As a teenager, I collected quotes. I had a small bound notebook that I had purchased while travelling in Nepal when I was 15. In this notebook I wrote snippets from books I was reading, quotes from cards, posters, bookmarks and any other words that resonated with me at the time. This notebook expanded into 2 or 3 notebooks. I stopped filling the books some time in my early twenties, but every now and then I still like to collect the odd quote or two to inspire and remind. I have a particular favourite on my fridge at the moment.
My mother is a quote collector. Quotes on inner beauty by the bathroom mirror were not unusual. I found this quote on her kitchen bench when last at her house. I had come across it before, but not in it’s entirety. It is just what I need to hear at the moment.
(Although often attributed to Nelson Mandela, this quote can be found in A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3])
Each year I like to have a word to describe the year to come. Two years ago, it was the year of ‘me’, last year the word was ‘survival’ and this year was going to be the year to find ‘balance’. I’m certainly more on track with feeling balanced this year and I was all set to join in Maxabella’s ‘one word for 2012′ meme earlier on in the year, but the word just didn’t feel right. I read this great post about the myth of balance and realised why I hadn’t been comfortable with it. So this year is going to be my year of allowing myself to overcome my fears and to shine and to explore even more of my creative side.
What does the year ahead hold for you?