Motivational Quotes 7/28/17

Encourage love -Julianne Hough

We keep each other going.

Plan your funeral and you are sure to die tomorrow. Plan your life and you may well live to 100.

Something’s got to be at steak!

You got to be hungry!

Live with some urgency

Thank God for music, my savior! -Pitbull

A stumble may prevent a fall, or a stumble may begin a fall. (Gretchen Rubin)

If God wants to see how hard life is, let him become a man!

He who comes back from the abyss is stronger for it, and in the end will win.

 

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The Griffin

I was walking one day in downtown Columbus. I had parked my car in the lot of restaurant next to the riverfront. The place was closed and I decided to take the pathway down to the place where there’s a replica of the Christopher Columbus’ boat – the Santa Maria that he and Spain used to find the new world. In fact, I had seen that boat numerous times, so I was not particularly interested in it, but last time I went there I noticed that near the boat, next to the road there is a small park – very little, triangular in shape, and mostly with concrete instead of grass. Anyway, this park caught my attention last time I had been there because it has a few bronze statues of mythological creatures. In fact, I went up to one of them and I saw that it was a unicorn, which looks like a small pony with a cone sticking out of its forehead. Then I read the plaque beneath that read: “Now the unicorn could not ask any more questions because he knew all things. The only thing the unicorn did not have was taste.” I thought those words to be rather interesting, although I did not contemplate on them much. Well, on this particular day, which was a few months later, in November, I wanted to go back to that little park to see that unicorn again, and to see if there were any other statues there that I might have missed the last time I had been there. And so I climbed the steps up to the park and I saw the unicorn again with his horn sticking out of his head. I read the plaque again, and again I was amused.

Then, interestingly enough, I saw another bronze statue of a quirky looking animal – another mythological creature. It looked like a leopard, but it had wings. I proceeded to read the plaque. The griffin, said the plaque, has what it does not need. Which if you think about it makes sense: why would a leopard need wings? Then the plaque said something extremely wise: “The griffin was afraid to be wrong. Do not be like the griffin.” As I read those lines, I thought they were revolutionary and very liberating. The griffin’s problem, you see, was fundamentally that he was afraid to be himself. And I think, especially when we are growing up, that is a problem that we all face. We are afraid that our behavior, or some characteristic of ours is unacceptable unto others, and so we hide it, in order to gain more acceptance. We, like the griffin, are afraid what other people will think. But ultimately, you need to realize that other people will not judge you. Other people are a lot less judgmental than your or the griffin believes! They are busy with their own lives. In fact, if you are one of those people who wants to please others at your own expense, here’s what I’ve got to say: do not be like the griffin. Do not be afraid to be wrong. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being yourself.

excerpted from my speech Good Luck!

 

Motivational Quotes 7/7/17

Never give up

Music is the best medicine

The edge makes you better. You don’t want to be too relaxed. Harness it! (toastmasters podcast)

It takes a lot of energy to hate. Love is easier

Beware of drift (a decision by not deciding) -Gretchen Rubin

A place chosen by forefit always leads to defeat

Life was hard in the past. Life is hard today. Life will always be hard in the future.

Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have.

 

 

they don’t know what it takes to get to

The above quote was suggested to me by Pitbull, whose music and lyrics have traits of motivation. Let us talk a little bit about that quote. There is an undeniable truth in it. Nobody knows what it takes to get to the top, because nobody sees the guts; they only see the glory.

The guts are ugly! Nobody wants to see them. Nobody wants to see the journey travelled from the bottom of the mountain to the top. And that is the journey that the aspiring artist/musician/writer must travel alone. This is the time when nobody is buying your stuff, and nobody is showing up to your concerts. That’s guts. To show up, when nobody else is, when you’re the only one who cares about your work; when there’s no inspiration from the audience. Because there is no audience! That’s when it takes courage to put one foot forward in front of the other, and trudge forth, and climb your way to the top of your mountain.

When we watch awards shows we only see the glory. We see recognition for success. And we think “Hey I wanna be on stage! I wanna be recognized for being a great success.” But that’s the tip of the ice berg. 99% of the ice berg  is beneath the ocean; it’s all effort, largely unrecognized, used to propel that 1% of achievement into the stage of recognition.

The audience just wants to see the polished and finished product, the shining star.  They don’t want to see how the star was made. They don’t want know how the star was made. But the artist knows how he was made, what he put himself through, often what life put him through, against his will, on his way to the top of his career. But then again, it’s the work itself that keeps you going; recognition for living your dream is a nice bonus.

They don’t know what it takes to get to… Until you triumph!

 

 

Do it anyway!

an oldie but a goodie

George Shetuni

We feel the way we act. This is a paraphrase from self help writer Gretchen Rubin.

Both ideas are logical:

We act the way the feel. (obvious, duh!)

We feel the way we act. (not so obvious, but just as true.)

Conclusion: It’s all about action. Action controls mood. A fake laugh soon turns into a real laugh. A frown soon turns into a sour mood. Act happy. “Oh but I’m not happy! I can’t act happy when I’m not happy.” Right, the “brake” that prevents good-for-you acts, is real. It takes happiness to makes happiness. Just like it takes money to make money. No happiness to start out with no acts that make you happy as you go on. Do it anyway! As far as I see, just do it! “Oh, but I don’t want to go out!” Do it anyway! “Oh but I don’t want to jog” Do…

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The weight kept me strong

My brother is a doctor, a resident actually who is training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Well, he lives in a small apartment in downtown Chicago and he does not have a car. For Christmas my parents and I went over to Chicago to spend it with him. My story begins here. One morning, my dad, my brother and I got out to buy some shoes for me. I needed some new shoes, and so since he does not have a car, we have to walk to the shoe store.  Anyway, first we went to one store but I found nothing there I liked so we had to walk to another store. There’s hardly any parking in downtown Chicago. Well, anyway I found the shoes I liked at the Puma store. They were some shiny new sneakers, very good shoes. Anyway, after that we had to walk back to my brother’s place to drop them off at his apartment.  Then my brother, my dad and I decide to go out for lunch. We asked my mom to come, but she said she was tired. So anyway, we walk over to Giordano’s Pizzeria which is famous for Chicago deep dish pizza. We got a seat, ordered our food and we had to wait like forty five  minutes, because if you’ve never had it,  let  me tell you  that Chicago deep dish is some  serious  stuff. You can’t cook that crust in ten minutes. Apparently it takes forty five minutes. Well, that’s what we were told. Anyway, the place was busy and lively and we were having a pretty good time.  Then our pizza came, which is astonishing to look at, by the  way. The slices are so thick, and  it’s  all mozzarella. I bet you could get full on just one slice.  You can’t really pick those slices up.  I had to use a fork and a knife most of the time. I ate one slice, and then I went in for the second one, and let me tell you it was not easy, but I did it.  Slowly but surely, I managed to eat two full slices and I was stuffed to the brim by that time. We got up to  go and we walked outside, and I was feeling  rather tired by that point.  We had spent the whole day out and I wanted to go back home and rest. At that point my brother and dad tell me that now we were going grocery shopping. I was tired and my body was aching.

So we go over to the grocery store and do a full size shopping.  All  the while, I am thinking: how in the world are we going to carry all this stuff back to the apartment. I was feeling tired, and well to be honest with you, my body was aching all over. Well, anyway we did our shopping, paid for our groceries and divided the bags up. My brother and my dad carried two bags each. And I was given one bag to carry. And I thought to myself: how am I going to carry this heavy bag all the way back home. My body’s aching and I have got no energy  left. Well, I didn’t say anything to my brother or my dad because they had their hands full. They were carrying two bags each.

So then we start walking, with me feeling fatigued and completely out of sorts, and still not sure how I would walk all the way back home. But then something really strange happened. Instead of the bag on my hand weighing me down, it kept me strong. This is true. All the way home on that walk I kept repeating to myself: the weight kept me strong. How? You may ask. Well, what happened is that the weight of the bag, took attention away from my body which was aching and concentrated it all on objective, all one goal: carrying that bag. And because it was my responsibility to carry that bag home, I found the strength to meet that responsibility. Not only that, but this strength was powerful enough to overcome the aches and pains I had in my body and it me feel better about myself. Later I had to go home and rest of course.

My challenge to you is for you to find a weight that keeps you strong. Remember it has to have purpose. If it’s dead weight, it’s of no use, no purpose. Let go, and find something that keeps you strong. Good luck and keep going!

(excerpted from my speech Good Luck!)