Answering the Three Quote Throw-Down

Thank you Dan of  https://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com/ for including me in this intriguing challenge: find three quotes which have meant something in your life. It’s not exactly the challenge of choosing the best quotes but finding the time to write the blogs that is an obstacle.  I’ll need to modify this dare to meet those expectations and therefore hope you don’t mind if I combine all 3 days into one. I highly recommend Dan’s amazing and thought-provoking blog, so check it out!

th5V20CXXWMy first quote is from someone everyone admires,  Albert Einstein, who famously stated: “Everyone’s a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will grow up its whole life believing it’s stupid.”

TRUTH: We live as we perceive. What we have been told by our family, teachers, classmates, good or bad, sets the stage for what we believe about ourselves in later years. It cannot be dismissed because it made us who we are.

I believe we never truly outgrow our childhood . . . a fragrance, favorite recipe, television show or a song immediately transports us back into that nostalgic memory.  Unfortunately memories can mold and sometimes overpower our lives.

Do not make someone else’s untrue judgment a self-fulfilling prophesy. Strive to be better  Develop those beneficial talents and personality traits you own and dismiss those hurtful opinions of others.

My second is another quote in our progression toward sound mental health: we must let go of the past:

A wise man once stated,He has not escaped, who drags his chains behind him.”   I’m not sure who quoted this but it has been attributed to an old French proverb.

If we carry excess mental baggage, we will never break loose from the constraints that chain us to the past. It is important to address why we act as they do, because until we recognize the reasons why we form certain habits, we’ll never start getting better!

Begin to renew your spirit through positive actions and reinforcement! Our dear Lord has already gone through everything in life. He understands how we feel. Lay your burden at His feet and find comfort there.

My third quotation is from Ephesians 4:32  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Forgiving someone is never easy but forgiving ourselves is sometimes even harder! Learn to forgive yourself and recognize we all make mistakes.

If someone bumped into you in a theater and professed their embarrassment over the action, we would most likely say, “Oh it’s nothing, don’t worry about it.” However, when we make a mistake, it is the end of the world!! “What a stupid thing to do.” “I can’t believe I said that!”

Why are we so hard on ourselves? Are you seeking perfection? Don’t! We are not Christ. To attempt to be perfect only sets us up for discouragement, frustration and failure.

Jesus however, epitomizes the template of how we should strive to live our lives. Common sense tells us we can emulate but never actually accomplish perfection as He did, for we were all born with a sinful, flawed nature. By insinuating that we should be perfect, we are upholding a false belief that we are gods.

Strive for excellence, not perfection. Be the best you know how to be and cherish the life God gave you.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

I open this challenge up to ALL of my followers.  What memorable quotes have meant the most to you?  Answer below:

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10 thoughts on “Answering the Three Quote Throw-Down

  1. Ellie, this is such an inspiring post. All the quotes are great and I enjoyed your comments on them. I particularly liked this one: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
    A memorable quote for me is “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. (E.M. Forster).

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  2. Possibility thinking is optimism in action. A guiding thought I first heard from my 11th grade US History teacher attributed to RFK, but is originally from George Bernard Shaw is: “Some men see things as they are and ask “Why?” I dream things that never were and say, “Why not!”

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  3. “Strive for excellence not perfection” should be a quote. Maybe you could attach your name to that one! Vince Lombardi has a quote about about perfection…….”Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.

    My favourite quote is “No God, no peace. Know God, know peace”. Nothing makes more sense that these simple words!

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    • That is a great quote, imconfident, thanks for that! Also thanks for the endorsement of Strive for excellence. . . I don’t remember how that came to be, but I’ve stressed that point to many a patient over the years. If someone remembers where that’s from, please let me know. 🙂 (I think another original one from me might be “Dieting is like the Westminster Dog Show.”
      Thanks for boosting my ego dear friend. Blessings

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