...

Lovely post today. But you already know I love "quotable quotes."

Have a nice week-end with the family.

Anonymous said...

Loving Dr. Suess, he seemed to really get it. This was a great post, I hope it made you feel better. I know it has been a rough week for you, but hopefully some nice family time will make things right. Enjoy.

Kimberly said...

Brilliant quotes! Very inspiring!

Jaina said...

Gramma Ann-Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. :) I hope you had a lovely weekend as well. :)

Cheryl-He really did, I would seriously love to sit and have a conversation with him. Or just go to the playground and sit on the swings all day. Family time was great, just what I needed.