Movies have trailers. (What’s YOURS rated?) Books have Cliff Notes. But people? We do too! All of us have a few overriding belief systems that drive us. Finding a few words or quotes that focus you on what matters each day can be powerful.
As the publication date of my book, Stumble to Rise (STR) draws near, I look at this book that I’ve read about a thousand times with fresh eyes. Today I am revisiting the chapter titles and the quotes that begin each chapter. As I review them, I remember why I chose these ideas. Each of them means something to me and embodies not only that section in the book but a piece of who I am.
Here are a few of them listed below with explanations of how they’re used in the book. Maybe one of these or one of your own will be posted on your bathroom mirror soon!
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong. ~ Unknown
This quote is how I lead off the first chapter. When I was hit with the MS diagnosis, I had no idea how I would be able to navigate this unknown disease but I did and along the way I became strong.
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change. ~ Charles Darwin
Besides death, change is our greatest guarantee. Learning to deal with my changing abilities became a much-needed skill to weather the MS storms. The changes we all face in a lifetime require our ability to stumble, adjust, and recalculate — which is the title of one chapter.
It’s much more interesting to embrace who you really are rather than waste energy pretending to be someone else. ~ Wayne Dyer
For many years, I denied my disease. I attempted to keep it hidden from those around me until my MonSter wouldn’t allow it. Once I began to live a more authentic life, I experienced more joy, understanding and friendships than before. It’s time for all of us to get real!
Comedy = tragedy + time. ~ Carol Burnett
What seems difficult at the present moment, will be eased a bit by time and if the struggle continues, humor will be a necessity. As I say in Stumble to Rise, “ Since becoming a reluctant expert on navigating hardship, I’ve realized the undeniable therapy of laughter. I empathetically understand why many of our greatest comedians came from a background of struggle. Wouldn’t we all rather laugh than cry?” Ah the joys of laughter. It really is the best medicine.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. ~ Jim Rohn
This is an idea shared in the introduction of STR. I can’t eliminate the many lesions on my brain and spinal cord but I choose to focus on what I CAN control. I choose to be the healthiest version of me that I can be. I share how I transformed my body and my pain level with food.
Finding a thought that speaks to you and posting it on your e-mail signature, your FB profile, in your kitchen or office — reinforces that idea in your mind regularly. That idea brings to mind another theme of my book :
What we focus on expands.
Where will your focus go? It’s up to you so choose your Quote Trailer/Cliff Note wisely. The universe will respond…
*Post your favorite (G Rated) quote below…