For the last few years, I have collected quotes. I keep them on my bulletin board near the desk I work at every day. Most days, I barely notice them; but this week, something happened that made me look at them more closely.
Each of them is linked in my mind with an event or a circumstance. And they are all words to live by.
“I like things to happen. And if they don’t happen, I like to make the happen.” Winston Churchill.
This week, I made something happen — a project to identify and save some artifacts from the Science Building at Antioch College. Antioch produced some outstanding scientists, Stephen Jay Gould, Leland Clark, and Mario Capecchi among them. I love science, although I’m definitely not a scientist. Sorting through two floors of stuff might be as close as I get.
“Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says, ‘Oh No, She’s Up.'”
Not sure who originated this quote, but I got it from my friend Mary Gilhouly. This is definitely the kind of woman I want to be!
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh,’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’ “A.A. Milne
One of my all time favorite books from childhood was Winnie the Pooh. I LOVED IT! This quote is about trust, about having someone in your life that you are confident will be there for you. So important, no matter what your age.
“Oh dear. I really ought to do something. But I am already in my pajamas.”
Again, not sure where I got this quote or who it is from. If any of you can identify it, speak up (i.e., comment). But it sure reflects my life. I am sometimes in my pajamas — in actuality, a pajama top and bathrobe — until just before lunch. Ah, the joys of retirement.
Last, but not least . . .
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein
I never thought I would have much in common with Albert Einstein. But, it turns out, we are/were both passionately curious, we both have/had messy desks, and we are both Jewish. Of course, I could barely pass algebra, but that’s another story.