Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lists to live by...

I love quotes, witty sayings, inspirational thoughts--collect them wherever I can. I have them jotted down in journals, in files on my computer, on scrap pieces of paper...I've been known to jot down--on the back of a bank deposit slip--a thought-provoking comment I've heard on a radio show...while driving! What can I say?...I am addicted to quotes! (My future d-i-l even realizes it--she bought me a book for Christmas, 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said--I couldn't wait to work my way through it! Almost didn't want to open the rest of my gifts!)

I guess I may have inherited this particular collecting trait from my mother--she loved poetry and collected poems and other readings. She was always sharing a poem in church, when she wasn't sharing a special song, that is. I have the three-ring binder with her collection she gathered over the years. None of my siblings was interested in it when she passed away, but how could I let that be thrown out? There are newspaper-clipped poems taped to pages (remember Grit--she loved it) and others she had re-written on notebook paper. I guess I view her collection as a look inside her heart and soul. Each poem had some meaning to her--spoke to her in some way. And when I read one of them, our hearts still connect, even though she's been gone almost 18 years (wow, doesn't seem like I've been without her that long!).

So I said all that to share this with you. I have a collection of books entitled Lists to Live By. I pulled one of the volumes out today while working at the church--I needed some filler for our bulletin. (I also do our church sign, so my quote collection comes in handy!) The following is the list I chose to use and thought I would share it with you all. Hope it gets you thinking!

Actions That Take Courage

  • Admitting you are wrong.
  • Doing what is right when everyone else isn't.
  • Speaking to someone you don't know.
  • Saying "no" when people are trying to get you to do something you know you shouldn't.
  • Telling the truth and accepting the consequences.
  • Standing up for something you believe in even though it might mean rejection or ridicule or even physical harm.
  • Defending someone who is considered unpopular or unacceptable.
  • Facing a limitation and giving it your very best regardless of pain or discomforts.
  • Confronting a fear without running away.
  • Giving sacrificially to protect or promote either someone you love, someone who has been wronged, or someone who is in need.
  • Being the only one.
  • Taking a risk.
  • Sharing your heart honestly (including your feelings and fears and failures).
  • Living your faith with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength regardless of the cost.

Dr. Steve Stephens, Psychologist and Seminar Speaker
Lists to Live By, The First Collection


  1. Bev,
    Thanks for made me stop and think for a few minutes and even smile. When I was six or seven, I remember my Grandmother used to get GRIT magazine. Wonder if it is still around??

    Hugs and Blessings,

  2. I saw a cute saying on a church sign here: "Sign broken. Come in Sunday to hear message."


    I like poems, too. My dad could say off a lot of ballads by heart!

  3. Yes, I've used the saying, "Sign broken--come inside for message." Just about gave the Board of Trustees a heart attack--they were all panicky thinking we were going to have to buy a new sign...til I told them, "Now fellas, think about it a little..." :-)

  4. Words to live by, I love inspirational sayings. I've been known to cut them out and hang them on the fridge:) Thanks for the link on the wild roses, it sure sounds like them:)Hope your having a lovely weekend:)