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I love TED and the many speakers they bring in to discuss various topics.

This one is from General Colin Powell and it’s about how structure helps kids grow up smarter and become their best.

Kids need the gift of a good start…They need to be a part of a tribe, community, family…There are kids that can make it, if you give them structure…All of us have to have a commitment to do that…We have to invest in our future.”

Some good insight from General Powell and worth the watch.

Always be looking for that which you do well and that which you love doing, and when you find those two things together — man, you got it.”

Thanks for the perspective and good advice. What do you think? Do kids need structure?

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to finish reading a couple book series. One of these series is written by Emily Giffin. She’s the author behind a five book series that all got started with “Something Borrowed,” made into a film with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. The third novel in the series is “Baby Proof.”

 

It’s one of those tales that makes you realize how true love can defeat anything. Not right away maybe, but it usually wins out in challenging, difficult situations eventually. It doesn’t necessarily makes sense, but like the age-old saying, “if it’s meant to be, it will be.”

 

Without realizing that I was getting this type of true love reinforcement throughout the book, only until the end did it click for me and made me reflect back on my own love life. So without giving away the ending, here are some of the moments in the book that now looking back strike me as hitting the nail right on the ‘love’ head.

I shake my head and say, “I can’t have a baby just to get Ben back.”

“Well then,” he says slowly. “I guess he’s not your soul mate…So that should be a consolation when you’re looking up their future marathon results.”

“Why do you say that?” I ask, feeling oddly defensive. As much as I want to feel okay about Ben in the present, I don’t like the implication that what we had wasn’t, at one time, the real thing.

“Well, because,” Ethan says, “you’d do anything to get a soul mate back, right?…I mean, that’s the nature of soul mates. You know, Romeo and Juliet swallowed poison to be together…So if Ben were really the one for you, don’t you think you’d go ahead and have his baby?”

Excellent point.

Essentially, he was just saying what we’ve all heard a million times — love conquers all.

The most basic, yet often forgotten, principle.

“I realized, almost in an instant, that I no longer bought all the propaganda about relationships ending because of bad timing and incompatibility and outside influences, like wanting or not wanting a baby. A baby is huge — it doesn’t get much bigger than that — but so is religion and age and geography and being married to other people and feuding houses and so many other seemingly insurmountable factors that couple encounter and defeat when love is true.” …

But more likely it’s because she’s finally in the kind of sincere relationship where you follow your own gut about things rather than polling your friends at every turn.

A friend once asked me why I don’t ever vent about my boyfriend with our girlfriends. Without ever thinking about it before, I told her that if there’s something that bothers me, I just talk to him about it. It doesn’t make me feel better to talk about it with friends. The other thing is that I’ve known my boyfriend longer than the majority of my friends, so I can talk to him as my boyfriend and best friend.

We will likely be asked to tell it again tonight. I’m sure we will roll our eyes and say, “Again?” while secretly relishing every part of the story — our story… Perhaps I will imbue it with the literary significance that was never lost on me: There we were in O. Henry’s booth, playing out our own version of the “Gift of the Magi.” Each of us willing to give up something for the other, for love.

Having met my soul mate so young in life, our love has often been questioned, misunderstood, not taken as seriously in the eyes of others. For the longest time, that bothered me. A few years ago, having our own time apart, nothing was more clear to me that our love was worth it. That confidence, in knowing, is all I needed to no longer care what others say or think. We’re building our story our way, and there’s something pretty cool about that.

Have you learned any lessons in love and relationships?

 Baby Proof

The GIft of the Magi

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“You feel guilty because you’re American. You don’t know how to enjoy yourself.

It’s true.

Americans know entertainment, but don’t know pleasure…

You want to know your problem? Americans, you work too hard, you get burned out. Then you come home and spend the whole weekend in your pajamas in front of the TV.

But you don’t know pleasure, you have to be told you have to earn it.

La Dolce Far Niente – The sweetness of doing nothing.”

~ Eat, Pray, Love

“Each person has a word. Each city has a word. What’s your word? Not what you do, but who you are.”

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“If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris

In my attempt to slowly declutter my condo, which for me as a pack rat is incredibly trying, this quote from The Happiness Project’s Moment of Happiness by Gretchen Rubin really spoke to me.

It serves as a good reminder – if it’s not useful (which according to some folks means if you haven’t used it in the last six months or the test I like, put it in a garbage bag in your closet or trunk of your car, and if you don’t need it in six months or even remember what’s in the bag for that matter, then it really isn’t useful), you don’t need it.

Careful on the “believe to be beautiful” because pack rats, like me, love to think the emotional attachment we have to something should be a strong enough reason to keep it. So I’m translating that part of the quote as sentimentally beautiful, but still falling into the bucket of useful to some degree, not just sitting on a shelf collecting dust.

What quote gives you inspiration? Share it in the comments and let’s share the inspiration!

 

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I found the below post on a blog called Then Life Happens and it made such an impression on me that I wanted to share it with you all.

With that, I say to you: “I Wish You Enough”

I wish you enough

It’s a wish that has been handed down through generations in my family. My parents used to say it to everyone. When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.

  • I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
  • I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
  • I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
  • I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
  • I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
  • I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
  • I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

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A little inspiration

Every once in awhile I come across a quote that I find inspiring. Here are two that I found and seemed to be exactly what I needed to hear.

“Dream your dreams with open eyes and make them come true.” ~ T.E. Lawrence

“It is never too late to become what you might have become.” ~ George Eliot

Do these inspire you? What are some quotes that you like to reference from time to time? Leave yours in the comments section below.

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