Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Three Important Things

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Hello Optimists,

After thinking a bit more about yesterday's quote from Lost in Translation, I couldn't help but keep going back to the "know who you are and what you want" message that it sent. I'm always trying to figure that out....actually, I think we all are. A comment on yesterday's post proved that it's something we will probably always be trying to figure out (Thanks Joey for sharing your thoughts!). So in order to figure out who we want to be, we have to have some kind of idea of the qualities we would like to embody.

For some, this could be ambition, confidence, trust, and drive. Others may find that they want a quick wit, strength, integrity, and patience. Some may want a combination of these or many other things...there are millions of possibilities. (Suddenly I find myself back in 7th grade algebra..."How many possible outfits can Hannah make if she has 5 shirts and 3 pairs of pants?") But all calculators aside, this is really something to think about. We all have the freedom to design a combination of virtues and characteristics with which we live our lives and it's up to us to decide which ones to put into action. And better yet, we have the ability to surround ourselves with those traits to which we aspire to uphold through the people we associate with on a daily basis. It's so important to be sure of what you want for yourself, but we also must be aware of how those around us can be helping or hindering that process.

Digging deep within yourself to figure this all out and looking to others to help you along the way may seem like a daunting task, but lucky for us another reader-submitted quote seems to smooth everything out. Mike Thomas from The Thomas Organization left me a really great quote that lays out some really great virtues and ways to work them into your life...
Find strength in each other, courage in yourself, and hope in everyone else. 
Strength, courage and hope are definitely three of the things I want to have in my life. I think this is a really great quote because while it's important to have all three within yourself, it shows the importance of finding these qualities elsewhere as well. Courage, or having the ability to do something in the face of fear, is so important to have in life. We're constantly faced with obstacles and challenges that must be met only with the courage to defeat and conquer them. But to do this, we must be able to find strength not only in ourselves, but in others too, so that we can come together to reach a goal. And sometimes things are out of our control, and when this happens, we must have hope in those that do have the ability to face the challenge and can make a difference for us all. If we lose hope in everyone else, everyone else is sure to lose hope in us. This is definitely a quote to write down and try to put to action.

Strength. Courage. Hope. Three really important attributes in my eyes. Thanks to Mike Thomas for submitting such a great quote, and I hope you all can take something from this piece great of advice. It sure made me think!

Keep Smiling,

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