First off, I love, love, looooove quotes. Seriously. My boss and I constantly pitch 'em back and forth over email, and I even post one a week on our dry-erase board in the breakroom. Does anyone actually read it? Yes, as a matter of fact. Do they process, let the words and meaning soak in, find where it fits inside for them personally? Gosh, I sure hope so.
Because that's what a memorable quote does for me. It becomes a part of who I am, and I'll go back, think of it from time to time whenever life's moments call for those precious words of wisdom.
Mine has always been, since I was a small girl...
"The Quest for Excellence is a Lifelong Process."
I first saw this quote on a Scholastic poster I ordered from one of those little two-pager forms the teacher gave us, like, once a week in class. Remember those? Do they still even do that? Not sure. Anyways. This poster featured a piano's keys set at an angle, a single long-stem red rose laying across, and a silver flute laying on top of the rose. The quote was written in script over the bottom, kind of like the inspirational posters we see in modern offices. Perseverance, motivation... you get the idea.
Now, why do I love this quote so much? It's simple, right? Sure, I could've picked something by Marcus Aurelius (one of my very favorites) or the timelessly clever Mark Twain (my boss's favorite), but this quote has always seemed to fit my life, no matter what stage. Adolescence, adulthood... I've always been a goal-setter. Whether it was academically, in band (a proud flutist alumni, thank you very much), in my various work experiences, college curriculum, or (especially) in my writing endeavors, I've discovered that laying out your groundwork, thinking upon ways in which you can improve said groundwork, and then doing it and doing it well makes for many gratifying successes.
Sure, you'll fail. But failure's an essential part of success. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, said, "...failure means a stripping away of the inessential." She then went on to say, "And when you fail, get up, dust yourself off, and get right back on. It's the only way you can--and you will--succeed."
So, what's your favorite quote? Come on, now. Our office dry-erase board is just dying for something besides Twain! *smile*
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,