It is said that in your lifetime, you’ll spend approximately 5 years standing in line! That’s a lot of time wasted. It always boggles my mind when I see women in the market waiting in line and reaching for the salacious tabloid magazines. I almost feel as if we’ve become robotic in the way we live. I recently read a quote (forgive me for I do not know the original source) that stated that each time we watch reality TV another book commits suicide. How true!!
Although I took a shot at writing my memoir (my first book), I am not one to push reading down anyone’s throat. In fact, Bella, my daughter (and avid reader), has probably read more books in the last five years than I have in my entire life. However, I do wholeheartedly believe that all it takes is one sentence, perhaps even one word in a book, to reshape your thinking or relationship/s with others.
Use these five years wisely. While others are filling their heads with more junk, feed your mind (and soul) with priceless ideas found in so many great books. Carry a book of inspirational quotes with you, or a subject you rather enjoy, and expand your mind and thoughts.
As philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote: ” There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and understand, would be more salutary than the morning or the spring of our lives, and possibly put a new aspect on the face of things for us.”
A great quote by comedian and actor Steve Martin, “Be so good that people cannot ignore you.”
One of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes, ” Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.”
If you’ve read my book, If I Only Knew… you probably know by now that I don’t live in fear! In fact, there’s very little I (if anything) that I fear. Surviving an abusive marriage with an ex-mobster and than meeting in covert FBI offices to have to figure out a plan to get my last ex-husband (I’m like Elizabeth Taylor, minus the fabulous diamonds) and escaping communism, while surviving my personal holocaust in Israel has rendered me immune to fear.
My daughter is in her 30s and finally embarking on all of her dreams and facing all of her fears head-on. Watching her fears transform to triumphs is the greatest pleasure a strong-willed (and overbearing Jewish mother! if you ask Bella) mother can have. In fact, most of the fears one has never become a reality!!! You can quote me on that one.
Have an inspirational quote you’d like to share? Please do so below in the comments section.
Till next time,
“I cursed the fact I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” — Persian Proverb