One Thought A Day: September, 2012

September 30, 2012: “The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.” ~ from August Rush

September 29, 2012: You don’t need to understand; you just need to believe.

September 28, 2012: “‘To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight – and never stop fighting.'” ~Brené Brown quoting e.e.cummings in The Gifts of Imperfection, “Guidepost #1” (p.51)

September 27, 2012: “We have a tendency to consider as unimportant anything that’s hard to grasp or can’t be applied to our lives right now. Before dismissing a theory as irrelevant, make certain you understand it and consider how others have made use of its advice.” ~ from A First Look at Communication Theory, “Chapter 3: Weighing the Words,” by Em Griffin (p.44)

September 26, 2012: “It was the story of a pretty serious person being fun and spontaneous and goofy and imperfect and having someone poke at that vulnerability.” ~ from The Gifts of Imperfection, “The Things That Get In The Way,” by Brené Brown (p.45)

September 25, 2012: “Professor Elwell, you’re a little man. It’s not that you’re short. You’re…little, in the mind and in the heart. Tonight, you tried to make a man little whose boots you couldn’t touch if you stood on tiptoe on top of the highest mountain in the world. And as it turned out…you’re even littler than you were before.” ~Mr. Shunderson in People Will Talk 

September 24, 2012: Be like Nike: just DO it (something I once wrote on a sandwich board to promote ticket sales to a dance we were trying to have in high school; unfortunately, the dance didn’t happen)

September 23, 2012: Faith is not something to be proud of, it’s something to have.

September 22, 2012: Having fun means letting go of control; control is safe and we won’t get hurt when we’re safe. But we will also have far fewer experience if we stay safe all the time.” ~Another thing I recently told one of my good friends

September 21, 2012: “Love is not a feeling; it is a way of behaving. Feelings follow behaviour; therefore, loving feelings follow loving behaviour.” ~Gary Chapman in his The Five Love Languages: singles edition (check it out!)

September 20, 2012: “Having a lot of experience isn’t necessary to be able to relate to people. All you need to be able to do is say hi and the rest follows.” ~Something I recently told one of my good friends

September 19, 2012: Babies rule the world (I feel like I got this from a book somewhere, but I can’t remember where from… forgive me).

September 18, 2012: Men and women together creates such beautiful music (Verdi’s Aida: start at 1:16 and wait for the blast to come!)

September 17, 2012: Sometimes all you need is some wine and chocolate (Seriously, it’s good for you! Check out this book).

September 16, 2012: Getting angry is pointless; instead, use that energy to absorb others’ anger in order to turn it into something new.

September 15, 2012: “Ognuno trovi amor/We hope each soul will find/Intorno e dentro a sé/Another soul to love” ~from “The Prayer” (listen here)

September 14, 2012: The simplest things are the most amazing.

September 13, 2012: One disappointment may lead to another, better opportunity.

September 12, 2012: Smiles make everything better!

September 11, 2012: It’s not that we don’t have enough exciting things to do that we get bored; we are much less creative at finding something to take up our time.

September 10, 2012: Exercise even if you don’t want to; you’ll be thankful later.

September 9, 2012: Remember that it’s not all about you.

September 8, 2012: Compromise: to modify a promise.

September 7, 2012: “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ~Aldous Huxley

September 6, 2012: “There was a time when men were kind” ~”I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables

September 5, 2012: “Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck/Some nights, I call it a draw/ Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle/Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off.” ~“Some Nights” by fun.

September 4, 2012: To know that someone actually took the time to sit down and write you a letter is an amazing feeling.

September 3, 2012: Listen to your tears, happy or sad.

September 2, 2012: Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you’re right for something.

September 1, 2012: If you try to force something, God may rain down on you.

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