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Gee, Here’s A Little Encouragement To Seize The Day

20 Mar

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Emily Dickinson’s wise words: “Forever is composed of nows.”

Create your forever by seizing the nows, and making the most of each one. Don’t put off taking that trip to Malaysia or writing that novel or calling up that friend or learning to play that instrument or climbing that mountain. Own your nows.

Thanks for that kick in the butt, Em.

Gee, A Lil Quotation Inspiration

1 Aug

For some reason, I am fascinated by quotations (yes, I said “quotations” not quotes – my high school English teacher drilled into our heads the concept that “quote” is a verb, “quotation” is a noun and this rule cannot be broken).  Yes, they are words, but they are not just words.  I love searching for just the right combination of words that evokes emotion or thought.  They are not empty fluff, but they carry a weight.

One of my Quotation Crafts

I often find myself scrounging for quotations when I am crafting.  I put quotations on plaques and in collages, and I want the words to be just right for the feeling of the piece.  These words might come from a song, a book, a speech, a movie…anything really.  The author is also extremely important.  If I find a wonderful phrase and the mind behind it happens to be some controversial politician, the magnitude of the thought is ruined.

Today was one of those days that I spent rifling through pages and pages of quotations in search of a good one for a plaque that I am making.  As I surfed through Quoteland.com, I found that I really appreciate Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s thought bubbles.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.”
  • “A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.”
  • “Every wall is a door.”
  • “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
  • “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”
  • But this one really struck me:

    “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

    It is ridiculously simple.  A second grader could pen this, in all reality.  But it is so true and it carries meaning beyond plain observation.  It’s a reminder: when things get extremely dark and unbearable, you can see the beauty of the stars.  All is not lost.