I used to have a friend who would flood my in-box with quotes.
This was long before twitter, eons before Pinterest and back in the day when FACEBOOK was perhaps a nascent idea but didnt yet exist.
I read the quotes.
I even kinda like a few of them.
I was baffled, however, by how much *she* loved loved the quotes & how *she* found such motivation in other people’s words.
I remember saying to her:
“Im not a big fan of quotes. I dont “get” them. I mean, I appreciate the sentiment and even adore a rare few, but my goal is to be the QUOTED not the QUOTER. I long–somedaysomeday—to have you emailing other people *my* words because they’ve so resonated with you.”
(I know. In revisiting this incident in my mind I, too, was a little horrified
by myself at the hubris of youth.)
Back then I fancied myself a writer.
I wrote & created in every spare moment I had.
I firmly believed (in my naive youthful fashion) there was no turn of phase she could send me which I would not some day trump with my own word-weavings.
I longed to ‘create the quote I wanted to read in the world.’
You know, to mangle a quote and all.
This has all been on my mind for almost a year now mainly due to a site which rhymes with Schminterest.
“Join!!!” People still admonish me. “Ive made the best boards! They’re filled with inspirational quotes!! I read them before I workout and I get soooo pumped!”
I *still*—10+ years since my friend has sent me a quote— furrow my now-wrinkled brow, shake my head and wonder to myself:
Yes, but wouldnt your OWN WORDS be far more inspiring and motivating for you?
It’s for the reason(s) verbosely detailed above the the remarks below brought a huge smile to my face.
When Patty shared she’d placed my words (!) as post-it notes in her journal:
And Charlotte informed she uses my words (!!) as a sort of mantra:
It felt to me as though Id completed a lofty life-goal I never thought Id achieve.
I was surprised & honored words *I* used to motivate, inspire and soothe myself would indeed be of help/inspiration to someone else.
If you cant tell it’s a stream of consciousness post on this Wednesday.
It’s a way I dont typically blog, yet as I pondered words or QUOTES for a (custom) necklace from the amazing Erica Sara (it’s never too soon to start planning gifts for turning 44, right?) I returned, again, to the fact I
hate dont much care for quotes.
Are there words of others you cling to for hope, inspiration or laughter?
Or have you found your own words/mantras are what you return to time & time again?
Be they your words or someone elses please to share your fave quote in the comments below.
You never know.
I may just be the
curmudgeonly canine old dog you can teach to love quotes…or Schminterest.