For those of us in The Great White North, we are back to work today after a three-day long weekend for Thanksgiving. In my alma mater, South Korea, they’re back to work after nine days off for their Thanksgiving. Looks like I chose poorly when it comes to Thanksgiving countries.
On this momentous occasion of returning to work, I thought I’d infuse some pep, maybe a little je ne sais quoi (ooh la la, say the ladies out there), into your morning. So instead of some stuffy Quote of the Day from a stupid book about stupid people who aren’t REAL! and don’t know what REAL LIFE! is like, I’ll refer to some people who may or may not have been in your kitchen…
“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
In honour of Valentine’s Day, I present to you some literary gems about that mysterious, all-encompassing, ever-absorbing, selflessly selfish and painfully blissful notion we in English call .
“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women
“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
― Maya Angelou
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
― Robert Frost
And finally, from the master of the written word himself:
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls…For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Maya Angelou was a titan of 20th-century American letters. Probably best known to most as a poet and the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), she was also an influential civil rights activist and voice for both African-Americans and women as a whole for decades.
There are many beautiful and inspirational examples of her writing I could choose from when it comes to quoting Ms. Angelou, but I like this one below, partly because it’s simple and poetic, but also because I too believe in this life mantra.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”