I am jumping to Fly Lady a bit early here, but I thought Monday’s activity needed a post all of its own. On day 9, I was supposed to create some “inspiration pages” in my Home Control Journal. I went and looked up my favorite quotes, which I wrote in my “everything notebook.” I will put them in my Journal. These are my favorite quotes, and I think you may enjoy them as well.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it requires some of the same courage that a solider needs. Peace has its victories, but it take brave men and women to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I now realize, God, how much you have given me. So much that was beautiful and so much that was hard to bear. Yet whenever I showed myself ready to bear it, the hard was directly transformed into the beautiful.
Etty Hillesum (before dying in the Holocaust)
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
So, what are some of your favorite quotes?