Today, on Day Two I picked three quotes from one of the best books ever written: James Clavell’s Shogun.
I personally think these quotes are so impressive, true and powerful, it isn’t really important which character said them.
In every single case, their truth and significance within their purity touched me.
“How beautiful life is and how sad! How fleeting, with no past and no future, only a limitless now.”
“Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don’t give way to the seven, you’re patient, then you’ll soon understand all manner of things and be in harmony with Eternity.’ ”
“We have a saying that time has no single measure, that time can be like frost or lightning or a tear or siege or storm or sunset, or even like a rock.”
It is a great honor for me to follow in her foot steps. And that won’t be an easy task. But I’ll do my best.
I have to present three quotes per day by an author of my choice for three consecutive days. My quotes for today have been picked from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
I’m sure, I don’t need to explain why they impressed me so much or who said what… These quotes are legendary – and they’re kind of burned into my memory.
Yesterday I read on The Story Reading Ape’s blog about the 79-word challenge. The idea was actually brought up by Andrew Joyce who says he didn’t come up with it himself. If you’d like to read the entire post, please go to The Story Reading Ape’s blog and read the entire post.
I was thinking about this challenge for a while during further exploring Chris Graham’s blog. He had posted continued 79-word-stories by so many different, excellent authors.
It’s time to talk about the power of positive thinking. Do I believe in it? You bet I do! But at this point I do have to admit it took time for me to learn how to focus on positive thinking.
It is too easy to take all the negative thoughts we’re facing in our life and channel them to let them poison our future. I was no exception. Bathing in the negativity and all bad things happening I became negative and didn’t find out of this circle. I woke up, every single day, being in a bad mood… I did not see the surrounding beauty anymore; I did not feel joy and happiness anymore; there was no chance of appreciating even small things in my life.
When being lucky enough to have a little success, I only felt bitterness about the success not being bigger.
I did not like my life, my surroundings, other people, and worst: myself.
One day I was on the phone with a friend who had always been by my side for years. That day, once again, she told me she needed to go. Compared to the hours we had been on the phone for years, I realized she did not really want to talk to me anymore. This time, I asked her why. And she replied: “I can’t take your negativity anymore, girl. You always were so funny, positive and happy… but the past couple years you became a nightmare to be around. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Your negativity is pulling me down and I don’t want that anymore.”
This made me carefully consider what was wrong. I was unhappy, I knew that. And I had to do something about it. I did research and finally found an excellent motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer. Many things he said were just as general as with many other motivational speakers. But one thing touched me. Just one sentence that changed me and my attitude and made me find my way out of the ocean of sadness and negativity I swam in:
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Of course things didn’t change from one day to the next, it took a while. And it is quite easy to fall back into old frames.
But I found a good path to see things differently and the positive things happening.
After all: even bad experiences might lead to something good; you never know what Karma has prepared for you!
I am a much happier person now. People around me are happier too – and yes, my friend and I are talking and chatting together again, now I lost what had bothered her.
Even though it doesn’t work every time, I still try to find the smallest positive thought in things. Like for example: “Let’s take a moment and be thankful that spiders don’t fly”.
I live, I learn and I’m grateful to be able to do that!
During my later childhood and teenager time it turned out I would develop a highly sensitive as well as melancholy personality.
Facing problems, getting in trouble, seeing injustice or people needing my compassion made me very sad, even angry. I cried more often than was good for me.
In the meantime I learned to control my emotions on a different level. It doesn’t mean things like this don’t touch me anymore. It is just easier for me to get along with them; it as well means than I am helpful and caring – and therefore too often used by people.
Not everything in my life went smoothly and too often I faced trouble or problems. When solutions for them are found, I work on it – and what’s done is gone.
But I have to admit, if a person does anything bad, hurts me, uses me, humiliates me or is just downright evil I will keep that in mind.
It doesn’t mean I can’t forgive. In fact I could, but even if I forgive – I will never forget.
As many other people I had to learn how to handle the past to leave it behind me and concentrate on the future. This was a painful lesson.
I had a coach supporting me with this task and I still am grateful for all the efforts he was going through.
And one day he handed me a little picture with the quote of Lao Tzu:
If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu
I will never forget. In fact I still have that little card with the quote, even though old and ragged, I’m convinced it will stay with me until it will dissolve.
This is a quote necessary to shake me and my mind awake because we were heading into the wrong direction.
Thank you for all you have done for me, Mr. E. S. B. God bless you.
I would like to thank Patricia Garcia for inviting me to participate in this 3-Day Quote Challenge. Her blogs and writing as well as her music are an inspiration to me. Patricia Garcia is an amazing personality, a wonderful person and a loyal and caring friend. That’s how I want to be when I grow up.
A few years back I was in the middle of a phase in my life where I had problems to focus on my goals. I got overrun by all the bad things happening to the same time. I’ve always been a person to work on trouble or on problems when they show up and eliminate them to continue concentrating on the important things. But at that particular time trouble seemed to know where I was and waited there for me. Being overwhelmed it all felt to be much more than I could handle.
I was always dreaming of being a writer and a published author, but the time back then pulled me into a deep hole where I couldn’t find out anymore.
I followed many advices, too many to be effective, but one advice was a good idea: get distraction. Laugh whenever you can do that. Watch a funny movie, read a funny book and do whatever you can to calm down, which is essential to focus and work on things.
I decided to do that and found myself in front of the TV to have fun watching “10 things I hate about you”, with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. Heath Ledger played Patrick Verona, a boy in his final High School year.
At one point Pat Verona tells a co-student:
“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want!!”
This quote has changed my view on things and challenged me so enormously, I found the strength to do what needed to be done and continue following my dream.
I found true inspiration, just out of a funny teenage movie. And the quote is still with me to this day, on a poster at the door to the room where I usually write.
What quote or quotes has changed one of your mindset and has inspired you to change?
I would like to invite the three writers whom I have gotten to know to join me by sharing some of their inspirational quotes in the 3 Day Challenge at their convenience. Their blogs are an inspiration to me and help me very much within the task to become a true writer. I invite you to visit them and be inspired.