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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Change your life with the words of others.

Simple idea... too simple to be effective, surely?


You'd assume that is the case, but I assure you, it isn't.


As a few of you know, I have been trying a new thing to inspire me into making good life choices, which is so simple, I'm angry I haven't thought of it before.


Basically, I have taken fifteen quotes that I find either relate-able or inspiring, wrote them down on a piece of paper and stuck them on the cabinet that is above my bed. 


This is the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I see before I go to sleep at night. 


And the influence it has had on my life is fairly dramatic already.


I can honestly say that I have NEVER felt so inspired in my whole entire life. I'm motivated and ready to change the world... even if that sounds ridiculous. I don't care. I'm ready to do it!


It's hard to describe... I think you really need to choose your own quotes/lyrics before you can truly see the effect this simple exercise can have on your life.


"Don't let pain define you. I do that a lot... but we can fight it together. We fight together." - Hayley Williams
"Sanity is not statistical". - George Orwell
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." - Randy Pausch
"To be happy, it first takes being comfortable being in your own shoes. The rest can work up from there." - Sophia Bush
"A scar is just a mark, not a burden but a start of something new" - 'Crystal Clear' by Young Guns
"All that is waiting for you won't come any closer, you've got to reach a little more" - 'Careful' by Paramore
"When we think we know people inside out and we think we know what's best for them, we should try to remember: We don't even know what's best for ourselves" - Hayley Williams
"With the birds I share this lonely view" - 'Scar tissue' by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
"They'll suppress you of your spirits and rinse you dry of smiles" - 'Stand Up' by Jessie J
"My horizons lies a jagged line, I can clearly see the mountains that i've yet to climb, I'll get there if it kills me" - 'Weight of the world' by Young Guns
"I'll never be what you want, I wouldn't change any part of me just to make you stay" - 'Never be what you want' by We are the in crowd
"Be unforgettable" - Hayley Williams
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." - Martin Luther King Jr
"What we see depends mainly on what we look for." - Judy Holliday
"There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner, who would hurt all mankind just to save his own." - 'People get ready' by Eva Cassidy
"There was never a good war or a bad peace" - Benjamin Franklin 
I'm working on getting more quotes, but these are the ones I've got so far.


This probably won't help anyone, but hey, who knows? It's worth a shot, isn't it?


It seriously is insane how much of an impact it can have on your life, to allow the wisdom of others to seep into your own brain. Everyone has at least one wise thought in their lifetime. If you listen to these thoughts, perhaps one a day, or a week, for the rest of your life, you can bet that you are able to stop existing and start living.


Living a life that is not dictated by self-doubt, discrimination and hatred. And if your able to do that? You are better than most in modern day society. So you can be proud of that.

Got any quotes/lyrics you think should be on here?



Please, comment!


Lauren xxx


P.S. Thanks to Steve for suggesting the Benjamin Franklin/Eva Cassidy quote/lyrics. I love them! 

4 comments:

  1. There has never been a good war or a bad peace.

    This sums up my view of war - Benjamin Franklin, whose quote this is, obviously had the same opinion...

    Steve

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  2. You've probably done a dangerous thing by inviting comments to this, Lauren! As you know, words play a crucial role in my life - and I have a gzillion potential contributions to complement your fine work above.
    I will try to limit myself, but I make no promises!
    I'm not a religious person, but Curtis Mayfield's lyrics for People Get Ready send out a great message for life in my view (other opinions are, of course, available...).
    Couple those with the late, much loved and much missed Eva Cassidy's heart-rending version of the song and you have a recipe for reducing me to tears.

    Steve (again!)

    People get ready, there's a train a comin'
    You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
    All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
    Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

    People get ready for the train to Jordan
    It's picking up passengers from coast to coast
    Faith is the key, open the doors and board 'em
    There's hope for all among those loved the most.

    There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
    Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own
    Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
    For there's no hiding place against the Kingdom's throne

    So people get ready, there's a train a comin'
    You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
    All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
    Don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

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  3. Thanks for your comments Steve! ^_^

    I love these, especially Benjamin Franklin's one! I've never heard of "People get ready", but the lyrics are so beautiful, I had to youtube it...

    Lovely song!

    Lauren xxx

    P.S. I still need to reply to your P.M... So sorry Steve! The last reply was so long, I'm still attempting to re-write it all! >:(

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  4. I have one thing in common with the Governor of California - I also said "I'll be back!" and here am I. Perhaps because I'm seeing Jimmy Eat World tonight, perhaps just because of the person I am, I wanted to share the following with you.
    It's maybe going off at a tangent to the original idea of this blog, but hey - that's me! Whenever you are missing someone special who has passed away, please consider the lyrics below to Hear You Me. I do and it helps. And Lauren - I have my own special reason for this: if I'm feeling brave, I'll explain next time we meet...

    Steve (yet again!)

    There's no one in town I know
    You gave us some place to go
    I never said thank you for that
    I thought I might get one more chance

    What would you think of me now?
    So lucky, so strong, so proud
    I never said thank you for that
    Now I'll never have a chance

    May Angels lead you in
    Hear you me my friends
    On sleepless roads, the sleepless go
    May Angels lead you in

    So what would you think of me now?
    So lucky, so strong, so proud
    I never said thank you for that
    Now I'll never have a chance

    May Angels lead you in
    Hear you me my friends
    On sleepless roads the sleepless go
    May Angels lead you in

    May Angels lead you in
    May Angels lead you in
    May Angels lead you in
    May Angels lead you in

    And if you were with me tonight
    I'd sing to you just one more time
    A song for a heart so big
    God wouldn't let it live

    May Angels lead you in
    Hear you me my friend
    On sleepless roads the sleepless go
    May Angels lead you in

    May Angels lead you in
    Hear you me my friends
    On sleepless roads the sleepless go
    May Angels lead you in
    On sleepless roads the sleepless go
    May Angels lead you in

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