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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Philosophical Musings

Sometimes I feel like my life consists of me standing in the middle of a busy street and everything is whizzing past me, must like this Hawaiian bus is doing along a busy Waikiki street. Time seems to pass quickly and before I know it, the seasons have changed and it's a new year already. Decade even. This overwhelmed feeling is often accompanied by a melancholy feeling as well. Lately, there's been some nostalgia thrown in for good mix. I've written several posts lately, mentioning how I miss Hawaii terribly. I don't know if it is simply because of the Ice.Cold.Temps of Minnesota winters, [probably a big part of it], but I have really been missing that rock lately. That, added to the transition that Matt and I are smack in the middle of, I've been in that mood lately - part overwhelmed, part melancholy, and a little nostalgia thrown in too.

Tonight, I decided to dig out my "Master Quote List" which is a many-page word document of all the quotes that I have found and saved over the last 8 ish years. I started my obsession with quotes in high school, and I credit them with helping me through some rough times in those years. The obsession continued into my college years, and luckily, my freshman roommate shared my sentiments. Quotes made up a large part of our dorm room decor. Quotes have followed me into my post-college days, and I have suspicions they will remain a part of my life in the future.

There is just something great about quotes. Quotes have the power to illicit a wave of emotions in a single sentence. They can calm, satisfy, encourage and inspire in seconds. They have a simple power that hardly anything else has. To me, anyway.

I have a few favorites I thought I'd post. They might touch someone else the way they have me. I don't have the authors of the quotes saved, and hopefully that doesn't insult anyone. I do know that the people who penned these words of wisdom are very wise souls.

“Enjoy moments. Be happy doing whatever you are doing at whatever stage of your life you are at.”

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.”

[Ohh, these two are so true. Some of my best memories are of doing simple things like reading books, playing games, fishing in a river in Canada with my family, having long talks into the night with my high school girlfriends... The simple things.]

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”

[This one also goes with the main theme from one of my posts a few weeks ago. The bottom line: "Worry about nothing; Pray about everything." If only we could really heed this advice, life would become so much simpler and less difficult.]

“I wanted a perfect ending...now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” -Gilda Radner

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, margarita in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ~ WOO HOO what a ride!"”

I really feel like these quotes can pick up a weary and tired soul. I hope they can do the same for you tonight. They help me get a smile back on my face and in my heart when I need it badly.

God bless you and hey - tomorrow is a new day! [can you tell it's been one of those days for me?



  1. I feeel you. I've been there, and i will be there again. The missing part, the digging up quotes you've felt made you feel better..all of it. You're not alone. & you know what? One day you'll be where I am right now. Missing what have been, but realizing it wouldn't be the same if I go back & happy where I am right now. But it's taken me over a year to get here. Love you Laur, hang in there! <3 [faith]

  2. Thanks Laura!!! These were great! It's hard not to worry around the holidays and when you are moving. That's what we've been dealing with. Lots of stress and sometimes ready to kill one another! Love ALL your quotes!


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