Tuesday, January 18, 2011

recycled thoughts

I'm not sure if it is the "I'm more conscious of life, the real kind--actual living--than ever before" variable...or if I am just naturally attracted to and in agreement with every quote I've recently been subjected to, but for whatever reason the universe is trying to tell me something. From Walt Disney to General Authorities, from Dove chocolates to radio advertisements, from Food Network to Geneen Roth; here's to indirect, undeniably powerful communication.

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and i want you to remember this, that love...true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in."
- Hub, Secondhand Lions (2003)

"True wisdom gives the only possible answer at any given moment."
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love (2006)

"You are the authority on what is not possible..."
- Vincent, Gattaca (1997)

"She's a good girl, she loves her momma. Loves Jesus, and America too. She's a good girl, is crazy about Elvis. Loves horses and her boyfriend too."
- Tom Petty, Free Fallin (1990)

"Eaters must understand; how we eat determines how the world is used."
- Barabar Kingsolver, Animal Vegetable Miracle (2007)

"Gratitude on a daily basis means we express appreciation for what we have now without qualification for what we had in the past or desire in the future. A recognition of and appreciation for our gifts and talents which have been given also allows us to acknowledge the need for help and assistance from the gifts and talents possessed by others."
- Robert D. Hales, Gratitude for the Goodness of God (1992)

"Every time I try to fly, I fall."
- Britney Spears, Everytime (2004)

"I don't want to be "away from it all," Dad, I like it all."
- Max, A Goofy Movie (1995)

"To discover what you really believe, pay attention to the way you act -- and to what you do when things don't go the way you think they should. Pay attention to what you value. Pay attention to how and on what you spend your time. Your money. And pay attention to the way you eat."
- Geneen Roth, Woman Food and God (2010)

"...and in His name, all oppression shall cease."
- Oh Holy Night

"You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the 'present.' "
- Oogway, Kung Fu Panda (2008)

The value of these quotes lies in the beholder, and I can't help but find treasure in these words--even with just revisiting them briefly. I'd like to thank the quote-ees, if not individually, then publicly. Whether these lines, phrases, paragraphs were a direct reflection of your trial and triumph, or simply to fulfill the script of your screen writer, you presented your words affectively and I appreciate you.