Quote Quest

I am a person who loves quotes, especially inspirational ones.  I have a scrapbook filled with them and collect them from any source.

Perhaps I was influenced by my mother.  She had an “office” in the laundry room of my childhood home.  Above her desk was a bulletin board filled with torn-out segments from magazines and newspapers and various hand-written transcribed quotes. All had inspirational thoughts on them which must have provided respite from the endless loads of laundry and mundane tasks of raising a family.

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth to action; actions form habits; habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny — Tyron Edwards

This quote was paraphrased in the movie the Iron Lady.  The indomitable Ms. Thatcher (Meryl Streep) refers to it mid-way through the film in memory of something her father always told her as a young girl. I found myself scrambling in the dark theater to find a pen and paper to write it down during the movie.  That plan failed, and I became obsessed with finding its source once we got home.  The internet is very handy that way.

I am now a middle-aged mom who often struggles with how to infuse inspiration.  Certainly moving abroad provided a new template for adventure and freedom to explore not only physical landscape but emotional satisfaction.  I wonder if my children really see it that way.  I hate to see them fall into the rut of simply going through the motions, not living in the moment enough.  They sometimes seem to lack wanderlust, passion, and curiosity.  Case in point, we are planning a trip to St. Moritz this weekend to coincide with Jeff’s business conference.  When told of the plans, Jackie looked at me indignantly and cried, “Can’t we just stay home for once?  Why do we always have to go places! WHY?”

I wonder to myself, is this typical teenage ennui?

So I forge forward armed with my trusted reserve of quotes.

I aim to find a response to Tyron Edwards’ eloquent words:  I encourage everyone to think. I hope they will find a purpose.  I motivate them to take action.  I enforce good habits.  I try to model good character.  Most of all, I want each of them to find their own fulfilling destiny.  To this end, I am reminded of my very favorite quote of all:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.Henry David Thoreau

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