A few weeks ago, when I was looking for embarrassing photos of Mal for his Super Awesome 30th Birthday Weekend, I stumbled upon my old quote book. In high school, I started it to record my favorite quotations, and I continued to do so for many years.
I ended up filling the last page of my quote book sometime during my senior year of college, so I haven’t thought about it much since then. But, today, I took some time to flip through it. I love motivational quotes and mantras, so it was neat to see what inspired me 10-15 years ago. Surprisingly, it hasn’t changed very much!
On the first page of my quote book is a quotation about passion. I actually had this quote framed, and it hung on my bedroom wall throughout high school.
The Essence of Passion
Passion is powerful… nothing was ever achieved without it, and nothing can take its place. No matter what you face in life, if your passion is great enough, you will find the strength to succeed. Without passion, life has no meaning. So put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the essence of passion. This is the secret to life.
Passion really is the secret to life. Imagine a life without it. It wouldn’t be very happy or productive in my opinion.
On the second page of my quote book:
We’re not all designed to be straight A students, celebrities, world class athletes or the CEO of a major corporation. But we are designed to make the most of the skills and abilities we do possess. Perhaps the most splendid achievement of all is the continuing quest to surpass ourselves.
I love this quote, too—although at 16 or 17 years old, there’s a good chance I didn’t fully understand its importance in life.
My quote book also has pages devoted to specific topics, including:
Goals are dreams with a time limit.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Success comes to those who make things happen, not to those who let it happen.
It’s not the load that breaks you, it’s the way you carry it.
Not doing more than average is what keeps the average down.
We all have two choices: we can make a living or we can design a life.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
And pages and pages and pages of Dave Matthews Band quotes (lyrics) because I was a tad obsessed with DMB in high school and college.
Flipping though my quote book, I also found this loose piece of paper with a fun quote on it:
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
Haha! I assume this also applies to dogs (especially pugs), right? When Murphy wants breakfast, he wants breakfast, and it doesn’t matter if it’s 5:30 on a Sunday morning!
Another favorite quote:
it loves to go for runs.
because it loves the chance to think.
to have long conversations with myself.
and every time I feel surprised.
I never realized how badly we needed to talk.
On long runs nowadays, I still sometimes recite this poem in my head. It reminds me exactly why I love running so much.
And my favorite quote ever:
Ok, technically, my favorite quote is “good things happen to people who work hard,” but I like this one better. It has a bit more edge!
Are you a quote person? What’s your favorite quote? Did you keep a diary or journal growing up?
I drank water with breakfast and then poured myself a glass of iced coffee with coconut milk, which I drank while working away at my desk this morning.
Mid-morning, I felt snacky, so I munched on a couple of handfuls of roasted, unsalted almonds.
A couple of hours later, I whipped up a batch of Sweet Potato Wedges (cooked in coconut oil). Lately, I’ve been making big batches and storing the leftovers in the refrigerator for a quick and easy snack or side dish.
Lunch was Sweet Potato Wedges with ketchup.
And egg whites with kale, tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, and a scoop of Greek yogurt mixed in.
Now I’m in search of a snack before dinner. Feed me!!!
P.S. The Stonyfield Frozen Oikos Twitter Party is tonight! If you’re free from 8:00 – 9:00 PM (EST), I’d love for you to pop in to join the discussion—and you can win some great prizes! The hashtag is #OikosFroYo. Be there or be square!