Anybody who knows me will tell you I love a good quote. I love to read them, love to share them, love to see what other people are sharing, all in all I just love me a good quote. A few weeks ago I asked friends and family do they have any favourite quotes and what do they mean to them. I loved the responses and had some sent to me in private messages that were very close personal feelings that some people chose to share with just me and I found that very inspiring, I heard some that I knew and liked myself and I also heard new ones that I found really interesting. What I love about quotes is that they can mean something different to different people and that you can always find a quote (famous or otherwise) that speaks to you and how you’re feeling at any one time. So I decided to share some of my faves here with you guys. Now I have loads (and I mean lists) of quotes that I love and that I read over when I feel like they will be beneficial to me at that particular time, so for me to narrow it down has been so incredibly hard because I just have so many I love.
Here are 5 that I always find myself returning to and sharing with friends or over social media when I need to or if I think someone I know needs to see these words.
Always let your conscience be your guide – Jiminy Cricket
Now most people will recognise this quote from the Disney movie Pinocchio. Now who doesn’t love a good Disney film? I love them, all of them pretty much and everyone knows that Disney is full of wisdom and moral and often will have beautiful, simple quotes to teach young children right from wrong and help set their moral compass. This quote for me is not only from one of my favourite Disney films, by one of my favourite Disney characters and one of the first films I ever remember owning but it just stays with me. It’s such a simple thing but so effective. Quite simply put if you have to question what you are doing then there is a good chance that your conscience is telling you that you’re doing something that’s not quite right. That nagging voice, that niggling feeling is often right every time (I find).
Your vibe attracts your tribe – Unknown
This (as far as I know) is a new quote and I have no idea where it comes from but for me when I first heard it I thought, ‘Yeh. Couldn’t be more true’. For me I spent a large portion of my life surrounded by the wrong people. Now I’ve always had lots of friends, lots of lovely people I grew up with and I still love to see and hear that they are well but I wouldn’t say that we are true friends. I still have some very close (best) friends from my childhood and early adult years and I know that as we grow our personality changes and we can outgrow people and meet new people more suited to our current self. However I’m not talking about change or growth, I’m talking about spending a long time in my life being somebody on the outside that I wasn’t on the inside. From disfunctional relationships and continuously thinking that I was the problem and changing to suit other people, I found that when things went tits up in those relationships all the ‘friends’ I had fucked off along with the relationship I was in because it turns out they just weren’t my people. Only when I fixed my vibe for me, did I really meet the people who bring complete joy to my life and doing this I also met my soulmate. My tribe.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us – Gandalf the Grey
Now everybody knows that I am a HUGE J.R.R. Tolkien fan but I promise that is not the only reason I love this quote (so much so that it is dotted all around my house). Just like the previous quote this sits with me because I wasted so much of my time of the wrong people. Now i never like to think of my life as wasted because I have so many wonderful memories and things from my past that I am incredibly grateful for (my eldest Son for example), however it is my TIME that I feel
wasted was stolen from me. I wish I could of crammed all those wonderful memories and time alone with my son into a shorter period of time because if I could, I would have more time with the life we have now (if that makes sense). Time is a very precious thing, we should chose to spend it wisely. Another reason is, when I met my husband I learnt that his Mum passed away when he was just a child and this made me look at things from a totally different point of view. What if that had happened to me or that happens to my son? Our time with each other and how we chose to spend it really is one of the most important things we could ever decide.
Be the change you want to see in this World – Mahatma Gandhi
Over the years and more recently, our world has changed so much and is becoming more and more full of people who threaten to destroy the future for our children. Terrorism is a word that scares the hell out of me, for myself and my children. The world we live in has become a very scary place, so I always try to be the kind of person I want my children to be. How I act and what I believe will impact on them and how they live, so I make a conscious effort to change ‘our world’ so it will make the world a better place for them to grow up in.
What Susie says of Sally says more of Susie than of Sally – Unknown
Now I can’t really remember where I even heard this one but I think it’s a bit of an oldie. An oldie but a goodie. We have all said something unkind about someone at least once in our life, I know I’ve been guilty of that especially as a teenager. When you are in school it’s really easy to say things without thinking of the effect they can have, but I can honestly say hand on heart that I have never maliciously said something to deeply hurt someone. Yes we have all said things like “her dress is awful” and “her hair colour makes her look washed out” etc (and now as an adult I can see how this is unkind and unnecessary), but I’ve never been vicious or hurtful. Now I’m a Mum I spend a lot of time drumming it in to my kids that you must always try to be kind and think about other people’s feelings, especially since becoming a Mum to someone with special needs because people can be truly cruel. I have also been on the receiving end of other people’s judgement when it comes to how I parent my children and THIS is a major pet hate of mine, you never know anything about someone else’s life until you’ve lived it with them. ‘Mum bashing’ is too much for me to bear, we are all doing the best job we can and for someone to say negative things about or to another Mum says alot more about the type of person they really are in the end. Be more like Sally.
So here are just a few that I always try to keep at the front of my mind. I always love to hear quotes and what they mean to people, so please feel free to leave me some in the comments.
Natalie Abraham AKA Mostly Mummy
**disclaimer – images not my own**