Well, there’s no way I can pick one favorite. So, here are a few highlights.
I heard a football coach say once: If your feet touch the ground, you’re tall enough. I kinda could’ve kissed him.
Before he was my husband, Jeff said: I wanted you the second you ordered banana and pecan (pee-can) pancakes. I did kiss him.
And here are sage words for work–that I can’t always follow while I’m at work. You can take it literally: write on red wine, edit on coffee. I also read it this way: write on right brain, edit on left brain (if I only had a left brain). Or even: write in a creative cloudburst, edit in a bright quiet.
I have to include a few from the Disney persuasion, of course.
And I can’t choose my favorite part of scripture. But I do love this. Because every good and perfect gift is from above. And fear is just a lie.
There’s something sad but very hopeful in this quote. Of all the people that smile at me during the day, how many of them actually feel happy? And how many times have I done that: faked an emotion I didn’t believe in? When I first read this I thought, “That’s so effing true.” We are our most honest selves when we’re alone — when no one is watching. If we can find that happiness when we’re not pressured to, we’ll have found something truly great.
Yep…that’s probably the only quotation I can think of that could be considered a “favorite” of mine. It’s also one of the few quotes I could think of that a) I can recite from memory, b) I think worthy to use as an answer to a question like this, c) I hope makes people stop and think, and d) most importantly, that I try and live in my everyday life.
It’s such a simple statement. It doesn’t beat around the bush or take hours to decipher the meaning. There’s beauty in simplicity and there’s beauty and honesty in such a profound statement. I know for a fact that I do not have the life experience, the wisdom, or the self-assured attitude to believe I am more in the right than anyone else in any of my ideas or actions. That I can pass down judgements on those whom I don’t agree with or identify with.
But…were it only as easy to practice as it is to read or say. Oftentimes I start down the path of forming an opinion (mainly regarding something in the negative), and I will stop myself midway to remember, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Do I want people to form the same types of opinions about me? Do I want them to hold a negative or incorrect view of something I did or said? I can guarantee you that I do not. I ultimately try and live my life viewing everyone and everything around me at face value. I don’t look for hidden meanings. I don’t believe people are something they’re not. I hope that everyone truly has good intentions in both word and deed.
Perhaps it’s why I’m so gullible. I believe everything and believe in everyone. Some people may think that naive, but I wouldn’t want to live in a world where I had to believe otherwise. Life just wouldn’t be as sweet. So try it out every now and then…quoting to yourself, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Give people the break you would hope they give you, and believe they also have nothing but the best of intentions.
I know you have one, or five, favorite quotes. Tell me!