WHAT I AM READING: The Lost Continent (again!) Bill Bryson
WHAT I AM LISTENING TO: Mozart
WHAT IS MAKING ME SMILE: Reunions coming up at the conference
I was standing beside the microwave at work last week and there, pinned to the wall was a small piece of paper. On it was written
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves" Carl Jung.
As I waited for the two minute ting of the microwave, I rapidly re-interpreted the day’s annoyances. Go Carl – a timely bit of self-awareness.
I love inspirational quotes. The one that struck a chord and first got me writing was "If you aim for the stars, you might get to the top of the tree. If you aim for the top of the tree, you might never get off the ground".
The absence of promises, of unrealistic expectations was liberating, as was the kick to the pants to just get going.
Sometimes, it’s the mental picture that helps. When facing a daunting task, I remember one friend who would always say, “How do you eat an elephant? One mouthful at a time.”
Or there’s “A ship in the harbour is safe. But that is not what ships are built for.”
Sometimes it’s nifty wordplay. “The difference between theory and practice is not much in theory but an awful lot in practice.”
Which segues nicely into “Experience is knowledge. Everything else is just information.”
I like quotes which are uplifting but realistic. "Happiness is not getting what you want but wanting what you have".
A good quote never dates which is why Desiderata is timeless. Every line is quotable but it provides some of the best exit lines.
"With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy".
Please share a favourite quote and why it speaks particularly to you.