“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
I just saw this Mark Twain quote on a blog the other day and it made me stop in my tracks. Have I experienced that other important day yet? I don’t know that I’ve figured out why I’m here just yet. I have some ideas but nothing that makes me go, “Yes, this is it. This is exactly why I’m here.”
I just turned 53 and still searching for my raison d’etre. Have you figured out why you’re here??
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden
Isn’t that the truth?! We are at our most naked when adversity strikes. We have the opportunity to see what we’re made of, and suddenly we find we have abilities that we didn’t know we had. There are always valuable lessons in times of trouble. We learn who we are, and most important, what we’re capable of in terms of surviving.
I always try to see a bright side in desperate times. It’s not always easy, but as they say, there is a silver lining in every cloud. May you be able to always see yours.
People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
What a beautiful quote. I think my inner light needs re-lit! My flame seems to have died down to a mere flicker here lately. I’ve been in the doldrums for a few weeks now. And I know what the problem is: I have yet to accept myself AS I AM. I have spent a lifetime battling my weight and dammit, it really gets me down sometimes! I’m so fed up. The older I get, the harder it is to lose.
I need to just love myself the way I am and realize that this is simply the way God made me. It’s been a lifelong war and I’m just tired fighting it. For the last 7 weeks I’ve eaten nothing but hard boiled eggs, chicken and cabbage wraps and yogurt…and I lost a whoppin’ 2 pounds. Whippee shit. Very depressing.
Oh how I wish I could be happy just being me. What’s worse, the older I get, I find it even harder to love and accept myself. I used to have so much self-confidence…even back when I was way bigger than I am now. I was invincible. There was nothing I couldn’t achieve and my weight never stopped me from anything. Well, it stopped me from trying to water ski, but that’s another story altogether. I think you know what I mean. My self-confidence oozed from me and in turn I accomplished much. So what happened to that girl who was brimming with self-assuredness? What happened to my self-confidence? I can tell you one thing: It has up and left the damn building.
Could it be that I think time is running out? Truth be told, time is running out. I can’t let myself languish in despair. Maybe tomorrow I can get up and turn up that flame within so that my beauty can shine through again. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross nailed it with her powerful quote: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” So true. May your inner light shine bright so the world can see how beautiful you really are!
So how does Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ quote speak to you? Can you relate?
We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~ Thornton Wilder
To me, this quote is talking about living in gratitude. If we continue to be conscious of our treasures and that which we are grateful for then we can continue to fully live.
It’s hard sometimes to always have a grateful heart. Life gets in the way, our moods challenge our peace of mind and obstacles seem to bombard us. But so long as we are able to always count our blessings then we will find happiness. We will live full and vibrant lives.
I get in my own way sometimes, and most times, truth be told. I do let the negative drag me down at times but I strive for peace of mind. It’s impossible to always be in that positive state but we should aim to have our moments of gratitude always outweigh those moments of negativity and despair.
What about you? Are you able to always be conscious of your treasures? Do you live life in gratitude? How do you interpret this quote?
When someone finds you brilliant, peaceful, or attractive, accept their opinion rather than your own.
~ Alan Cohen
Here’s another Alan Cohen quote. I just love Alan Cohen! I particularly like this quote because I’m always surprised when people compliment me because usually I’m bashing myself with my own negative self-talk and my internal chatter.
I had read this quote the morning of a day when I was repeatedly complimented on my smarts and my looks. I finally decided to take this quote to heart and accept these other opinions of me. It felt so good!
I inherently know that I’m pretty and I know that I’m bright, and I definitely am very gracious in accepting compliments with a simple Thank You. But I know I don’t often BELIEVE them. Or I find that my other (perceived?) flaws way way overshadow those positive aspects of myself. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I think a great many of us have so much negative self-talk going on that we often can’t see the absolute truths about ourselves. And that’s sad. Truly.
So, starting today, I’m going to try to silence that booming voice in my head that quashes all the compliments and instead I’m going to repeat Alan’s quote until it is drilled into my stubborn head! I think my life will be so much more enjoyable if I do. How about you? Does your internal chatter deter you from the truth??