I'm sure at one point you've been asked "What's your favorite motivational quote?"
I love quotes. They inspire me in the moment, though usually drop out of my brain a few minutes later. Yes they can sometimes be corny, especially when framed on an office wall. But some quotes - four of them actually - have stayed with me through many years. Here they are:
1. Laugh often and much. This was part of our vows. I like it because it's simple and easy to remember. If I truly live by these words then nothing ever seems that bad, really. I have this vivid memory of being hugely pregnant with Angus, sitting in the H&R Block tax office the night before tax returns were due. It was brutal in the sense that it was the very last place on Earth we wanted to be. Yet Jon and I found something to laugh about - I can't remember what - but I do remember laughing so hard that tears were streaming down both of our cheeks. I remember thinking, if we can make this tax trip hysterical, then we can laugh at damn near anything!
2. Never help children with something with which they feel they can succeed. This is a good one. This one can also be tough when it comes to patience. Sometimes this quote pops in my head when I'm watching Lyle do something like zip his zipper or get the yogurt container lid off. I know it will take me a fraction of the time it takes him and I always feel like I'm in a hurry during these moments. So I think of the quote, and I watch. And watch. And watch. And I don't help until he says I need help.
3. You don't ask for respect. You demand respect. This quote I credit to my grandpa -- my dad's dad and the man we named Angus after (middle name). I never actually heard him say it. I heard my aunt retell a story about it at his memorial service. She was telling a story about how she was having a hard time at work. She worked in a place with a lot of men and those men weren't real happy that she got a promotion and they didn't. She told my grandpa -- her dad -- that she was thinking of stepping down. When he asked her why, she replied, "because they don't respect me." And that's when he said it: You don't ask for respect. You demand respect. Thank you, grandpa. Your words follow me into every meeting where I'm the only female in the room (it happens a lot).
4. Meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. And this quote is credited to the amazing Eleanor Roosevelt. The photo here is very difficult for me to look at for many reasons. That's my dad on my heart. He died unexpectedly several years ago and I ran this race in his honor. It was my first half marathon ever and it was a hard one. Pouring rain the whole time and it was a trail race which I didn't know. I was also deep in the bottle and it showed. I quit drinking about eight months after this was taken. Removing drinking from my life has been the most honest and courageous thing I think I've ever done because it meant admitting the problem to myself first. It's hard to think back to those days of struggle because now I know I had a long road ahead of me. But all of that stuff and that struggle is what made me into a person I'm proud to be now.
So tell me. Do you have an inspirational quote to share? :)