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[Day 13] Favorite Quotes

Today is day 13 of the blog challenge. After 12 days of really long posts, I’m going to give myself a little (and much needed) break.

My topics to choose from are:

1) Favorite Quote

OR

2) Philosophy of life – where it came from, how it’s different than what you were taught growing up.

I’m going to share a couple of quotes that’ve stuck with me over the years.

I have always had a fascination with dichotomy. Black and white. High and low. Dark and light. My life has been characterized by extremes and my personal mission has been to find and maintain a sort of equilibrium.

So first up, a quote by Marianne Williamson I read when I was just a teen and has sunk in more throughout the years.

Marianne Williamson quote

Here’s the whole quote:

“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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ 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 people won’t feel insecure around you. 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 all of us. And when 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.” -Marianne Williamson

And two, is by my favorite band of all time, mewithoutYou. What I appreciate most about this band is how honest and emotional their music is. This is from a song called “O, Porcupine.”

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That’s it for today.

I’d love to hear your favorite quotes and why you love them. Leave me a comment below.

D.H. Lawrence quote
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D.H. Lawrence Quote

D.H. Lawrence quote

I thought I’d switch it up a bit this week and share one of my favorite quotes with you. Which also happens to be a beautiful affirmation.

The first time I saw this D.H. Lawrence quote was in a calendar I bought in Denver while visiting my sister.

Here is an expansion of the quote:

“We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.”

When I read this I experience a vastness and presence I can only describe as absolute beauty.

Accompanied by a feeling of safety. Serenity. Infinity.

What comes up for you when you read it? Please share with me in the comments section below.

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust (Journal Time!)

I recently asked a coworker how she stayed sane while working so many hours.

“Faith, trust and pixie dust,” she replied.

I hadn’t realized that was from Peter Pan until a few nights ago when me and the fam were laying in bed watching it together.

I thought it was interesting that in order to fly, they simply had to think about something they loved or something they really wanted.

They didn’t have to think about how they’d get in the air, or even about flying at all.

By focusing on something wonderful, they allowed it to happen.

Same goes for us in real land.

Pleasant thoughts raise our vibration.

They make us feel good.

And when we feel good, we are flying.

It reminds me of the old Emerson quote,

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

It’s true.

You won’t accomplish much if you’re not excited about the outcome.

When you are excited and hopeful, the universe will provide the pixie dust.

No questions asked.

(And I’m not talking about the drug)

 

So for today, write a list of 10 words that make you feel good.

When you’re done, read them out loud, taking note of the word that makes you feel your absolute best.

Make it your theme word for the day.

Let’s say your word is spectacular. Find ways to incorporate the word itself into your day. Jump at the opportunity to use it in sentences.

Deliberately do things that will make you feel spectacular.

Or say, “I am spectacular!  Better recognize.”

BE SPECTACULAR.

You already are.

You don’t even have to try.