Post the most memorable/inspirational quote from your day (each day, when applicable).
Keep this challenge in mind throughout each day, make conversation, ask questions that matter, eavesdrop on nearby conversations. Then, tell us– what are the good folks in your life saying?
Maybe your boss is a positive-reinforcement ninja, or a reporter on the news asked a tough question of a politician, or you smile after seeing a sidewalk-chalk drawing of a glass half full.
As always, bonus points if it has the potential to make the world a better place… but hey, feel free to think as far outside the box as you like. If you happen be inspired by humor, quote the joker. If you are inspired by the silence after an insult, tell us the story. If you can pull an inspirational quote from the TV, a song, or a sports match, go for it.
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Day 1: It already happened and it’s not even 10am. Thank you Jean. Jean is my roommate’s girlfriend. This morning she offered to go pick up some feed for our chickens. The big question: Organic or inorganic? I’m notoriously cheap, so I admitted I’m okay with either one, but probably more like 60% in favor of inorganic and 40% in favor of organic, because organic costs twice as much as inorganic. She said, “That’s true if you think like a capitalist, but we don’t have chickens to make money.” So simply stated! My first thought was that you have to think like a capitalist when you’re spending money. But you don’t have to think only like a capitalist. She’s right; we don’t have chickens to make money. We don’t even have chickens to save money. We have chickens partly as pets and partly to know that chickens are being cared for and partly for delicious eggs whenever we want them and partly to boycott unsustainable industrial agriculture and partly to avoid recalls and salmonella and partly to share eggs with our friends and neighbors. The idea of spending as little as possible while maximizing output without taking into consideration the complex relationships behind a monetary transaction is widely engrained in the minds of people in western culture. So, then, the conversation turned toward not only the chemicals that can accumulate in chickens over time, but the unknown risks of GMOs and the ridiculously corrupt corn industry we’d be supporting. Movies and books came up: King Corn, Fresh, Food Inc., Omnivore’s Dilemma. Of course it’s worth a few extra dollars a month to take better care of our chickens and our own health, and to support responsible practices. Thanks to “… if you think like a capitalist…”
1. A quote from my friend Neil, who is in Indonesia on a mission to teach classes at orphanages around the world. He was sitting at the beach, after about a year of planning, and before works starts. This was what he was looking at:
The quote: “Savor all this, son…There is a tough road ahead of you.” I just love Neil’s determination, but it’s also important to just enjoy the beauty around you.
If you want to learn more about Neil’s organization that is helping bring education to the world’s orphanages, visit www.teachaclass.org
2. I was reading the speech President Obama gave in El Paso and many phrases stood out, but one I wanted to call attention to: “It was a reminder of a simple idea, as old as America itself: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants — a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America’s ideals and America’s precepts.”
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the latin phrase “E pluribus unum”. It’s on our currency and is one of the very principles that led to the founding of the United States of America. There it is again, in our own name. It was just a powerful statement and something to reminder when we think about immigration reform.
3. I saw a pretty cool article about these runners with incredible streaks where they’ve been running at least a mile, every day for years. Sometimes 30! Here’s a quote that was pretty inspirational: “All are tethered by a common compulsion: to never be too injured, sick, sore, tired, depressed, hungover, sleepy, hungry, full, busy or lazy to finagle their way out of exercise, to skip a day of running.” http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201105/runners-feat-travels-decades
4. I don’t know if this counts, but it should:
5. My friend Will on whether putting yourself through the hell of working full-time and going to school full-time is worth it: “A year and a half of hardship is better than a lifetime in a job or career you hate. It was worth it and I’d do it again.”
Day 1: Okay, so I didn’t notice the challenge yesterday. Reflecting on my day yesterday I only remember one “quote.” Sadly, and perhaps pompously, I said it. I think it was pretty good, but more importatnly, I think it carried meaning. So, my wife has been preparing to take this certification test for the last week or so. She is easily nerved up and made anxious. She was having a really hard time yesterday, and she just kept saying “what if I don’t pass.” My quote: IN TAKING A TEST, OR IN LIFE IN GENERAL, YOU CAN’T GET FIXATED ON “PASSING” AND “FAILING.” NOBODY CAN CONTROL WHETHER HE OR SHE PASSES OR FAILS A TEST. HOWEVER, THE ONE THING YOU CAN CONTROL IS HOW WELL PREPARED YOU ARE. IF YOU ARE WELL PREPARED FOR THE TEST, WELL…THAT’S ALL YOU CAN DO. SO, STOP FOCUSING ON WHETHER YOU’LL PASS OR NOT, AND FOCUS INSTEAD ON WHETHER YOU FEEL PREPARED OR NOT. Does that count as a quote?? Seems a little long. Oh well, I like it.
Day 2: I was just watching the 30 for 30 special about SMU. My quote of the day comes from a guy who was talking about how to stop the cheating in college football. He said: “SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.” “YEAH, WELL TO THAT, I SAY THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE A MOUTHY KID!” Haha. Okay not meaningful, but hilarious.