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Friday, Daily Prompt, share a favorite quote…

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I collect quotes and have lots that I like.  There are several that are favorites but one that I think of quite often is something that ee cummings said;

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

This is so true!  It doesn’t matter how old we are; we are never really grown up.  Bigger and older on the outside maybe.  But inside we are all little kids just trying to make sense of the world and trying to find where we fit in the scheme of things.

kittensWhat seems to be the easy thing to do is to be whoever and whatever others think we are…or should be.  In some ways that is the easy way, little conflict and rarely confrontation.  At least not that anyone, including ourselves, can see.  But it is a different story inside our heads and hearts.

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When we take a path of non-resistance or blind obedience there is a lot of conflict and little peace within.  We hurt ourselves and in the end we hurt others.  In this world, wherever we find ourselves, we are in that place for a purpose that no one else can fulfill. That place and purpose is ours alone to make whole and complete.

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When we take the easy way and become someone we were never meant to be everybody loses.  It takes “courage to become who you really are” and great strength to overcome all those around us who want what they think is best for us. Be strong, life is good if you don’t weaken.

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16 thoughts on “Friday, Daily Prompt, share a favorite quote…

  1. Such a wonderful post, all the way through. I was just thinking today about how difficult it is to improve myself – to try to be the best me that I can be. It is so much easier to just go with the flow and not make waves, sometimes for others, but mostly for myself. Most of my conflict comes from inside me. I take that path of least resistance, but then I don’t like where I end up. You’re right that taking the easy way can cause more damage in the long run. I am keeping on trying to change myself for the better, no matter how many times I fail.

    1. Try not to spend so much time on the changes you want to make that you miss the unique parts of yourself that are to be celebrated.

      1. Good advice! But the changes I want to make are mostly along the lines of “eat proper food not junk”. Although I really do want to be a happier, more fulfilled, more actively alive person. It’s a hard and long process to change long-standing and comfortable habits, like being complacent and not working to get what you want.

        1. My long-standing habits are not only comfortable they are down right cozy—and apt to stay that way. And I always eat my junk food properly…

  2. This was a wonderful essay on being true to yourself, Patricia, and the photographs were a delightful match! For most of us it takes many years before we come to terms with who we are and learn to love ourselves enough just as we are, without trying to be (or not be) anything different to please others. When we are reasonably happy within ourselves, it reflects on the outside and people are attracted to that. Artificial is never appealing. Your quote is wise… it isn’t easy to follow our own path and not let others sway us, but it most certainly the best way, and the way that we can best serve others! Truly great post! My favorite quote is very simple and comes from Mother Teresa… “Do small things with great love.” That is who and what I strive to be. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Josie. I am passionate when it comes to telling young women to be who they are and not give in to the myth that they need to be different than what their heads and hearts are telling them. I spent many years as a chameleon, changing the me that I am to fit others ideas of me, and was woefully unhappy. No more! With age comes (a bit of) wisdom.

      The Mother Teresa quote is priceless…she was a woman of great wisdom.

  3. The courage to grow up is an ongoing process for me. It’s good to hear this from you,Teddy because when I look at Maurice, my cat, he is what he is. Never pretentious. And when I ask him to teach me his ways, mums the word. And yes, it takes a lot of courage to grow up. 😀

    1. The growing up process is never over! And it ain’t easy.
      I think cats just accept who they are and expect everyone else to fall into line.

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