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Thoughts for Thursdays – Christopher Morely

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity”
(Christopher Morley)

In all the time alone I’ve had since my life changed entirely back in June, I’ve discovered a whole world of perspectives and ideas that I’ve never really noticed before or paid attention to when they appeared previously. I have been given a whole new set of vocabulary with which to to experience the world. Words which once never meant much to me have started to shape how I am living. Words like authenticity. Wholeheartedness. Healing. Then there are words which have always been on my horizon, but I am understanding their meaning in new ways. Words like compassion. Courage. Communication. Shame. Vulnerability.

Sometimes, because I have started to shift so much, I feel like I am stepping out on a path that looks and feels and sounds very, very different to the paths which my friends are taking. Sometimes this makes me doubt myself: why am I now functioning and experiencing the world differently?

It is in those moments that a quote like Morley’s reminds me of the value of change, the value of stepping outside of someone else’s dogma. I have always had an affinity for this quote, and always for one reason: I see it as reassurance to dream my own dreams, think my own thoughts, walk my own path, and use my own words to frame my life.

Sometimes we all need this reassurance. What about you? What experiences do you have of stepping out on your own terms?

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Last Thursday got a away from me a little bit, and I haven’t caught up with it until today. Please enjoy this Thoughts for Thursday on a Monday anyways!

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Thoughts for Thursdays – Henry Adams

“No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”
(Henry Adams)

Words are  humanity’s greatest tool for communication, and yet its most deceitful and difficult to control. What one writes one way, or says one way, can be changed by something as simple as emphasis. Consider the sentence “I didn’t take your money” and how its meaning can be changed so simply:

I didn’t take your money (…but someone else did…and I might even know who!).

I didn’t take your money (…an emphatic denial of my guilt).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did borrow it).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did take Susie’s…).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did steal your pen).

I learned early on that words are tools: just the right words strung together at just the right moment, with the right rhythm, can create emotion. Isn’t that wonderful? That words, just words, pieced together, can create human emotion? Words can have rhythm and pulse. They can create laughter, cause heartache, incite faith. And yet…and yet, how often do we find that words fail us? Or how often do we find ourselves waffling on and on in an attempt to convey what we’re really feeling and thinking?

And how many times have you been in an argument where you suddenly realize that the wrong words have rolled off your tongue, hurtful words that are miles away from what you really feel and yet slice straight at the heart of someone you love? How many times have you had to explain that “I didn’t mean what I said and I don’t know how to say what I mean”?

We’ve all been there. And that’s why I love quotes. I mean, it’s like a freebie! Someone out there has already said, eloquently and memorably, the very emotion/fact of life/truth that you may have been struggling to put your finger on!

So I am launching my Thoughts for Thursdays as a time when I get to share with you my most favourite quotes. So pull up a chair, have a listen in to why I love them, what I think they’re saying, and why I think they’re important. Maybe you’ll find one that says, just perfectly, something that you too have been trying to capture.

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