December 1, 2015

Don't quote me, but...

I truly believe this. Once connected, always connected.


As a lover of the written word in general, I'm a long time fan of the snapshot variety. The quote. My favourites are ones which utterly and completely capture a situation, emotion or a belief that I've had, or still have. They can be simple, just a few words, or a perhaps several paragraphs long; it really doesn't matter. The reason I like any of them is always the same; after reading them it's like someone has stepped inside my head, flicked the light on and cast a probing, all-knowing gaze over the corners of my mind, then unerringly plucked out the exact same thought.

"OMG, that is SO true!"

"Man, I can relate to that!"

"TELL me about it!"

Know what I mean? Ever had that feeling after reading one?

There are times when a quote can sum up precisely what I'm struggling to put into words (something I find incredibly frustrating). But then I'll stumble across a quote and think: "Yeah, that's it EXACTLY." I suspect having my feelings eloquently summed up this way helps my mental process a lot. At any rate, all I know is that I love these little mini bites of thought.

Consequently, I use quotes for lots of reasons in my daily life.
  • To motivate or inspire when I'm feeling a bit meh - feeding the mind with words that kick my arse into gear is aways a good start. If that fails, Spencer gets an extra walk while I power on through with headphones and music!
  • To lighten my mood - generally speaking, I'm an optimist but the Pisces in me can be a little overly dramatic at times so occasionally I need a lift with some humour. Laughter is the best medicine after all!
  • To send someone a message - they say a picture is worth a thousand words and attaching a snapshot of a quote to a text is so much faster than trying to explain what you're trying to say sometimes. This is called making technology work for you. Or being lazy. Whatever. It works for me.

There are quotes about absolutely any topic you can think of. Search Google for what you're looking for and I guarantee you'll find something. My personal favourites include fate, destiny, humour and souls that stay connected. There are literally THOUSANDS of quotes to wade through in cyberspace, so you can right-click-save or Pin til your little heart's content. I should probably also mention here that it is VERY addictive. You can lose an hour before you know it!

For the non-cyber quote collectors among you (and I am sure there will be quite a few) let me paint you a picture: it's akin to being a Tall Grass Devotee. Imagine walking through a never-ending field of tall grass, stretched out as far and as wide as the eye can see. You wander aimlessly around, touching each blade with your hand, savouring its texture between your fingers briefly before your eyes dart off to look at the next one, and then the next one, and then the next one, and then the next one. Occasionally you'll snap a blade off to keep, but still you wander, looking and snapping, snapping and looking, losing track of time and not caring because you're totally in the moment. It's bliss. After twenty minutes you can't see the edge of the field, you forgot why you even went there in the first place but you really don't care. You have fistfuls of grass!

The photo gallery on my phone will stand as testament to this incredibly time wasting fact. What on earth did we do before Pinterest, I ask? Ahem.

I literally have hundreds saved but thought I'd share a few that I'm loving a lot at the moment:

It's all about accentuating the positive!

The beach has always been my happy place.
One day I will live closer to one!


Yes, I am. And I'm worth it.

I think we can all relate to this one... the older I get, the
less inclined I am to tolerate anyone else's BS.


So tell me... do you love a quote? Relate to anything here? What's the best quote you've read lately?



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