"When you grow up in middle America you are inculcated from the earliest age with the belief - no, the understanding - that America is the richest and most powerful nation on earth because God likes us best... Countries just don't come any better. So why anyone would want to live anywhere else is practically incomprehensible. In a foreigner it is puzzling; in a native it is seditious." -Bill Bryson
Post by doctoranda on Sept 19, 2017 16:47:38 GMT -5
I like two that are related and keep me motivated in several aspects in life like my career and marriage. One is something we used to say in Alanon in the Netherlands but I don't know its origin:" It works if you work it." Meaning as long as you keep working at it, it will actually work (not sit back and expect it to happen by itself as well I guess). And another one is "Trust the process", told to me by one of my professors when I was taking my comprehensive exams for my Ph.D. These two sayings make me keep going when things get rough.
Post by dorothyinAus on Sept 20, 2017 20:26:35 GMT -5
I have a few that I have written down in my journal and on the first page of my day planner. But the one that I come back to over and over is the last stanza of Robert Frost's poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. Honestly the whole poem is a touch-point for me, it is my favorite poem and feels so real and full of meaning. I have often thought of it as a written record of prayer-in-place. Anyway, the quote is:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.