On my last website, I had a quotes guestbook that I was unable to import. Some wonderful original and favorite quotes were left there. Leave a comment today with your favorite. A quote left in my guestbook inspired me to write Are you in a holding pattern?
Inspire to be inspired. Be inspired to inspire. Desire to inspire.
"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. At the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center" Kurt Vonnegut July 17, 2012 | Maria Ana
Don't sweat the small things when love is the BIG thing. Mind over matter; love prevails. June 26, 2012 | Kenya G. Johnson
"Don't fret when you think you may have not lived the life you thought you were meant to live, or made the choices you should have made. See how God has made beauty out of your journey and if you need to make adjustments to get back on the right path, He will walk with you, adding beautiful threads to your story." May 18, 2012 | Erin Patrick
"Discontent comes from disregarding the things that need to be changed." April 29, 2012 | Kenya G. Johnson
"The heart knows the difference between rash decisions and right ones." April 24, 2012 | Kenya G. Johnson
“Although selfish has a negative connotation, I believe we all need to be selfish to some level so that we can take care of ourselves, which in turn makes us better for everyone else, too.” April 15, 2012 | Jenn Gilman
"Take a break from "work" and fill up your passion tank a little bit so that there's more room for you to navigate down your purpose path." April 14, 2012 | Pamela Zimmer
"A holding pattern is an illegitimate inconvenience disguised by fear and excuses. If you never let your feet touch the ground you will never take off running." April 14, 2012 | Kenya G. Johnson
You are worthy of a seat at the banquet table of life. Don't settle for the crumbs. March 22, 2012 | Marie Leslie
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein March 21, 2012 | Pamela Zimmer
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible!" ~ Walt Disney March 20, 2012 | Rebecca Watson
"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections." ~Author Unknown" March 18, 2012
"Stay in the 'happier', it is so important. Additionally make sure your 'content' isn't a place that you have settled for." March 18, 2012 | Kenya G. Johnson
"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." - John C. Maxwell (an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker) March 14, 2012 | Sonya M. Jones
"Win friends, not arguments." (My dad) March 8, 2012 | Aliza Worthington
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer February 29, 2012 | Carla Karam
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Maria Robinson February 19, 2012 | Dawn Storey
"Run away from toxic people. Instead, surround yourself with others who are positive, who support you and want you to succeed." ~ O the Oprah Magazine, January 2012 February 16, 2012
Never let the deafening sounds of someone's silence at your success or happiness drown out your applause for yourself... You tell yourself "Well done", pat yourself on the back, give yourself a high-five and keep on keeping on... You must constantly be your own cheerleader, even if the only one clapping for you and cheering you on is yourself. February 11, 2012 | Sonya M. Jones
"If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." ~Flavia Weedn February 7, 2012
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 February 7, 2012 | peggy aplSEEDS
“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.” ― Jill Shalvis, Head Over Heels February 5, 2012 | Vidya
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." - John Lennon February 4, 2012 | Brett Minor
"There is no agony like having an untold story inside you." ~Zora Neale Hurston | Write... not only to heal yourself, but to help your future readers to heal as well. You are not the only one waiting for the birth of your literary baby. February 3, 2012 | Antoinette Dickson
“I believe in giving 100% to my commitments, but I no longer believe in emptying myself for it. It is not generous, and it is not love. Generosity and love are far-reaching. You keep being blessed by both so you can keep being a blessing. If you’re completely tapped out, something has gone wrong.” February 3, 2012 | LaMonique Hamilton
"Dreams are NOT impossible. Visions are to be sought after, not daydreamed about. Make your vision a reality too!" January 30, 2012 | Kenya G. Johnson
"Technology advances faster than our wisdom in knowing how to use it." My dad. January 29, 2012 | Aliza Worthington
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world." - Harriet Tubman January 27, 2012 | JLoe
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4: 10 January 26, 2012
"The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." -John Wooden January 25, 2012 | Terese
"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." Harry Fostick January 25, 2012 | Terese
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." ~ Muhammad Ali January 24, 2012 | Taylor
Believe you can and you're halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt January 24, 2012 | Jenn
A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. Joyce A. Myers January 24, 2012 | Jenn
"Everybody desires to look young and beautiful. But, if you enjoy the grace of long life, one thing you will have to come to terms with is aging." January 24, 2012 | maxwell
“Someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” January 23, 2012 | Karren
"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience." ~Adm. Hyman G. Rickover
“It doesn’t really matter what time it is if you haven’t determined what to do with your time.”~Andy Stanley
"To Thine Own Self Be True and it Must Follow as the Night the Day, Thou Can'st Not Then Be False To Any Man" Shakespeare January 20, 2012 | Michele
The searing consequences of his past decisions had made him doubtful if he could take the next step without any regret. January 20, 2012 | M.C.V Egan
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the Life you've imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau January 19, 2012
"Waiting for another to do what you know needs to be done and are capable of doing, makes about as much sense as you holding your breath because you don't want another to breathe. Don't leave the determination of your success to another. AIM high: Aspire, Inspire and Motivate yourself to greatness!" January 18, 2012 | Antoinette Dickson
I have flown in and out of Atlanta's Hartsfield airport enough to have heard, "holding pattern" at least twice. Once it applied to bad weather, and once it applied to what I'm calling an air traffic jam. These are legitimate inconveniences. The planes are put in a holding pattern until they are cleared for landing. In some instances the planes are rerouted altogether.
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This is a phrase I only heard once from my grandfather, speaking to me about a situation that I cannot remember now. Just like now, it was a situation that was too insignificant for me to be feeling sorry for myself. Whenever I am feeling this way, I tell myself to “Get out of the sorry box” because I have so much to be thankful for.
On Saturday I was sitting in my spot, in front of my computer just staring. I was in the insignificant sorry box. The day was dreary with rain and rapidly falling temperatures. Devastating weather had caused massive destruction in countless places across the United States. Yet I sat in my insignificant sorry box just because things weren’t as I wish they would be for me. I felt ashamed for being in that place.
With my back to the window I felt a glow behind me, calling for me to look. I knew it was a rainbow before I peeped out between the blinds. Perhaps my grandfather sent me a rainbow telling me to “Get out of the sorry box.” I smiled and said, “Thank you.”
“Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.”
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Here's the thing... This post was "pin" inspired by the following quote that I say to "me & myself" when we need nudging out of the sorry box.
I ended last week on such a high note. This week monkey wrenches have been whacking me in the head. Only one made me stumble, but I did not fall. I am resilient! Thank you, my friend, for telling me so. I only went to workout once this week. I'm blaming that on the "clouds" and that annoying Aunt that comes around.
Additionally, I went to a busted job fair. There were so many employers there that, "don't have any positions right now but if you check back...". If I wanted to become a trucker, a police officer or work 2 1/2 hours away, there were so many opportunities for that. The job fair was set up on base in a gym seemingly without air-conditioning. There were so many people in there. I couldn't believe so many people were looking for jobs. I felt bad for the ones that were desperate enough to listen to the dog and pony show of so many sales recruiters. Driving back home, there were so many cars on the road, so many parked at the mall, so many in the Starbucks drive-thru. I just looked and wondered, Didn't they have to work today? And if they didn't, where did they get money from?? I came back home with so many of the resumes that I left with.
So I'm reading internet news yesterday and see that Hallmark is now making layoff condolence cards. Really? What is the thought that counts behind giving someone a card like that? I am sure they would be less offended if you gave them the five dollars you spent on it. You are so fired - Hallmark.
It's still all good; I strive to end every week on high note. I am RESILIENT!
I gave my cousin a crazy analogy this week. Let me see if I can recall it. In reference to "doing you", I said something like, "Always keep some pots on the stove. Sometimes they will be boiling over, and sometimes there will only be one simmering. If you always have something cooking, you will always have something to feed off of. " Wow. That actually came out better than when I said it to her. You can quote ME on that. And for someone who doesn't like to cook, that really came out of the left field. Must have been a monkey wrench with inspiration.
Always keep some pots on the stove. Sometimes they will be boiling over, and sometimes there will only be one simmering. If you always have something cooking, you will always have something to feed off of. ~Kenya G. Johnson
Here's the thing....as for that beautiful forecast in my photo, so many brighter days are ahead and I am going to be a walking fool all next week!