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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Don't Quote Me

There's nothing like a good quote to fill you with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and a feeling that all is right with the world, even if only momentarily.
Facebook has become flooded with feel-good quotes, posted and dished out to lift our spirits and make us better people. The problem with these quotes or just about any other good intention is that after we have read them or set them, we don't necessarily live them, when what we need to do is take that quote and turn it into a life-changing lesson. They need to have more of an impact and get more recognition than a quick, Oh that is so true- earning their place on a coffee mug or getting pinned on the "great quotes" board on Pinterest. We need to have them on display somewhere, on a mirror, on our forehead, written like a college kid cheat sheet in the palm of our hands, transcribed on our soul. I guess similar to prayer, cutting back on calories and brushing our teeth, we can't just do it once and think it will make a difference. Life requires a whole lot of repetition.
They say that we learn from our mistakes, our challenges, and our sorrows. That when things are going along swimmingly we’re not learning much, except I guess, how good life can be. So in reality, if we want to learn, to grow, to gain a boatload of wisdom, we should be welcoming any challenge that comes our way. In fact, sending out an open invitation to Mr. and Mrs. Trials and Tribulations, putting out the welcome mat and changing the sheets in the guest room.
I don't know about you, but I do prefer the "life can be good" lesson plan. But it seems it doesn't work that way and we need to get that well-rounded education. And some lessons you just don't get at all. You have to take the class over and over again, maybe try a different school, a different professor, and even then there is no guarantee you will pass. These lyrics from Kenny Loggins sum it up nicely.
Some lessons are forever
Never need to change
Write and the word is written
Then we turn the page
But some lessons take forever
time and time again
Caught in a battle that you can't surrender
And you never win


When I saw the quote below I had to share it with you. It made me laugh. And in fact, it encourages me to get out there, lose any fear around failure, and learn some more.
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