Like a lot of people, I’m on Social Media. I use capital letters for this because in my mind, it’s a world unto itself. I don’t have Twitter or Instagram accounts because I don’t have a thousand minutes a day to burn but I am on Facebook. Every once in a while I come across little tidbits of wisdom, things that make you stop and think. I’m sure a lot of these have been kicking around for awhile, but here’s what I’ve collected during the first quarter of 2013.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Can you ever go wrong with Dr. Seuss? Over 60o million copies in more than 20 languages have made Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 60+ books the best-selling children’s stories of all-time. Movies, cartoons, merchandise, an adventure park, there’s even an online Seussville. Proliferation aside, the messages are what make the books popular with parents. Be yourself. Care about your environment. Have fun. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Christmas is about more than just material things. You can do it.
His poetic meter and affinity for inventing words inspired me to write my own poems when I was younger. I have fond memories of visiting the library with Mason to see if we could find any Dr. Seuss books we hadn’t read yet. There were always a couple! My favourite book has always been Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Ted’s final book. “…you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!”
SPEAKING OF BOOKS…
On rare occasions there comes along a profound original, an odd little book that appears out of nowhere, from the pen of some obscure storyteller, and once you have read it, you will never go completely back to where you were before. The kind of book you may hesitate to lend for fear you might miss its company. The kind of book that echos from the heart of some ancient knowing, and whispers from time’s forgotten cave that life may be more than it seems, and less.
~ E.J. Banfield, Confessions of a Beachcomber
Whether you’re reading for pure entertainment value or to learn something new, books have the power to change your life. What else can give you a new language, history, science, a trip to someplace new, insight into human behaviour, temporary escape, stress release and any emotion under the sun? I love reading. At one point I wanted to be a writer. Anyone who can create a world and make you feel as though you’re part of it has a rare gift indeed. Fun fact: a bookworm is the larva of a wood-boring beetle that feeds on the paper and glue in books. Maybe we can come up with a less gross example for someone who reads a lot.
ANONYMOUS TIDBITS OF INSPIRATION
If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.
Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy yarn which is kind of the same thing.
(I love this one.)
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
~ African Proverb
THE SQUARES – WEEK 13
I really like this week’s squares. They’re colourful and creative, and I had a lot of fun making them. Especially square six. My little Easter bunny found his way into a garden!
Square seven was made with a yarn donated by Laurie from the KAS forum. She graciously and generously sent me a skein of merino yarn last summer and I finally finished a square with it. I love the colour and it’s so soft.
Square Count: 91