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Inspirations; Part 5

This entry was posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: quotes, inspirations, goals

Nearly a week into the new year and I’m wondering if I can keep a couple of ‘secret’ resolutions I made to myself. So, I need a bit of inspiration to remind me of what I know I must believe in order to succeed.

I don’t follow precedent, I establish it.
~ Fanny Ellen Holtzman
Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.
~ Frank Tyger
The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way.
~ Anonymous
The best bet is to bet on yourself.
~ Arnold Glasow
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
~ Robert M. Pirsig


Can I add one?

“We can either look back 5 years from now and laugh at what we went through, or we can be happy now.”

It’s a paraphrase of something William Grant Bangerter said to his wife. My friend,their granddaughter, related this story.

They were living in Brazil in the late 1950’s while serving a mission. Geraldine, his wife, who was pregnant with one of their 10 children, had just hung out the cloth diapers to dry. It began to rain heavily on the almost dry diapers .  That combined with the fact that she couldn’t speak the language, so she couldn’t go grocery shopping without her husband (who did speak the language)  and the fact that she was thousands of miles away from their home in Utah, and the fact that they had a rat infestation she couldn’t seem to get on top of, led her to complain to her husband when he got home.

He then said the above statement to her.

I guess it was attitude and life changing for her. And I am trying to remember this myself. I can either look back on the things that were difficult, and laugh about it later, or I can just enjoy my life now.

And I didn’t mention this because I thought you needed to hear it, I promise. I just loved the idea of this. I’m kind of a whiner, and I get caught up in the daily struggles and I forget to enjoy what I have. So your inspiriational quotes just made me think of it and I wanted to share.

Have an awesome day!

by Amy at 4:47pm (GMT) on January 7th, 2011

I like that very much!! I know I whine a lot and I know I complain a lot, but I try to be happy at the same time, too. I WANT to be one of those people who always sees the joyful/funny/happy things in a bad situation. And in a way, these little quote and stories like that help me to be that person!

Thank you, Friend!! I hope you have an awesome day, too!

by Just Frances at 6:01pm (GMT) on January 7th, 2011

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