Saturday QOD [question of the day]

What type of written materials help keep you focused and motivated?
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Song lyrics - 35.7%
1
Poetry - 7.1%
3
Bible scripture - 21.4%
3
Philosophical phrases - 21.4%
1
Quotes from movies - 7.1%
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Old family sayings - 7.1%

 
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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Since there isn't a koffee klatch question yet and Chutz said anyone could do it, here is something I have been wondering for a while. I see lots of signatures here with motivational phrases, funny tidbits and such. I know that we all struggle to find  balance in out lives, and I'll bet we all have sayings or quotes that help us out when we need a little right-brain creativity. SO- what is your favorite quote, saying, poem or song lyric that helps you jump over the obstacles during the day? What statement[s] help pick you up and keep you going?
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
 
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ivy6
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   Posted 2/14/2009 1:52 AM (GMT -7)   
At the moment I like to misquote Mr Obama: "yes, I can!!" :-)
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getting by
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   Posted 2/14/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sera,
 
This is something that I try to live by.  It was written in the 1600's by monks.  I think that you will like it.
 
 
It is called Desiderata
 
Enjoy
 
Luv and hugs, Karen
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Marlee2
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   Posted 2/14/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Sera since today is Valentine's Day, life is like a box of chocolates. tongue
 
luv and hugs
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/14/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
This one was hard for me to answer since I find inspiration in all of the choices you gave! I picked "Bible scripture", though, because the most inspirational and motivational thing I've ever read is the Bible's "love" chapter. (You know-love is patient, love is kind and so on. Please forgive me for not being able to remember the exact book and verse number!) I read this quite a lot to remind myself what is important in life and how to really give love to others. Everybody says how important is to love people, and sometimes you have to say..well, HOW?? This passage really spells it all out for me and I find great strength, direction, and comfort from it.

Hope everyone has a spectacular and love-filled Valentine's Day!! :)
love and hugs
~danielle


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We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

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AustenFan
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I picked Biblical scripture.  While some of the other choices do help, my faith is what helps me get through each day without giving up or becoming bitter.
 
Hugs - Austen
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of  heart." - Jane Austen
 
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine was from a little sign that my mom had attached to the fridge ... Pobody's Nurfect!!! Loved that on since I'm riddled with dyslexia!!!
Patti
 
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I love that, Patti!!! lol

Oh, and I forgot! The serenity prayer really helps me, too:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


I have to remind myself of this every day...
love and hugs
~danielle


fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck


kelly71
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
This is a great question! I have a lot of different things that I say (or used to say), but my current tagline at the end of my posts is "I'll take the Chivas instead." If you know one thing about me, you know that I have a very healthy obsession with Kelly Clarkson, LOL. smilewinkgrin

Anyway, her song "Chivas," is the perfect **** you song to any man that has ever done you wrong. BTW-sorry guys. I know most of you on here, and you have been perfect gentlemen-so I'm not talking about y'all. shakehead AND, I suppose the song could be flipped and sung from a guy to a woman, etc.

So, if any of you ladies ever feel this way, you MUST listen to this song. BTW-it's a hidden track on her "My December" album, but I'm sure you can find her singing it somewhere on Youtube. tongue

FYI-an interesting fact...Kelly wrote this song on the back of a bar napkin while she was....inebriated. wink
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"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


Agmaar
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't read much anymore and something's sorta scrambled with my "audio channel" sometimes ... so I like to look at pictures.  I get a lot of :-)   from picutres and they can be inspiring in some ways.  Yep ... we were at a local second hand bookstore/ curiosity shop this week and I was looking thru the books with the best/most pictures. 
 
I do like the Mark Twain quote in my sig.  How many monsters have I created for myself?  For some reason, I also get comfort from the thought ".. not all who wander all lost ..." (Tolkein, one  of the Lord of the Rings  books). 
 
But this topic has really made me search the memory banks.  Took a while, but I have always liked Rudyard Kipling's "If".  It did me a lot of good to re-read it just now:
 
[IF]

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling

Rich
 
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anxietyridden
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   Posted 2/14/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was in high school my parent's gave me a journal (I love to write and was forever journaling and jotting things down) with the "Don't Quit" poem on the cover. I've really loved it since then:



When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is **** with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

anxietyridden
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   Posted 2/14/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
They edited it out one word and I won't repost what it is, but it's a word that can mean odd, but also is slang for gay. Hopefully you can figure it out for yourself, LOL.

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 2/14/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
These posts are so amazing. I hoped that I would gain some insights into the psyche of members here, of how you manage your life of pain and inconvenience, how you maintain a life of abundance in the midst os health challenges. I am seeing you as men and women of strength, living one day at a time with grace and compassion. I appreciate your responses and I hope everyone has a great weekend and a special valentines day. Peace be with you!
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
 
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Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin
 
 


Sera Smiles
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   Posted 2/14/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
WoW! Song lyrics [at this point] score the highest, followed equally Biblical scripture and philosophical sayings. I am just like many of you, there are plenty of motivational materials in my life. You see from my signature that I believe in healing and growing beyond challenges. I believe that at the point of self-discovery, we are not weak, but our strength is vulnerable. This is why we need each other in this forum, and why our collective strength helps us sustain ourselves and each other in challenging times.

For the poll, I chose poetry because I have always been drawn to beautiful poetic writing. I am not a poet; I do write pretty bad short stories, which are so tough to pitch to publishers :) My father is an accomplished author and his short stories were published before his novels were, but he is a natural. So my favorite poets are Edna Millay, Stanley Kunitz,and Shakespeare Sonnets [especially numbers 27, 29, and 57]. 57 is perfect for today, because it is about L-U-V! hehee! Give it a read- this is a classic.

SONNET 57
Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid your servant once adieu;
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are how happy you make those.
So true a fool is love that in your will,
Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
 
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Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin
 
 


Southernlady
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   

 

The author of the Don't Quit poem is written by my favorite person, Helen Steiner Rice.  Her poems are so beautiful and most of them are inspirational.

Here is one of my favorites by her.

 

The more of everything you share,

The more you'll always have to spare,

For only what you give away

                         Enriches you from day to day.
                   ...Helen Steiner Rice...


Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!


Orlo
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I'd never heard about that before. I read it and it was really amazing. I don't rely on anything really, I am not a very religious or spiritual person. It's all myself. I just take things one day at a time and set neumerous goals.
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