This week a blogger named G Angela who blogs at Living A Life Of Gratitude invited me to do a three-day blogging quote challenge. Blogging challenges are something many bloggers do to help each other inspire ideas and new content. And since I’ve had a very busy (but enjoyable week), and I love quotes to begin with, I thought I’d take her up on it. Of course in true SMART Living 365 fashion, I’m adapting the three days of quotes into one. With that in mind, here are my favorite three quotes of all time–along with my challenge to three new bloggers I follow.
“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing.”
Whenever I am asked what my favorite quote is I always revert to this one by Helen Keller. However, that quote is just the end of a paragraph that is equally inspiring. It begins with, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure, or nothing.”
I think what makes this quote so very powerful to me is that it comes from a woman who lost her sight and hearing at 18 months old. Yet even with such a huge disadvantage Helen Keller went on to graduate with outstanding honors from Radcliffe College at the age of 24. Eventually she became an esteemed author, activist and humanitarian. That a woman in that day and age could succeed against overwhelming odds and become such a powerful voice for the betterment of others is inspiring for us all.
“To live well, to laugh often, to love much, to gain the respect of intelligent people, to win the love of little children. To fill one’s niche and accomplish one’s task, to leave the world better than one finds it whether by an improved flower, a perfect poem or another life ennobled. To never lack appreciation of earth’s beauty or fail to express it, to always look for the best in others, to give the best one has. To make one’s life an inspiration and one’s memory a benediction. This is success.”
The first time I read this quote I was a senior in high school and it helped me claim what I hoped would be my path in life. And although I was under the impression that this written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, there is now evidence that a very similar version was originally penned by a woman named Bessie A. Stanley in a book called Heart Throbs, Volume II in 1911. Regardless of its true author, it reminds me that a successful and happy life is much more than how much money a person has, how big a house, or indeed, how famous any of us becomes. This remains the best quote I have ever read about what makes a person a success.
“Every day you can choose to be happy, loving and live life to Its fullest. Remember, you get to make it up!”
The author of this quote is my husband Thom Gottberg and it remains one of my favorites. Back in the late ‘90s Thom and I created a local avant-garde spiritual community where we could freely explore and experience a wide variety of spiritual ideas and practices with others who were interested. For nearly 10 years we hosted weekly guest speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds with the belief that each of us should find and experience spirituality in a way that worked best for ourselves. Thom’s quote was a reminder of the choices we had and the responsibility that came with it. Although that group no longer meets, Thom’s quote continues to help guide my life.
So there you have it. These quotes continue to inspire me every day of my life. What about you? What is your favorite quote and why? Please share it in the comments below.
I am happy to take part in this Blogging Quote challenge. I challenge the following nominees to carry it forward in a way that works for them:
Leanne @ Cresting The Hill
Haralee @ Haralee.com
Lois @ The Eco-Grandma
Here are the directions about the 3-Day Quote Challenge that I received.
- Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author or your own. Or make up your own schedule like I did!
- Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them
- Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
Again, I thank G Angela @ Living A Life of Gratitude for nominating me for this challenge…