Photo: www.wendingerbandtravel.comHello Optimists,
Happy Friday! Gee, what a long week it has been...it felt like we had three Tuesdays or something this week! But alas, the weekend has arrived. Do you have any plans for the weekend or holiday? Well, if nothing is on the calendar yet, that's ok, it is supposed to be a beautiful weekend here on the east coast, so if nothing else, go take a run or a walk outside and enjoy the sunshine! I know I will be outside as much as I can this weekend, but I also have some exciting plans. I am heading down to visit my sister and we are heading to Washington D.C. on Saturday for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I'm really looking forward to it. I have never been to D.C. during this time, but I have heard that is it absolutely gorgeous, and I've actually seen a few articles online this past week highlighting it as one of the "must-see" places of the season. And today I picked up a copy of The Metro, and it was listed as one of the best festivals in the world- so I'm going in with some pretty big expectations.
It's been probably about 12 years (yikes!) since I've been down to the capital, which is pretty sad considering I live relatively close, so I don't remember much from my last trip. I guess that's a good thing though..I like seeing things with fresh eyes. So in celebration of my trip to the nation's capital this weekend, I thought I would feature a quote from the one who started it all, George Washington. It wasn't hard to find some great quotes from him, but something about this one really spoke to me.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for it is far better to be alone than in bad company. -George WashingtonI will be sure to recite this one in his honor as I stand at the base of his monument this weekend, but I think it's one that we should always keep in mind. They say it's "who ya know" that gets you where you want to be, and I guess to some extent I agree with that, but sometimes we've got to realize that "who we know" often have a reflection on us. We often hear the saying "you are who your friends are"...and this is true. People who may not even know you may judge you based solely on those you surround yourself with, and though that's not fair, that's sometimes how it goes. So make sure that your "friends" are people that you can trust and that have a reputation that you admire. If you don't feel that way about those you hang out with, then I think it's time to take some time off. Surround yourself with personalities you think highly of and that share similar ways of thinking; this will enhance your life so much more than people with whom you have no real connection. And if your mind is the only one you can connect with right now, then that's ok too...there's nothing wrong with spending some quality time with you. Take it from Washington, I think he knows a thing or two about independence...
So I guess G.W. knew a little more than just politics- he has some pretty awesome words of wisdom to share beyond the realm of foreign policy and political strategy. This is one quote to keep stored in the back of our minds and to revisit often...it's a way of keeping ourselves in check and making sure we are constantly improving the way we are viewed in the world. Great advice from a great inspiration- don't worry, I'll give the Big Guy a word of thanks from us all this weekend. Whether you're celebrating Easter or Passover or just the weekend, I hope you enjoy every minute of it.
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