In my research I recently stumbled upon some really great quotes. Now I admit it….I’m a quote junky. You know I print them, hang them on the wall, create some of my lesson plans around them and sometimes (the really good ones) I will frame them and decorate a whole room around them.
One of my go to coping mechanisms are quotes. Not sure why, but there is something magical about quotes to me. When I’m especially hard on myself or others, those few sentences will bring me back to who I really am before anger or sadness took over the controls. Or they can help me remember a time when I was happy.
With all that in mind, I could write everyday, every post on my deep philosophical thoughts or ramblings. While I love to share all the crazy in my head with you guys. I think a once a month post will behoove all of us.
So without further ado, the first installment in my new Quote of the Month series is:
“Life’s Challenges are not supposed to paralyze you,
they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
I chose this in part to remind me and my crew that challenges (great or small) are the way we figure out who we are and what were made of. Living a life with out challenges is not something to strive for. We all have to come to that figurative fork in the road, the one that we can sometimes stand at for way too long, deciding pros and cons, weighing options and fearing failure no matter which way we turn. I really feel that these are the moments that truly define who we are.
I don’t know about you but historically my life the path of choice hasn’t been the easy one. You know the one with tons of friends, or money or fame in any way. I have never really wanted those when presented to me. It is true that after the fact I wonder what might have come if I had chose the “easy” path. But truth be told I might not have a huge house or the nicest things. But when I go to sleep at night I’m pretty happy with my life.
Yes there are things that I wish were different. But those are things that I didn’t choose and I have no control over. They chose me. I’m sure they chose me and my path for a reason.
I am a firm believer that people, things and challenges are placed in our path for a purpose. So when the universe sets someone or something in my path I never doubt it, I just roll with it.
So to those who have been placed in my path,
I hope I have done right by you. I hoped that you felt safe, loved, secure and most of all supported.
So your challenges don’t paralyze you.
I don’t know your past, you don’t know mine. We are just beings of this earth, wandering and trying to make the best of it. I don’t have tons of money or really much to give. But what I can do is accept you and help you become the best you, you can possibly be. That’s least I can do for every being I encounter.
Thank you for reminding me that the “harder” road is the one with the most rewards. And the only one I want.