Today, I want to introduce a new series to the blog, which will host specific quotes that inspire me and that I hope will have the same effect on you. My entire life I have loved reading and am incredibly moved by the power of words. Morning quiet time spent with my Bible brings about feelings of calm throughout my day, where as motivational fitness quotes I find on Instagram get me fired up to hit the gym and push through a grueling workout. I recently began reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, which is a book all about utilizing our innate creativity; and do you know what this book has taught me…. that I am not very creative!!
But, even still, the words of the book itself have moved me to realize that while I will never the be one to write the great American novel, I can bring the words that so inspire me to those who choose to read my blog. Each week, I will pick a quote that has effected me in some way, written by someone far more talented than I, in hopes that I will encourage others go to a library, get on your Nook, borrow books from your grandma and let the words run through you and encourage you to make your life as beautiful as the sentences that you read.
QOTD (Quote of the Day)
“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.” -Charles R. Swindoll
Wow, how can anyone read these words and not me moved to do something epic with their life? I chose this because I have recently been dealing with the topic of entitlement and I feel as though our society has grown up to believe we are entitled to everything, and that working hard for anything is beneath us. Heaven forbid we have to put in time, energy, money, sacrifice or initiative.
I encourage you, and even more myself, to refuse to give up, to take these words and apply them to your goals, dreams and passions. If you want to be an athlete, is the reward not worth the effort? If you want to be an engaged parent, if the result not worth the struggle? Even if everything we even wanted could be laid at our feet, would it be as sweet if we did nothing to work for it?
I posted previously that I have a dream of opening a non-profit gym which helps to train at risk youth for a career in the health and fitness industry. I am currently a social worker who just enjoys working out and training other people. I have no experience running a business and a non-profit at that. But knowing all of this, does not mean that I should not pursue this dream. I think of all the non-profits that are out there now that serve the most amazing purpose and I have to believe that not every one was created and run by a business major or someone who has a degree in non-profits. I have to believe that not everyone who every helped others waited around for the perfect opportunity to fall in their laps, but that they refused to settle and push through circumstances that are not in your favor. So I will follow the words of Charles Swindoll and I will visualize what I want to achieve and continue to strive to soar.
If you wish to read the book of which this quote was derived from, I personally read it in Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure, which is not the original source, but it was a wonderful book that I have read multiple times through. Candace is a devout Christian and this book a a faith based book on her journey to health and advice to the readers on getting healthy, the Biblical perspective of health living and personal antidotes.
Please let me know if this quote speaks to you or if there are any dreams that you wish to pursue, but maybe haven’t yet.