Inspirational Quote – Topic: Change

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.

~ Gilda Radner

Inspirational Quote – Topic: Fear

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life — specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you venture too far.

~ Erica Jong

Change Is Good But Not Always Fast

Photo Common Jay Butterfly on Yellow ChrysanthemumA quick peek at the dates on my posts shows I’ve been somewhat absent recently. The fact is I needed time to think about, wonder about and evaluate recent choices and paths. Those sessions revealed I wasn’t living fully my core passions and helped clarify what those passions TRULY are: (1) teaching (2) writing (3) reading for fun (4) reading to learn and (5) living simply. So I ordered several books on the areas where I would like to grow and improve, starting with focus.

After reading and working through The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard a lightbulb (or three!) went off. Suddenly I was knee-deep in an idea that will change my life. Continue reading Change Is Good But Not Always Fast

Quote of the Month – Topic: Change

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea. (Pearl S. Buck)

From the moment I first read it, I’ve loved this quote. It cracks me up and makes me cringe simultaneously. Lately, I’ve come in contact with quite a few people adamant about sticking with their way of doing things, and sadly, most of these people are over the age of 50. Why is that?

Why, as we age, do we become less open to new ways of doing things?

Is it totally a fear of change? Or is it an ego thing – we think we know what’s best and no one else can tell us otherwise?

Personally, I love reading about new ways to do something or new ways to look at an idea. Perhaps that’s the Gemini in me. Or, maybe, I’m just an open-minded person so new ideas and change don’t frighten me nearly as much as they might when I’m older and have less road ahead of me than behind me.

Whatever the answer, I do hope I will never lose my vigor for listening to another side of a story or practicing a new way of growing my business or learning an improved method of telling my tales.

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
(Mark Twain)

Change is inevitable, and if we live our lives in fear of change, or refusing to make changes, then I think we’ll find ourselves suffering way more than need be.

And on that note, I want to let you know I’ll be changing the regularity with which I post my favorite quotes in 2010. Going forward, I’ll simply post a quote as I come across it in my notes or while reading, so that could mean one a week, one a month or one every two months. I just wanted to give you a heads up so the change wouldn’t take you by surprise.

My blog goals for 2010 include posting movie and book reviews on a regular basis along with excerpts from my WIP. Thus, I’ve cut myself some slack on the posts for monthly quotes so I don’t overwhelm my poor old muse. Goddess knows I don’t need her going on strike 🙂

2010 is going to be a really productive year for me so I hope you stay tuned and chime in with your feedback when and where you feel the urge to leave your two cents.

I value all feedback!

Quote of the Week – Topic: Life

When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.

Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?

Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal. (Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks)

Whoa! Take a minute and really digest this quote. Yes, it’s deep, but extremely profound. So often we here the phrase, “It’s life or death,” that we forget the two really aren’t opposites of one another. The last sentence of this quote really threw me for a loop. I wanted to post the quote and spread the message; however, I haven’t fully digested its meaning (for me) just yet. I plan to edit this post once I’ve had more time to formulate my response.

But it’s a cool quote, don’t you think? What thoughts or feelings did reading it bring up inside you?

Quote of the Week – Topic: Fear

If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe. (Woody Allen)

This is a quote I’ve connected with from the moment I first read it years ago. I really believe the only true failure is not trying again. I’ve put this into practice with my (many) attempts at love. I’ve had my heart broken more than once, but I refuse to give up. Maybe I’m just really stubborn, but whatever the reason, I never accept failure as the final resolution to a situation. And I never settle to avoid another potential failure.

The scariest place in my life to put this quote into action is my writing. I’ve definitely played it safe in that department, but I’m changing. I can see the pool of potential failure but I’m sticking my pinky toe in…we’ll see how it goes *grin*.

Quote of the Week – Topic: Risk

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. (T.S. Eliot)

I really dig this quote. It is so empowering and a huge boost to my motivation to explore and experience life, not just live it. I guess this also ties into a fear of the unknown and possibly a fear of failure. After all, when risk is involved, most people would rather be safe than sorry.

I can play it a little safe sometimes, usually only in situations where physical harm is possible though. Sky diving, bungee jumping and cave hiking are all physical activities I’d love to try, but my safe mechanism is making it a little difficult for my heart to convince my head.

When it comes to writing, I definitely need to put Eliot’s words into action. I’m often afraid that the stories and themes I explore in my writing are too out there for mainstream audiences. At the same time though, maybe there’s a group of people just waiting to read what the characters experience in my stories, what situations they face and overcome or fail. Who knows. The point: I should be writing, writing, writing!

I’ll always wonder if I never know and I’ll never know until I do it.
(That’s a quote by moi.)

Do you want to take a risk in your life? What stops you? Do you think it’s your head or your heart stopping you?

Quote of the Week – Topic: Risk

How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. (Trina Paulus)

Whoa, that’s a powerful couple of sentences, eh? You have to want something so much that you’re willing to give up the safety of your current existence to go for your dreams and never look back. The transformation will not be quick and painless, but the payoff is being able to let go of that fear of the unknown and embrace the possibilities in the future.

That’s a hard pill to swallow for most people. The (sometimes misleading) comfort level we all experience, from the job we work but don’t enjoy to the marriage we’re committed to but secretly resent, the idea of being comfortable can truly keep us imprisoned within that which we are trying to escape in the first place.

I’m not in love with my husband, but I’m safe here. I know what to expect on a daily basis. It sure beats having to date again. I couldn’t even imagine having to do that all over again. I’m sure we’ve all heard this sort of statement from someone in our lives. Or, some variation of it. The sad thing is while this person basks in the glow of being comfortable, they’re missing out on possibly finding their soul mate. All because they were too scared to take that first step, to leave behind the life they’d sustained, in pursuit of the life they’d always dreamed of.

I hate my job. I wish I could (insert career / hobby) for a living. If I didn’t have a wife/husband, kids, loans, (insert other excuses, er, reasons), I’d go for it. I’d support myself doing that. I know we’ve all heard this from someone we know, and we’ve all probably said it at least once in our lives. Oftentimes, people are so paralyzed by their fear of not having “stuff,” they forget that wonder and excitement during our childhoods when we speculated and toyed around with the many ideas for what we wanted to be when we grew up. I doubt any of us sat around in the 5th grade and talked about being a slave to a corporate giant or sitting under florescent lighting in a claustrophobic cubby for eight hours doing meaningless tasks whilst wishing we could just catch a glimpse of the sun or a whiff of fresh air.

It seems really sad to me. Perhaps no one is ever told they have the power to choose their path. Perhaps no one is given the tools to sustain such hope and passion. At any rate, if you really, truly want something, then you’ll leave behind all the reasons why you can’t, look forward and go for it!

Where does that desire for living our dreams go? Is it sucked out of us by society and its rigid adherence to the normal way to do things? Why don’t we all grow up to be exactly what we truly want to be?

Quote of the Week – Topic: Fear

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
~ H. Jackson Browne

What I love about this quote is its simplicity. The truth is–the “fruit” usually is dangling, high up in a tree, way out on a limb. You just have to trust that the branch won’t break because getting that “fruit” is key to your survival. And if the branch breaks, you just hope you’ll land on some soft grass or at least a cushy bear.