“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge
“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
― Benjamin Franklin
One of my absolute worst virtues (or lack of it) is patience, and patience involves waiting. Whether it's growing a plant, growing an idea, or sending up a prayer for which you desperately need an answer, patience is one of the most important components of seeing a dream fulfilled. Practice patience; it truly is a virtue.
“That's what I love about Aibileen, she can take the most complicated things in life and wrap them up so small and simple, they'll fit right in your pocket.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help
A true friend is one who makes the happy things big and the not-so-happy things smaller...
"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
There have been times in my life -- many, many times --
when I've had to decide...will I control the day with my will to do so, or will I let the day control me? Seems like a no-brainer. I'm not suggesting that it's easy...I'm suggesting that it is totally without a doubt necessary and mandatory.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
― Mark Twain
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
When the temperatures fall a bit, and the humidity drops a bit, throwing open windows is something that brings a peace and calm to my spirit. An open window lets in a bit of nature through her light and her movement and her gifts of beauty. This pace of nature that Emerson talks about is perhaps the very thing that makes us so calm when we experience light, air, and plant life. When left to herself, nature never, ever gets in a hurry. She just is.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
I love this quote from Gandhi. It reminds me that living a life as if it were your last day doesn't conflict with learning and education. You can have both. Never stop making a difference for the cause. Never stop learning for yourself and others.
Make every second count for one of those two things.
"But I hope I will never have a life that is not surrounded by books, by books that are bound in paper and cloth and glue, such perishable things for ideas have lasted thousands of years . . . "
- Rick Bragg
Put down that cell phone, that ipad, that Kindle, girl! Open a book with paper and pages and coffee spills from the reader before you. Take a deep breath and breathe in the smell of library books, the smell you knew well as a child because there was no other kind of book to know...
if you don't know where to start, read one by Rick Bragg...he's one of my favorite southern writers!
A touch of fall has been the weather here lately! If, like me, you're not completely sure you want to say goodbye to summer quite yet, fall is surely on the way so... Just say yes!
Ten things I love about the fall season:
1. Burning a pumpkin-scented candle
2. Hanging my fall wreath on the front door
3. Opening the windows for some fresh air
4. Taking a day trip two hours north
5. Eating a caramel apple
6. Donning a lighweight jacket or sweater
7. Attending a fall festival (or two or three!)
8. Making a pot of soup and cornbread
9. Going pumpkin hunting
10. Hiking in the woods with crunchy leaves underfoot