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Eleanor Roosevelt, Famous Quote Friday

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“Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 We grow up with people who teach us right and wrong. When we get older we get to decide right and wrong for ourselves. The older we get the more most of us struggle with changes or new things, most of the time we are forced into the changes. Ultimately if you have an idea in your head or your heart, don’t keep it there. Let it out, explore it, share it, DO IT!

No matter how right or wrong you are there will always be people to love what you are doing and people who oppose. Even when you are doing the right thing you will be criticized for how you are doing it. We live in a world where people are quicker to tell you what you are doing wrong then to see what you are doing right. I fall victim to this too. In my aggressive attempt to be positive it is ironic that I will see the little bit of negative among the positive and focus on that. I am making every effort to change that, as to how, perhaps that will have to be in another blog post. But, you know what? We all see everything different from everyone else. This is what makes us original this is what makes us human. We can choose to see negative or we can choose to see positive. We can choose to be negative or choose to be positive. We can choose to respond negatively or choose to respond positively. So I say if your heart says go for it, you should go for it with every bit of effort you have. With determination you are going to learn to plow thru those negative critiques and recognize the ones that may actually be helpful. Take your path, listen to those that agree and support you, let it feed your heart and make it stronger to also listen to those that don’t really care and oppose you. Just remember let your heart be your final decision not your head.

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Ernest Hemingway, Famous Quote Friday

“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.”

-Ernest Hemingway

 

 

Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Ernest Hemingway was a very influential American author and journalist. This quote seems to be the longer version of a phrase that most of us probably grew up with, “think before you act.” Before you take action on someone or something you need to listen to what is going on. In response before you react you need to think about what you are going to do or say and how it is going to effect your future. I think a lot of us spend before we earn. That is what we call credit cards. I dream of the day where I rid myself of credit card debt. Before you criticize someone wait and try to realize where they are coming from. You don’t know their background story so you really have no reason to criticize people without waiting for all the facts. Before you pray, forgive. I may not be the go to guy for this one but to me it means before for you pray to who you worship for forgiveness you need to forgive those you have directly wronged. Lastly my favorite, before you quit anything in your life you need to try everything!

 

Have a great week everyone. For those of you in the United States fall is upon us, what a beautiful time! For those around the world I would love to hear what kind of weather graces you now!

 

 ***I discovered today there is debate about this quote, if it was Ernest’s or someone else. I won’t get into that here though because no matter who said it, it still has great meaning.***

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