Who of us hasn’t known fear at some point in our lives? Some fears can be paralyzing while others can prompt us to take action. Sometimes it’s helpful to know another’s take on fear as we will read in the following quotes on the subject. Happy Saturday.
The only thing we have to fear is…fear itself…Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain. Mark Twain
He who overcomes his fears will truly be free. Aristotle
Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. Michael Jordan
He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears. Michel De Montaigne
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me…Job 3:25
Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Dorothy Bernard
When I hear or read the words of those who speak from the heart as well as the intellect, it always gives me pause to ponder and reflect. Following are words spoken by a President, a Civil Rights Leader, and a Poet. Each put their thoughts forward for the rest of us to think about. Pastor Duncan’s Sunday sermon included reference to these people and the power of their words and I can’t help but share it.
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” Martin Luther King Jr. Minister and Social Rights activist.
“We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another” Amanda Gordon, Poet. Amanda recited these stirring words at President Biden’s inauguration.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Jesus in Sermon on the Mount
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
Today I am going to delve deeper into the power of words.
“You can not swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” This is a quote by William Faulkner, Nobel Prize laureate.
This quote became my motivation to step out into a different world than the one that I had inhabited for twenty-one years as wife, homemaker, and mother; the world that changed when the “I do” became “I don’t”. It was my reminder that life goes on after separations, divorces, and even death.
When I lost sight of the shore, the new horizon held a new partner, self-employment, the publishing of two books, and a whole new spiritual dimension.
Take heart if your life seems to be stuck on the shores of strife…new horizons are just a swim away.
I’m always interested in what others think of God and so it is that I convey the thoughts of some top thinkers today.
The beginning of power is consciously opening our minds to God and being receptive to his presence, his spirit, his voice and his will. Charles L. Allen
To know God is to live. Leo Tolstoy
Never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations. (Our Daily Bread Magazine 2010)
I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details. — Albert Einstein
People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him. Pearl Bailey
I’ll leave it at that and perhaps visit this subject another time.
When we hear the sound of silence it is imperative to stop and listen. It comes in the form of stillness. It comes to everyone at one time or another; the key is to be aware and allow it to unfold.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Thomas Carlyle
Mother Theresa said: “The most important thing is silence. We cannot place ourselves directly in God’s presence without imposing upon ourselves interior and exterior silence.”
And Simon and Garfunkel had this to say about the Sound of Silence. Happy Saturday.
I love quoting quotes and this one from Abe Lincoln sure gives us something to think about. Do we complain or rejoice.? Take your pick.
It’s fun when something comes my way totally unexpectedly like the following quotes from Pinterest when I was contemplating a Saturday blog…..
Expecting things to change without putting in any effort is like waiting for a ship at the airport.
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. C.S.Lewis
You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi
‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you‘re right. Henry Ford
‘The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.’ Christopher Hitchens
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them. Albert Einstein
“I think and think and think. I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”
Don’t just think, ponder. Roy T. Bennett
“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
I think, therefore I am.
“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”
I think that’s it for today.
Here are a couple of jottings I picked up from a calendar while waiting for my sample book at the print shop. Interesting…
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. Mark Twain
The question isn’t “Who is going to let me?” it’s “Who is going to stop me?” Ayn Rand
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. George Addair
And On Anxiety:
Quote on anxiety: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
Quote on anxiety: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Quote on anxiety: “It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.”