You might not know this about me, but I’m a sucker for an inspirational quote. In fact I have books of quotes I’ve copied down over the years, post-its of quotes on my bulletin board, and 100s of quotes pinned on Pinterest.
While not exactly a quote per se, the below is a pretty inspirational way to approach the daily grind. I will attempt to incorporate these into my daily life. Maybe you will too?
Longer, more thoughtful posts hopefully to come soon. But in the meantime here are a few things that have been jumbling around in my brain today (in no particular order).
1. Leaning In — We haven’t even read it yet and already my book club spent at least an hour talking about the topics covered in Sheryl Sandberg’s new book: Lean In. Even though her PR person turned me down for an interview with Sandberg, I’m still interested to read this book and follow the debate that will stem from it.
Here are two interesting takes on it: From Jezebel: Sheryl Sandberg on Why It’s OK to Cry at Work (best quote: “This is a really exciting moment because for the first time in a long time it feels like the women’s movement is actually moving.”) and from CNN: Sandberg left single mothers behind (Best quote: “Sandberg’s book mentions single mothers in passing. But what if she were to champion them? What if the Lean In community or any group of feminist-minded women were to organize around the cause of single motherhood instead of the cause of their own self-congratulation?”)
2. The horrors of the Steubenville rape trial and how appallingly vile humans can be. It’s been unavoidable, and it’s one those stories where words escape me. This article though: Steubenville: this is rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment: “There’s a word for what happens when one group of people sees another as less than human and insists on its right to hurt and humiliate them for fun. It’s an everyday word that is often misused to refer to something outside of ourselves. The word is ‘evil’.”
3. Letting go of your story. This article from Mind Body Green (a great yoga and health site) about how to let go of the stories we all tell our selves about who we are made me think about the things I believe about myself that I want to let go of. 5 Ways to Let Go of Your Story
Even if you are lucky enough to have a partner/family/friends as support, you still are mostly alone in your endeavors. And you are probably receiving more rejections (or worse no response at all) than you are paycheck and praise.
So with that in mind I’ll share with you an affirmation/self pep-talk I wrote for myself a few months ago:
I won’t waste my time being a victim. I won’t let negative people or thoughts distract me or hold me back. I know my worth and I won’t let myself or anyone else convince me I’m worth less. I won’t dwell in setbacks or let them slow me down. I’ll remember always who I am, what’s valuable in me. I’ll remember who I wanted to be, and work to become that person. I’ll be flexible in my expectations.
I am smart, I am kind, I am compassionate, I am talented, I am anything but average, I am stronger than most people. I have done things in my life so far that most people will only dream of, and the best is yet to come. I have within myself everything I’ll ever need.
A bad day is just that, one bad day. And when they add up to bad months and bad years, they won’t define my life, they will simply stand as markers for how much better things will be, and how sweet that will taste. I will have the capacity to truly appreciate my life because of my struggles.