Hello, awesome readers.
Do you like quotes?
I like quotes.
Because they remind me that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
Sadly, some extraordinary things go unnoticed.
Like my friend, Lee. We’ve known each other forever and neither of us really remembers how we connected. We’re friends on Facebook and we both enjoy words, movies, and movie scores. We appreciate one another as “real people” and yet we’ve never met. To me, Lee is an ordinary person fighting an extraordinary battle: the battle of his life. He’s fighting the nasty “c” word (no title case on purpose).
Oh and I can’t talk about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary feats without mentioning my friends Marlene, Wendy, Patty, and Isabelle. All single moms doing an awesome job with either no help from the co-creators of their creations or living with the complications of having created their creations with said co-creators.
They do it all. They bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and then scrub that pan clean for tomorrow after tomorrow after tomorrow.
My hat off to you, ladies!
And now, onto those quotes I promised you.
Like this one by Eleanor Roosevelt:
A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
This is a great reminder that we ALL possess a secret inner power. So secret in fact, that even WE forget sometimes.
Or this one by Cherie Lunghi:
I just want to say to women, ‘Be yourself. It’s the inner beauty that counts. You are your own best friend, the key to your own happiness. And as soon as you understand that – and it takes a few heartbreaks – you can be happy.’
How profound is that? It makes you think … and ask questions. Why is it that we need to go through disappointment and heartbreak before we can finally realize that we are in charge of our own happiness; that we are enough for ourselves?
And then there’s this one by Madonna:
A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.
How many times have we quietly put ourselves aside because we didn’t want to inconvenience someone else. What is wrong with us? We matter too! In fact, we should all write this in lipstick across our bathroom mirrors:
I also like this one by Anita Roddick:
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.
While she calls it ‘advice for an entrepreneur’, I think it applies to everyone. Be different. Be YOU. You’ll always do a better job at being you than you will at trying to be someone else.
And Ayn Rand’s:
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Awesome. Just awesome.
Speaking of awesome, this quote by Virginia Woolf is my current fave:
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
This quote can be interpreted in so many ways. It says that life is sometimes a battle between who we are to the outside world and who we’re struggling to be from the inside.
It also says that while we may have the best of intentions, sometimes we cross paths with someone who wants nothing more than to see us fail; not because it will affect them in any way but because their perception of our achievements is a direct indication that they should be making more of an effort. But they don’t. Instead they’d rather spend their time trying to sabotage our efforts.
Demented, I know. But there are people like that. What do you do in this case? Take the advice of Hellen Keller:
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Feel free to leave your fave quote in the comments below. We all have days when life isn’t cooperating and maybe – just maybe – your comment will be exactly what someone else needed to hear.
PS. I wrote this post while sitting at Enoteca Monza – Pizzeria Moderna. Thank you. I wasn’t able to write from home because the laundry was yelling at me so really appreciated the home-away-from-home ambiance. Also, the wine glass with the letter “M” … nice touch!
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