I have to admit that I totally forgot about posting a blog today! I fear that my blogger street cred (is that a thing?) is in serious jeopardy. Honestly, I had a lot going on today and, as usual, got a late start. The day got away from me and here it is 10:31 CST on Sunday night and I’m only just now keeping my commitment to bring you daily inspiration. I’ll keep it short and sweet and quote one of my favorites from Dr. Maya Angelou:
I hope that however you spent your Sunday, whether in relaxation, or worship, or time with friends and family, or preparing for the week ahead, that it was all that you needed it to be. May you be blessed in health, wholeness and joy!
Every once in while, I come across a quote that brings a smile to my face because it reflects a lesson I learned a long time ago. I used to be the type of person who was absolutely consumed with worrying about what other people thought of me. It started in my teens, as is the norm for most people, but continued well into my twenties. More than simple concern about a good reputation, it became a hard knot of anxiety that I carried with me everywhere. I finally got over it by the time I was thirty, but still struggled with wanting to please my family. There’s nothing wrong with that, and in fact, I still put a lot of weight in the opinions of my loved ones. But now, I balance it with making sure that I’m true to myself.
Whew! That was a long introduction for a short quote. Y’all know how I do; once I get going, it’s hard for me a cut it off. Anyway, I hope this quote speaks to you as much as is speaks to me.
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Lady Roosevelt was a wise woman. Remember, what other people think of you is really none of your business.
It’s that time again! Are y’all ready for a quote that I’m pretty sure I’m going to make my life’s mantra? Ok, then here goes!
You have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life?
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Is that not one of the most lovely sentiments you’ve ever read? For more (and if you can believe it, it gets better) go read the full scene from the book here. I read Little Women every year at Christmas when I was a little girl, and it just keeps getting better. Most recently, I’ve been inspired to write simple stories about ordinary people and the extraordinary impact they can have on the world. If I’m able to capture a fraction of what Ms. Alcott did, I’ll count myself a success.
But back to the quote. If you’ve every been discouraged by life not turning out the way you expected it to, remember this quote and remind yourself that sometimes there are plans greater than ours to be had. Embrace it.