Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Words of Wisdom

With everything that I am going through, I have been reading quite a few things that I've found encouraging. These are usually my go to poems/ quotes, etc. that I've placed all around me at my desk here at work. I thought I'd share a few- because they definitely help inspire me to keep going.

“It does us no good whatsoever to complain or be bitter about what’s happening. In fact, such behavior can only do us harm. We waste precious energy if we resist, get angry, or give in to grief over all that’s being lost. We jeopardize our future if we cling to old assumptions and expectations about how careers should operate.
Frankly, the world doesn’t care about our opinions. Or our feelings. The world rewards only those of us who catch on to what’s happening, who invest our energy in finding and seizing the opportunities brought about by change.

And change always comes bearing gifts.”

Price Pritchett The Employee Handbook of New Work Habits For A Radically Changing World

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs, at a college graduation

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the
chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
there is one elementary truth the ignorance of
which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that
the moment one definitely commits oneself, then
providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to
help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen
incidents and meetings and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamed would have
come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now".

J. W. von Goethe


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling

and lastly...
this from Maya Angelou, not so much words of encouragement, but it's a constant reminder for me regarding my switch in careers.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Life is GRAND!
Super Panda

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