Dear Catie, The other night we opened up our ‘Quote Books’.

And I wanted to post a lot of mine. However, this one in particular will be upon your request where we posted the ones we did collectively with reader Adam.

Our Chat
 

Me: (Who is completely obsessed with relatable quotes)
“If you insist on measuring yourself, put the tape around your heart instead of your head.” – Mr. Rogers

“Even if you are on the right track, you will be run over if you just sit there.” -Anonymous

“If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever be able to recognize when you’ve arrived?” – Anonymous

“Oh, the lovely thinking! The beautiful thinking.” John Steinbeck from East of Eden

“One of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.” -Annie Proulx

“The smallest goal achieved stands taller than the greatest intention. Do whatever your heart leads you to do — but do it!” – Unknown

“Treat problems as opportunities to be creative. As a result, your life will be vastly enriched.” – Anonymous

“He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes books.” – Anonymous

“One day is worth two tomorrows.” – Anonymous

“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.” – Anonymous

“A little neglect may breed mischief; for want of a nail the shoe for the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost; for want of the rider the battle was lost.” – Anonymous

“Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” – Anonymous

“If a man empties his purse in to his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Anonymous

Adam: (Who is completely obsessed with American History / Presidents)
“We better hang together, because we will certainly hang seperately.” ~Ben Franklin

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” ~ JFK

“It is certain that we will, when we will.” – St. Augustine

“Comformity is the jailor of freedom and the enemy of growth,” – JFK

“You have nothing to fear but fear itself,” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free,” – Abraham Lincoln

“I will fight no more, forever,” – Chief Joseph

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick,” ` Theodore Roosevelt

“Facts are the enemy of truth,” – Don Quixote

“It is to be remembered, too, that the affections of men generally turns towards power,” – Alexis de Tocqueville

Catie: (Who is uplifting when we need it)
“May Fear & Dread not conquer me.” -Buddha

“You don’t love because, you love despite, not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” – William Faulkner

“…A different plant grows from each kind of seed.” – 1 Cor. 15:38

“The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and the stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ form each other in their glory.” – 1 Cor. 15:41

“Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances.Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion. Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.” – Buddha

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain…” – Vivian Greene

“It is good to take others into account but when you start letting other peoples feelings and emotions dictate your decisions you only hurt yourself.” – Catie Cappadonna

“Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past.” – Isaiah 43:18

“The limit to your abilities is where you place it.” – unknown

“When love is not madness, it is not love.” – Pedro Calderon

“Be bold enough to dream even if you have to take huge risks. Never Ever Settle for anything but the VERY Best.” – Catie Cappadonna

Dear Catie, Resolutions in Review: Week Two

Miranda’s Resolutions in Review

Apologize only when I regret. 

Same progress as last. Guilt-manipulation is harder to pull on me.

Be positive.

Yes. Yes. Yes.
No more sodas.

I totally had my fifth Dr. Pepper last night. Oh well. Five in 17 days. I’m okay with it. It’s progress.
No more fast food.

Let’s just leave it at ‘I am failing this one’, and call it a day. (:
Plan ahead on school work. 

I am still doing the thing at work where, in down time, I open my books to study! I have read the intro to both my Creative Writing books (two of them) and my Spanish!
Write for 30 minutes, every day.
This. This is still happening, and I am also roleplaying again on GW2. It’s been fun times.
Work out.

Am I taking out time to work out? No. I am not. I realized that my priority to do this has shifted. I am too busy trying to integrate writing my book, my new job schedule, and next week my school schedule in to my life, and trying to integrate work outs on top of that is going to drive me over the edge because if I don’t do it, I will feel like a failure and stop ALL of the things I am trying to do. So, this does on the back burner.

Flesh out one of the many ideas I have for a book, and write a plot line.

This is the same, and I am going to high light it in green from now on and not comment more than ‘it’s coming along’ or something, since I have achieved this.

God, God, God.
I can always do more here, but I am also speaking to Him more than ever.

Work on at least two of these resolutions each week.

I really like that I changed this last one from ‘Complete 2’ because Resolutions don’t end. Mine are life-style changes. And it feels good to know that I am doing way better at my resolutions this year than last. Heck yes.
Love you, B.

Miranda

Dear Catie, my mind is blown.

One of the biggest problems with people in relationships, marriage or otherwise, is a lack of understanding in this very passage from Allegiant.

“I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe thats true of beginnings, but It’s not true of this, now.

I fell in love with him. But I dont just stay with him by default as if there is no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s powerful. It has nothing to do with religious limitations or mpral obligation.

A lot of people leave when the fire is out. They don’t realize the many ways to start a fire. They try a couple of ways but give up. If X amount of tries didn’t work, then X more will do little else.

It’s a choice. A choice to give up. A choice to seek.  A choice to stay. And we will always face this choice.

I think our readers can benefit from that passage. I know I did. It blew my mind.

I remain an optimist.  That will be hard to change. There is always a way.

There is always a choice.