Friday, April 30, 2010

Favorite Quotes . . . Do You Have One?

When I was writing my memoir Breastless in the City I was already thinking of the quote I wanted for the beginning pages of the book. I wanted something to inspire but also speak to the life I have lived so far. So I decided on a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. . . "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Most recently this quote by Miles Davis resonates with me . . . "Do not fear mistakes. . . there are none." I have always felt as though everything that has happened in my life was for a reason. Believe it or not . . . even the bad stuff.

The Serenity Prayer has helped me many times. My Dad taught it to me when he learned it through Alcoholics Anonymous. . .

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

I think that quotes and prayers can help us in countless ways when we are going through tough times. They can inspire us, speak to us, and make us look at our situations differently. At times even lend much needed perspective to help us see through the darkness.

I could go on and on here because there are so many great quotes but now I want to hear from you guys!

Is there a quote has really resonated with you in your life?


Anonymous said...

The one that got me through my chemo was from a country song that was popular that summer by Rodney Atkins. The quote (or lyrics) are:

"If you're going through hell,
keep on moving',
don't slow down,
if you're scared don't show it,
you might get out
'fore the devil even knows you're there."

I played this song ALL the time when I was on chemo, and now that I've been done for *gulp* almost a year and a half, it's amazing how the words still resonate with me, especially when I'm faced with a challenge.

Cathy Bueti said...

Hi Michelle!

Thanks for sharing that....its a good one! Congrats on your survival!

Yes, some things really stay with us and have the potential to help us still...