My name is Min and I am addicted to quotes. Not just any quotes though, quotes that are deep and meaningful and thought-provoking, sometimes confronting, and often inspiring. They are a combination of words so beautifully crafted that they can take my breath away and have me in awe and wonder as to why I could not throw those words together myself because they so beautifully express my thoughts or they express the thoughts I didn’t yet realise I had! Sometimes there are many words, sometimes very few, but always the words speak to me and touch me in some meaningful way.
I search for quotes that speak to me and I save them. There are days when I feel the need to choose and share a quote and on these days I go through my collection of saved quotes and I choose one to match my mood, feelings or thoughts on that day. Sometimes something happens that reminds me of a quote that I have saved and I am driven to share it on that day. I share the quotes on Instagram and they feed from there through to Facebook and Twitter.
Here are some samples of the last five quotes that I have shared and my thoughts on each. Remember though that we might all interpret quotes differently and some quotes could be interpreted in more than one way. These are just my thoughts at a particular moment in time.
Shared yesterday – Wednesday 19 April 2017 with the following thoughts:
Are you on the treadmill of life, going through the motions each day like a robot. You’re feeling no passion, no excitement for the day ahead, no joy in what you do. Did you get swept away by what or who you thought others expected you to be or do or what you thought would make you more popular or liked? Are you telling yourself you’re loving what you do and that you’re happy but deep inside you know that is a lie? Have you ever stopped long enough to look deep within to rediscover yourself and acquaint yourself with what lights your fire? What makes you happy? What do you enjoy doing? What are your talents or passions or interests? Have you ever realigned your life so that you can live more authentically as you? Don’t be what you pretend to be. Know you and then be you!
Shared on Wednesday 12 April 2017 with no personal thoughts.
However, here’s some thoughts now:
I think the key to happiness and being the best version of yourself is to understand yourself well and to love and accept yourself as you are. To be comfortable in your own skin. Then, with no self-issues taking up mind space, causing emotional & mental anguish and using up your energy, you are far better placed to provide love, guidance, support and care to others.
Shared on Sunday 2 April 2017 with the following thoughts:
Have you read the book ‘The Alchemist’ by Paul Coelho? If not, I highly recommend it.
This is one of the many pearls of wisdom within the book.
The fear of suffering could be aligned to anxiety. Anxiety thinks up worse case scenarios and can
catastrophize, hence the fear of suffering being worse than the suffering itself.
Shared on Friday 24 March 2017 with the following thoughts:
This is something that has become very true for me as I have gotten older.
I am kind to all but my time and energy is precious!
Love yourself enough to set boundaries to ensure your own well-being is protected.
Shared on Monday 20 March 2017 with the following thoughts:
I love to learn much more now as a mature-aged adult than I did when I was a school-aged adolescent BUT only the things that interest me – and there are quite a few things that do! If something interests me, I want to know it all and I am committed and passionate about it. If it doesn’t, the concentration and commitment just isn’t there. How about you? Do you like learning?
Are you a lover of a good quote? Which would be your favourite quote out of the five within this post?
Ciao for now,
Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:
Leanne of Deep Fried Fruit
Lyndall of Seize the Day Project
Kathy of 50 Shades of Age
and Jo of And Anyways
It doesn’t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all five blogs.
I’m not a huge quote person, but every so often I see one and it sings to me. I heard a poem in an episode of lewis a couple of months back that hasn’t left my head. It’s by Shelley and called Love’s Philosophy and the line “and the moonbeams kiss the sea” is so incredibly beautiful.
“And the moonbeams kiss the sea” is beautiful. I love things like that too. 🙂
I love quotes too, especially these more meaningful ones rather than the one to three word quotes.
My favourite of these five is the one about the fear of suffering being worse than any potential suffering itself. I remind my self this constantly!
I love that Paul Coelho quote too Ingrid. That book ‘The Alchemist’ was a good one I must say! I must re-read it as I read it quite a few years ago now.
The first one, the Rudy Francisco quote resonates with me the most Min. I think I spent a good part of my earlier life trying to impress certain people by not being true to myself. I’m so glad I grew up and started to be myself once again. I too love a good quote or two! 🙂
Ahhh yess the Rudy Francisco quote resonated with me the instant I read it. I spent the most part of my earlier life trying to be and do what I thought everyone expected of me and was constantly trying to adapt and change myself so that I would be liked and more popular, depending on the people at the time. Things are very different now. I guess it takes time and age to realise and to have the confidence to be yourself without fear! 🙂
I’m not much of a serious quote person, but do enjoy a funny one. I was recently at a workshop which started with a quote from Abraham Lincoln accompanied by his picture saying “The problem with quotes on the internet is that they are often not true”. My favourite from your post Min is the one by Rudy Francisco. Don’t we all look back at those times we were trying to be someone that deep down we simply weren’t?!
I love the funny quotes too Jo! I’ve seen that Abraham Lincoln one. haha Yes the Rudy Francisco quote is one I think that many of us can relate to! 🙂
I used to madly save them when I had my Diet Schmiet blog. Some motivation but some a bit funny and sarcastic too. My ‘wanky motivational quotes’ Pinterest board was quite popular.
I still go appreciate them but generally can’t find I can sustain the motivation they give me… if that makes sense. I did put one on my study wall recently though – just made a pic via Canva and framed it. “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
I used to be into those motivational quotes too Deb. Not any more though – for the same reason as you said and yes it does make sense! Nowadays I love funny quotes and I love quotes that have meaning or lessons or something in them that just hits me. I love that quote you shared “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” – that’s a good one! 🙂
Yup, massive quote collector here! I keep a document on my computer where I dump any great quotes I find – either online or in the books I read.
So you understand my addiction then! lol I get quite excited when I find a new quote that I love. 🙂
As you probably know, I do love a good quote. I try to post one each day on Seize the Day Project, although I’ve been a little slack lately 🙂 I find quotes inspiring, as they remind me where my focus should be. My favourite of your selection is: “Of all the things I could have been, I’m so glad to be this ….” 🙂 #TeamLovinLife
Yes I think I might know that you love a good quote Lyndall! lol It seems that Rudy Francisco quote is proving to be a favourite! It’s a good one! 🙂
I usually have a quote of the day on my posts because I’m a love of them too! I always say that they are like me…short and direct!!
Two things in common now Jodie – short and love quotes! lol 🙂
Oh yes Min I do love a good quote! Thanks for sharing these 5 they have brought some inspiration to my day. A quote can really hit home sometimes and just be what we need to take a pause for thought. Have a great week Min!
Oh that’s lovely to hear Sue – thank you! You have a great week too! xo
I am the Queen of Quotes – I’ve pinned a couple of yours (I have about a dozen quotes boards on various topics on Pinterest) and my post for the AtoZ Challenge for “Q” today is on Midlife Quotes – you might find a couple to add to your collection 🙂
Leanne | cresting the hill
Queen of Quotes – loved the midlife quotes you posted today! My Pinterest is very much neglected. I need to get it sorted one of these days!!
I do enjoy quotes too and I bought two little calendars this year which I check out and see if I like the day’s quote. One is spiritual based, the other is about living life fully. The quotes I like most now are the deeper ones because I am going deeper into my exploration of what it is to be human (me!). So, the people whose words I read include Pema Chodron (the blog post I did today)…she has a beauty “Start Where You Are”. Anne Lamott has very good quotes from her books and I often post one. But the person who I cannot get enough of is Rumi. His works were in the 1200s but have been translated now and I have a book of his quotes. This is a favourite: “out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field I will meet you there”.
I will be checking out those people that you’ve mentioned Denyse. I also love Rumi quotes and have shared several of them. I haven’t heard that one you shared before though and it’s a great one. Love it!
The Paul Coehlo quote! His words resonate with me. I should get down to reading more of his work one day.
Ahhhh yes – they resonate with me too SSG! xo
I love a good quote too! I even created my own set of motivational cards with my own quotes to give my clients. I’m no Oprah nor Gandhi, but I do alight. LOL. I’d love to see some Min quotes 🙂
You are a clever thing Leanne – author of a series of children’s books AND you’ve created your own set of motivational cards with your own quotes! So you’d like to see some Min quotes huh? Now there’s a challenge I might just take up! 🙂 xo