I collect quotes like some people collect stamps or photos. When something resonates, I will use it for weeks or months. Sometimes, I choose witty stuff, but it turns out to be a lie. So, I am ditching some quotes. I’m not going to say these anymore, and if you say them, I will challenge you.
In no particular order, with new choices:
Fake it till you make it.– Used extensively in a certain 12-step group that pretty much saved my life. It is better than, “I can’t.”
But words matter; the way we choose thoughts, and speak them, determine how we feel and how we affect others. We can think and speak success into the goal, and the journey, when we say, Act as if…
This works like, I think I can, I think I can from The Little Engine That Could.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. — Who even said this? No one really wants to lay claim to this level of cynicism. This influenced my decisions and kept me from taking risks for years! I’m shame-faced.
But Michael Faraday said, Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.
And, you know, some pretty amazing stuff has happened in my recent past. The laws of nature are not as harsh as I thought.
Better than I deserve, when someone asks how I am. I am reminding myself to be grateful. Yes, it is clever; yes, it provokes conversation. It is also a negative message about my value. I am intended to have an abundant life. And why shouldn’t a happy, peaceful, even blissful life be mine? What is stopping me?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.— A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson
I am tired of my fear of strangers. So I am building a little free library, which will help to introduce me to my neighborhood in a new way.
And here’s a really neat thing I learned, or re-learned: I don’t have to know what to say–I can just be for you without a word. Most everything is on the table; I only ask that we remember that everyone has a story. And though our story helped us become who we are, we are NOT our story. Let us love one another.
And last: Limits exist only in the mind. Aristotle