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In a gentle way – Inspiring Myself


I have a hand woven flour storage basket.  It has never held flour of any kind, rather I keep it on my desk and undo the hook and latch to drop quotes in that I find pleasing.  When I need a bit of a push with my thinking, I open the lid and reach within and pull out slips of paper.

Yesterday, I played in the sunshine all day.  After 60 days of straight rain, we had a wonderful day of sunshine.  I did not write, instead I walked and greeted my many neighbors who were out and about.  I weeded and puttered in the garden and I just enjoyed the stunning beauty of the sky.

Today the next storm is fast approaching and the wind is picking up; the clouds have gone from white puffy to gray and now with charcoal out over the water soon to be stuck on the mountains as a downpour. I feel cold and I want to eat and break my fast.   Walking, prayers, meditations, laundry, even errands are completed and now soup is simmering on the stove.  Hammer and saw work on the garden beds to prepare for the season ahead and I find I am in need of a shove to get going on these words.

I opened my basket and randomly pulled out 10 slips of paper and here is what I discovered:

7 quotes from Gandhi:
1.    In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
2.    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
3.    An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
4.    A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
5.    You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
6.    We must become the change we want to see in the world.
7.    We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.

1 Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

1 Idea from Einstein
The important thing is to not stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.

And 1 Exercise from Steve Pavlina, I had just placed in the basket this week:
…sit down with a piece of paper, ask yourself what your life purpose is, and keep writing down answers until you come to the one that makes you cry.

I was filled up and ready to go and my mind was in full swing and thinking.  It is a rather magic basket.

One of my daughters keeps a journal of quotes that inspire her.  She keeps them in a rather neat order and within categories.   I kind of like my random jumble.  Do you keep quotes that inspire you?  Orderly or jumbled?  Nature inspires me and relaxes me too; sometimes I just get too relaxed in the great outdoors!

I was even inspired by getting so many quotes from people who practice nonviolence and were concerned with justice.  What do you think about this random selection, I would like to know what motivates you and inspires good thinking and encourages your actions?

A reminder:  there are two book” give aways” happening on Patricia’s Wisdom right now:

April 22, 2011 will be the drawing for a copy of the book THE LONG GOODBYE – all you need to do is be from the USA or Canada and leave a comment.

April 28, 2011 The author of the book THE PROCRASTINATION EQUATION is giving away a copy to the best procrastination story or anti-procrastination technique from the comments section.

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23 Responses to “In a gentle way – Inspiring Myself”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – I keep quotes on brightly colored post-its that I press into the pages of a journal – which is covered in a wise owl fabric. I know, why not just write them in the journal? But then, I couldn’t pull one off and stick it on my screen or somewhere else it might inspire me. I like the idea of your basket, too. Remember the Hi and Lois cartoon, where she had a job jar? If you found yourself without something to do, you were supposed to pull out a slip of paper with a job on it. I like pulling out a quote to mull over much better. :)

    patricia Reply:

    Oh I do remember the job jar Betsy because my mum had one too! At sign at the wrong moment and one could be polishing the silver the next!

    I like you journal idea – I should have invested in post a notes! I use so many when I read…though now with the Kindle I can just highlight and copy the favorites onto a page – fun too

  2. Talon Says:

    We had one of those beautiful days on Saturday and we spent the entire day outdoors, luxuriating in sun, warmer temps, gentle breezes and working in the garden. Just incredible. Yesterday the storms rolled in with crazy winds, lightning and a huge hailstorm…the two days couldn’t have been more different and reminded me, again, to take advantage of the moments as presented whenever you can. Having the achey “garden” muscles was wonderful :)

    The quotes are wonderful. I love that quote by Ghandi, ” A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

    Hope you and Zip have a gorgeous day, Patricia!
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    patricia Reply:

    Working on repairing the garden beds in the rain was not so fun! but we have the achy muscles.

    I think during 2010-2011 we have had so many gray and rainy days, we should instigate SUN Days….like we get ICE days and SNOW days when we have those rare commodities! I am putting this into practice…I just feel so much better

    Zip is doing well 3 more days of the collar, he has forgotten how to go up stairs! He’s smart he will figure it out.

  3. J.D. Meier Says:

    Beautiful quotes.

    I especially like this …
    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
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  4. patricia Says:

    I have had that particular quote on my bathroom mirror for years and years – I always start each day thinking that I have to change the world and that feels like a huge mission that needs a crusader, I am quite a gentle spirit so these words bring me back to the present moment

  5. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    I love the idea of a quotes basket. When I was a teen, I had a notebook where I write quotes I liked from books. Maybe it’s time to start adding to that notebook – I still have it!
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    patricia Reply:

    I used to keep them in a journal – I still have mine too – then with 3 little folk in my life and all the childcare I did, well, the basket became a quick solution and I am sure there are 1,000s of quotes in there.

    Besides the basket is just too beautiful to put flour in and risk paste!

    I am sure you know exactly where that notebook is too :)

  6. Deborah Says:

    I love the idea of your flour box full of random quotes. I agree that the very randomness is what makes them so inspiring. My daily walk in the woods inspires me and I ‘snap’ odd things I see, things that other folk may not notice perhaps. These I store on the computer – not quite so lovely as having them in a box.

    One of my favourite ways of gaining inspiration is to listen to the snippets of conversation heard as people pass by – these can provide inspiration for short stories, being heard out of context and therefore, often intriguing.

    I love the box idea – I shall source one of my own!
    Thank you 😉

    patricia Reply:

    This flour box is modeled after the old baskets used by the early settlers – though mine has a nice easy to clean liner in it. I still think it is too wonderful to put flour in.

    I carry a small moleskin book in my pocket where ever I go – still don’t use my cell phone for this – I don’t know why not…habit ? I too write down interesting words that I catch my hearing on my walks.

    I am sure there are 1000s of pieces of paper in my flour box – and I truly like them random

  7. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. great idea for your flour basket .. my quotes and blog ideas are scattered everywhere .. because each day new inspiration comes into my little bursting head! I guess I’m lucky .. always lots of ideas – way too many!!

    Fortunately I come across quotes on friends’ blogs .. and so I did start organising mine – then gave up the unequal struggle .. I don’t really use them .. but I know where to find them.

    Just me I guess .. cheers – it is gorgeous over here .. but we’re about to have some rain .. after a very dry March – Hilary
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    patricia Reply:

    Oh I am so happy to hear that somewhere there has been warmth and sunshine in March! Better than random quotes.

    We had a lovely day Saturday, then a surprise afternoon of Sunshine on Monday after a night of very heavy rain, and this morning is rather hazy, sunny possibility – they are saying that more storm is coming through.

    I just do not want to be inside so much when the weather is nice and now that Zip is back walking a bit with me – well out I go.

    I am still quite discouraged about job hunting – when disheartened I feel like that sometimes comes out in my writing and then my readers disappear?

  8. Hilary Says:

    Is it a camellia? H
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    patricia Reply:

    Yes, I believe it is – and IT Girl photograph.
    My camera is not downloading pictures right now??? so I am even more dependent.

  9. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! Lovely way to really “capture” quotes – I love saving them for those times when as you say a gentle something is needed. The ones you pulled were wonderful! Hope you found sunshine in them as well!

    patricia Reply:

    I was so taken by the quotes and how they came out of the basket…
    and we are having a surprise sunshine day today :)

  10. Galen Pearl Says:

    I hear you about the sunshine. Sunny here right now–I’m headed out for a walk! Love all the various ideas about keeping quotations. Very helpful.

    patricia Reply:

    We are having a surprise of sunshine today too…I am off for the afternoon walk with the pup.

    I like all the suggestions about quotes too – and opening my basket is just a delight – lightens my spirits

  11. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — I especially liked the quote about proselytizing through our lives — I hope that is something that I do when I am out in the world and just being with people, whether we are talking to each other or not.

    patricia Reply:

    Hey Chris, good to find you here

    Gandhi felt that it was most important to model through your life your values and intentions. Actions speak louder than words.

    I am sure that your productivity coaching models those values –

    I rather interpret it as a “what you see is what you get” honesty in my life experiences.

  12. Jannie Funster Says:

    I want to write a song that makes people cry — that’s the one makes me cry to think of. A good song tho, inspirational. I think I may already have written it, not one you’ve heard yet.

    It must be so hard to fast with the smell of soup filling up the house. But I bet you made it!

    Justice, justice. Just ice. What is justice? If someone does not invite us to a party do we in turn intentionally not invite them to ours? That’ll show them! Not very Gandhi that, eh? :)

    Do we humans try to impose what we think justice should be, based on what we deem undesirable behavior? Does the need for justice inherently mean we attach “good” or “bad” to a behavior? I’ll leave that to the judges on benches and judges who are perhaps discontented with their own lives, so judge others.

    60 days of rain, that may be even too much for me, who does shy away from bright sunshine.

    Lovely basket, Patricia. Lovely camelia. Lovely post!

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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you so much for coming on by and your great comment – Just Ice I love it

    Lovely comment Jannie indeed

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