I’ve always been a David Henry Thoreau guy.
It began in college. Because of course, it did. I read Walden and connected with a man in the wilderness with a plan and a journal.
His quotes hit home and his logic made sense.
His quotes have stood as the ones that inspire me most. It’s the one I’d write down, live by, try and impress the girls with. (As if.)
But a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote has driven most of my life. Until recently:
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
That worked. For a while. Then I noticed how selfish it felt.
I would want all those things … to make myself feel better. I floated along without a quote that fit until a friend introduced me to a quotable queen. You’re going to fall in love with her, my friend said. She wasn’t wrong.
This one captured all the contractions of myself that I couldn’t explain.
“Half of me is filled with bursting words and half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life and love into everything yet also nurture my self-care and go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit and contemplate. This is the messiness of life – that we all carry multitudes, so must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible and soft. Subtly powerful and open. Wild and serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough.”
― Victoria Erickson
With this, I can sit in the consistent inconsistency of my very being. I can even celebrate it a bit.
I have to remember to remember it, that’s all.
What quote inspires you?
A to Z Challenge
A is for A new name for this blog
B is for B is for Bibster, baseball, and a spot by the birdbath #Gratitudeandshit
D is for Dusting off and writing again
F is for Football questions for Go Ask Daddy
G is for Getting behind a cause