Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Quotable

A few (ok, at this point, many) years ago, my boss at my school work study job gave me a gift just before I graduated. In the card, she included this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Look at that, you got two for one this week.)  I loved the hopefulness of the quote and it was a great stamp on the end of one chapter of my life as I started a new one.

When I came across today’s quote, it reminded me of that same feeling.  This time, I’m not starting a new chapter—at least not yet, but I am making some changes to better my life. I may have to sacrifice some of my routine to do it but I feel like it will be worth it.

More importantly, the quote gave me a chance to reflect. There are many people and things/habits I’ve left behind. At the time, it hurt—especially when it wasn’t my choice. Looking back now, I wouldn’t change any of it. I passed that same sentiment on to a friend going through a breakup this weekend.

Leaving things behind can suck but there’s a reason why there’s no room for certain crap in our “baggage.” Better things are waiting ahead. Cut the dead weight and make room for the goodness ahead. Happy Monday!

*Today's photo is one I took this weekend down at South Street Seaport. I liked the juxtaposition of old and new and thought it was suitable for today's quote. Sometimes, the things that remind you of the past are enough. You don't have to hold on to them. 

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