How are you doing? It feels like I’ve put in a lot of effort lately without much to show. Just spinning my wheels with nothing tangible to hold in my hands. Today I talked with my college friend, who always cheers me, despite her dealing with a horrible cold.
So, as Barb did for me, I want these encouraging words to make you feel better. Today’s messages all come from women. Let the ladies reassure us, now and always.
I wholeheartedly ascribe to their calls for more enthusiasm, risk-taking, and imagination.
Colette, French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. 1873 – 1954
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. — Colette
Erica Jong, American novelist and poet. 1942 –
And the trouble is if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong
Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer. 1924 – 2014 Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. Lauren Bacall
Thanks for stopping by,
A sampling of more Pause and Revitalize posts, which I try to post on Wednesdays. They get me through the mid-week hurdles.
I just returned from a visit to my physical therapist and, let me tell you, I work hard. It’s still the torn rotator cuff, but I’m improving. As soon as I got home I took a couple of Ibuprofen to get a jump on the pain.
I can still accomplish tasks today, but I want to reach to those of you who work hard and share words of inspiration.
So, let’s do this. I’ve thrown in a quote from Winston Churchill, the man who inspired the people of England to keep on keeping on while the Germans dropped bombs over their cities.
William James, American philosopher and psychologist. 1842 – 1910
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact. William James
Colin Powell, American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. 1937 –
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell
Winston Churchill, British Statesman and Prime Minister. 1874 – 1965
If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill
Work hard, at least as best you can, torn rotator cuffs and such notwithstanding. Hope you have a productive day!
As the year winds down, In Memoriam lists crop up to remind us of life’s fragility. In the spirit of hope I share a poem I first encountered in 1989 when my brother died of cancer.
At the time the author was unknown, but has since been identified. Mary Elizabeth Frye, an American housewife and florist, wrote it in 1932.
A while back I created this image for Pinterest, For everyone who has ever lost anyone, I share this with you:
Mary Elizabeth Frye, American Housewife and Florist, 1905 – 2004
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die. — Mary Elizabeth Frye
Happy New Year,
A sampling of previous Pause and Revitalize quotes:
Thanksgiving Thoughts: This is the day of preparations — traveling to see family and friends, last-minute grocery shopping, baking delicious creations — because tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. I want to extend my gratitude to our customers, readers of my blog, and those who pin these words of encouragement on Pinterest.
A big thank you goes to Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Productions for her artwork. Mary Beth shared a few pieces of her art and I’m thrilled to use them with this week’s motivational thoughts.
Today I’m quoting a musician, writer, and surfer, all currently living. Here we go:
Yo-Yo Ma, acclaimed cellist and songwriter, U.N Messenger of Peace. 1955 –
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma
Joan Didion, American author. 1934 –
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. Joan Didion
Bethany Hamilton, American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack. 1990 –
Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. Bethany Hamilton
I want to celebrate creativity today. I’ve started a couple of projects lately but — because everything takes longer than expected — nothing has reached completion. Alas, my paint projects languish.
Instead, most of my time focuses on bookkeeping, boxing items for shipment, taking photos, writing blurbs, visiting estate sales. I will argue that art can envelope any of our endeavors but, let’s face it, some tasks are less exciting than others. The good news is that we are selling things on our Etsy shop.
David and I will transport a gorgeous Mid-Century Modern dining table set from our warehouse today to the booth. It will be fun to arrange things, but I’m itching to get back to those painting projects and finish them.
So today, let’s celebrate creativity in all forms with these inspirational quotes.
Søren-Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author. 1813 – 1855 “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” Søren-Kierkegaard
Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. 1928 – 2014 “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
Joseph Chilton Pearce, American author of books on human development and child development. 1926 – 2016 “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce
I try to post Pause and Revitalize posts on my blog every Wednesdays. Here are a few previous ones:
It’s raining Tuesday evening as I check the weather reports on Hurricane Matthew. Tomorrow we’ll gas up the SUV and shop for bottled water, canned goods and batteries. Preparation plans advise stocking up on supplies for 3 to 7 days in case we lose electricity and water.
I just read that canned cat food is better than dry during these storms because it helps cats stay hydrated and they’ll drink less water, a precious commodity.
I imagine thousands of people along the southeast coast bordering on the Atlantic Ocean will be asked to evacuate. Because we’re about 12 miles from the beach, we’re advised to shelter in place. We’ll get plenty of rain and wind — and our creek may flood. Hurricane Matthew will visit us on Friday. Watchful waiting.
Let’s shift over to comforting and encouraging thoughts for all mental health. Remember, whatever you need to do, not only can you do it, but you can do it well. Two of today’s quotes deal with courage — we always have it, thought sometimes we must dig deep. The final quote asks us to imagine we’re angels.
John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer. 1907-1979
Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
Sir Winston Churchill, British Statesman and Prime Minister. 1874 – 1966 Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Sir Winston Churchill
Luciano de Crescenzo, Italian writer, film actor, director, engineer. (1928 – ) We are all angels with only one wing. Only when we come together can we fly. Luciano de Crescenzo
See you next week,
Here are a few previous Pause and Revitalize posts, if you want to immerse yourself in encouraging words as I prepare for Hurricane Matthew.
I read Studs Turkel’s final book titled Hope Dies Last (2004) when it first came out. A journalist, Turkel collected oral histories from people of all walks of life. His book’s title comes from a comment made by a farm worker — and I embrace it. On the occasions I’ve found myself in seemingly hopeless situations, I repeat this mantra. The flame of hope may flicker but it never goes out — and I want to believe, never will.
Here’s Jessie’s quote: With us there’s a saying, “La esperanza muera ultima. Hope dies last.” You can’t lose hope. If you lose hope, you lose everything.—Jessie de la Cruz, retired farm worker
Now, on to today’s inspiration.
Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. (1944 – )
“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make for yourself.” Alice Walker
Aldous Huxley, English writer, novelist, philosopher. (1894 – 1963)
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley
Sir Tom Stoppard, British playwright and screenwriter. (1937 – )
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” Tom Stoppard
It’s pouring rain right now, thanks to a Severe Thunderstorm called 93L. We’ll see if she turns into Tropical Storm Julia. When thunderstorms pass through, we don’t blink an eye because it’s still hurricane season in Florida. We blink when a hurricane churns directly toward us.
That’s my good news for today: we’re dealing with a thunderstorm but not a hurricane. Not only that, I accomplished a lot of work today and feel . . . content. I wish you the same.
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and patron saint of writers and journalists (1567 – 1622)
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”St. Francis de Sales
Richard Wagner, German composer and conductor (1813 – 1883)
“Imagination creates reality.” Richard Wagner
Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist (1928 – 2014)
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
A sampling of previous Pause and Revitalize posts: