In a world awash with media headlines, advertising slogans, bumper stickers, FB status updates, Tweets, and abbreviated OMG emoticons, it’s a wonder that complete thoughts still mean as much as they do.
If reader response to my ‘Quote of the Week’ section is any indicator, we continue to experience pithy ideas uttered or written by others as an opportunity to pause and ponder.
Earlier this month, I turned the tables, asking Pause readers to share their favorite quotes on balance and perspective with me. They did not disappoint.
And so, as promised, I share this contributed collection of inspiration – this bricolage – of words of meaning. A bricolage – my new favorite word – is something that is made or put together with whatever materials happen to be available. That’s a pretty apt description of all those quotes and phrases that hang on our refrigerators or bulletin boards, frame our computer screens, and adorn the tail end of our email messages.
I’ve chosen a baker’s dozen to share in the body of this e-zine. And, this link will take you to the complete collection of contributions. (Where sources were provided I’ve included them with the quotes.)
Thanks to all of you who took the time to dip into your collections and share your favs with the rest of us.
This will be my last Pause message of the year. I’m taking the week between Christmas and New Year’s to pause, relax and celebrate with family.
I’ll be devoting the first week of the New Year to a couple of specific creative projects. And, so, your first Pause e-zine of 2012 will appear in your In Box on January 11.
In the meantime, I wish you and yours the very best of the season – a time of warmth and fellowship. May you gather close and set aside your lists of things to do while you experience and remember what matters most in this wild and woolly world of ours. Peace, love, joy, hope and pause to you all.
PS – Here’s a link to our 2011 Katz Family Photo Review, if you care to take a peak.
A Bricolage Of Inspiration
Via Alvina F:
Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.
Via Mo K:
Live so that they won’t have to lie at your funeral.
To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better. – Victor Hugo
Via Dawn M:
The world is wide, and I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. – Frances Willard
Via Cheryl W:
I can’t be happy every day, but at least I can be cheerful !
Via Stacy M:
Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing. – George Perera
Via Lou M:
Work when there is work to do. Rest when you are tired. One thing done in peace will most likely be better than ten things done in panic. I am not a hero if I deny rest; I am only tired. – Susan McHenry
Via Sherrill M:
I believe that for each of us, the presence of our being is the greatest gift we can give. Truly accepting and loving ourselves has a ripple effect beyond comprehension. – Courtney Milne
Via Susan E:
Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.
Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.
Via Allan P:
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Via Janice T:
You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
Via Debbie W:
Have a wonderful festive season and may your gifts of togetherness with family and friends be wrapped up with ribbons and bows!
Once again, here is the link to the complete collection of contributions . Enjoy!