I come from a family of talkers.
Growing up, my parents were always talking. Whether they were imparting bits of parental wisdom or simply orchestrating a life lesson out of nothing at all, I was always listening, watching, and of course, learning.
So as someone who’s had pretty decent life so far on account of all those talks, I wanted to give my kids the same opportunity to listen. So I talk. A lot. I’m forever offering anecdotal bits, super important FYIs, and warnings of the imminent dangers resulting from not listening to their mother. Still, I swear they’re getting nothing. Little brick walls, those two.
While I may never actually give my children the wisdom and life offerings of the great thinkers before me, at least I give a damn good tight hug.
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill
“We must be the change we want to see.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ~Helen Keller
“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.” ~Saint Francis de Sales
“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” ~Frances Wright
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” ~Aristotle
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
ON DARING TO DREAM
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” ~Albert Einstein
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of conflict and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King
“This above all: to thine own self, be true.” ~William Shakespeare
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” ~Buddha
“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” ~Horace
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” ~Anthony Brandt