Quotes of the Day 11/14-11/20

Sunday November 20, 2016:

“Too many people overvalue what they are not & undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm Forbes

Many times in life we try to make ourselves look better & more qualified than we are  on paper or in a business interview, but when it comes to really proving what we can do, lack the self-confidence to do so. We often require at least one cheerleader to point our strengths out & thus, be motivated enough to use the God-given talents & abilities we’ve been given.

Saturday November 19, 2016:

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies & it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” -Osho

To be appreciated is to be loved; I like that concept. We would do better to care for the things we love, & thus appreciate people & things as they are.

Friday November 18, 2016:

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln

I’ve always loved this quote because rose bushes are truly beautiful & even though they have thorns, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the beauty they bring. In life, most good things or events may have an accompanying difficulty, but that difficulty is usually what helps us recognize the blessing. #perspective #paradigmshift

Thursday November 17, 2016:

“Felicity is in taste & not in things; & it is by having what one loves that one is happy, & not by having what others find agreeable.” -La Rochefoucauld

My doctor told me today to continue doing the things that make me happy & help me enjoy life (as a 9-month pregnant lady.) I realized that there are a good many small things that bring me happiness though– spending time with my husband, reading, churchgoing, ice cream, walks & observing nature….these are not things other people have told me they love, though. They’re truly things I enjoy & am happy to share with other people…..but I don’t expect anyone to love the same things!

Wednesday November 16, 2016:

“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.” – Perre Teilhard de Chardin

When we look at the mortal experience {life} through this paradigm, we might perhaps be able to take challenges in stride a little better. Our identity as children of God is a knowledge & treasure that can guide us through this existence with greater courage & hope than most any other factor alone.

Tuesday November 15, 2016:

“Deliberate practice is carefully planned & flow is spontaneous. Because deliberate practice requires working where challenges exceed skill & flow is most commonly experienced when challenge & skill are in balance. Deliberate practice is effortful & flow, by definition, is effortless.” -Angela Duckworth

So many times in life we all expect & want things to come to us quickly; it’s been referred to as the “entitlement age” by some. However, when we truly desire a skill, we have to work at it & then, at some glorious point in the future, that skill will be natural or flow for us….but only if we work at it in the present.

Monday November 14, 2016:

“All the water in the world,

No matter how it tried,

Could ever sink the smallest ship,

Unless it got inside.

All the evil of the world,

And every kind of sin,

Could never dam a human soul—

Unless we let it in.”

A little poem to start the quotes off this week! I have always liked this one, because of the implication it has about empowerment of self & one’s agency. In light of recent events in the U.S. election, I think it’s also a good reminder to stand for what we believe in, & raise our voices against those things that could do us in.

-Katie

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