Perfectly said….

At the time of this post, I am participating in an Author’s Blog Challenge.  I enjoy participating in these challenges from time to time for several reasons.  First is meeting other bloggers and writers.  It is a community filled with some incredible people that are generous with their knowledge and support and the connections have always been very positive for me.  Second is that it helps re-enforce the need to consistently “show-up” here at my blog.  When a blog is about reaching out to a particular community and bringing them value, showing up is “part of the service”.  So re-enforcing the discipline within a supportive community is a good thing.

Another reason for participating in these challenges is to gain fresh ideas for content.  Quite often, as with this challenge, the participants are provided with writing prompts each day.  It is our choice to follow them or not but they can ignite new paths of thoughts and ideas about subjects that might not otherwise hit the page.  In this challenge, for this day, the writing prompt was to highlight a favorite character from literature.  This one I will admit has given me pause.  I have not been a student of the classics in a very long time.  And much of what I knew about literature is not front of mind in terms of characters. But writers themselves tend to stay with me.  Certainly historical figures that have left their mark on the world continue to speak to me and enrich my life.  They are often the source of quotes that I use within my own writings.

So in line with the idea of historical reference, I thought that I would share here some quotes from some of my favorites.  What is interesting is that my favorite quote and the ideology of what has become my own platform and mission comes from a literary great, Emily Dickinson:  “Dwell in possibility.”  Whether crafting a great story or designing our best lives, that is the secret – to dwell in possibility.  When you are dwelling there, living there – you cannot escape the incredible magic of possibility.

Here are a few more quotes that have spoken to me and have made these historical figures somehow more real to me just because they have expressed something that has connected us.  I hope that these speak to you as well.

William Shakespeare:  “To unpathed waters, undreamed shores.”

Henry David Thoreau:  “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Mark Twain:  “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

Dr. Seuss:  “My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go behond ‘Z’ and start poking around!”

Walt Disney:  “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading to new paths.”

And finally, perhaps one of my favorites, not just because of the sentiment itself but because of the speaker and the sentiment together.  From Anne Frank, it is a profound life lesson in a sentence, just as her life is a lesson for us all.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

All of them… perfectly said.

 

 

About Kathi Laughman

Referred to by her clients as “The Plan B to Z Expert”, Kathi inspires them to see beyond probabilities to possibilities. They are stronger, happier and more financially secure than ever before. The result is the creation of far more value in the rest of their story than they ever dreamed possible. She serves professionals committed to continuously creating new pathways to success and significance.

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