“…if we want to direct our lives…”

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.

~Tony Robbins

On this Wisdom Wednesday (my first in quite a while), this thing about consistency is brought to my awareness again. A few years ago, I was posting regularly. I peppered in photography and quotes weekly to break the monotony and ease my writing load. I gradually got out of the habit and quit writing altogether, with a few exceptions here and there.

As we begin a new year, I am recommitting myself to writing regularly. My goal isn’t perfection but consistency. (Until I get ahead on some content, I may be posting later than I’d like… like today.) Until then, enjoy the last few hours of your Wisdom Wednesday!

“Sing with me, just for today…”

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

~Steven Tyler

Today, I resume my Wisdom Wednesday quotes. (I first began in January of 2014… the 22nd to be specific, and stopped in July of the same year.) As I was thinking about which quote I would use today, I thought about all the Wisdom I’ve found in songs.

Dream On, “very possibly the best song ever written” (as my kids often heard me say) has been a favorite of mine since I put endless quarters in the juke box at Pizza Hut to hear it over and over again.

It is now the music on my alarm to wake me up in the morning. Tyler wrote these lyrics when he was young. I suspect they are more true for him now, than they were back then. I know they are for me. Now is all we have, so sing for whatever is going on in your life. It goes by “like dusk to dawn.”

“Just for today…” Happy Wisdom Wednesday!

Babies…

Babies are such a nice way to start people.

~Don Herold

 

I spent this morning with my granddaughter.  She is 17 months old and so much fun.  Hope your Wisdom Wednesday was as happy as mine.      

Far better it is to dare…

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

~Theodore Roosevelt

When I experience an epic fail, I remember… it’s epic.  If I wasn’t attempting anything big, I would be in that safe “gray” place.  On this Wisdom Wednesday, I will remember that failure is a sign that I am truly living!

Whatever you can do…

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!
~Attributed to Goethe by W.H. Murray in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

The boldness of taking action, especially when I don’t know how everything will play out, sets things in motion I couldn’t even imagine. On this Wisdom Wednesday, I am reminded once again to keep doing the next right thing and then expect great results.

Start where you are…

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

~Arthur Ashe

On this Wisdom Wednesday, I am reminded that I used to want conditions to be perfect before embarking on a new endeavor.  I have learned that if I wait until I am an expert, until I have everything I need, and until I am able to do everything necessary to achieve a goal, I will never begin.       

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

 

from the Declaration of Independence, United States of America

 

As I celebrate this Independence Day, I have never been more grateful for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Happy Fourth of July!

What light is to the eyes…

What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
~Robert Green Ingersoll

 

On this Wisdom Wednesday, Independence Day is just around the corner here in America.  I am grateful to live in what Francis Scott Key called the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”