"If you want to have something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done." -- Thomas Jefferson
"Imagine all the wondrous things your arms might embrace if they weren't wrapped so tightly around your struggles." -- Sheila Burke
"If you reach for the fruit, God will shake the tree." -- Anonymous
"Surviving is important, but thriving is elegant." -- Maya Angelou
"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time, more wisely." -- Henry Ford
A good many of the quotes I'd saved came from a daily Notes from the Universe e-newsletter I receive from Tut.com. These notes are almost always short, just a sentence or two, and even though I generally cringe at the cheesiness of auto-personalization, I kind of like how these feel. As though they're meant just for me.
For instance: "That thing you're dealing with right now, Karin, is not by chance. It's the beginning of the most exciting transformation of your life so far."
"Sometimes the helper needs help, Karin, and for being helped, they become better helpers."
"Anger is almost always a sign, Karin, that you've been quiet for too long. Speak up, buttercup."
"Karin, here's a hint on figuring out your life's purpose: It almost never lies behind the door marked, 'Just be logical.'"
As I cleaned off my office walls, taking down most of the quotes and putting them in a folder, I realized it was like I was putting away my blankie. The quotes would still be there should I need them, but I'm in a different place now.
A place with far fewer have- and will-nevers.
And, I believe, no never-agains.
Karin Fuller can be reached via email at karinful...@gmail.com.