Just Be Yourself

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde portrait – National Portrait Gallery

Yesterday Sarah’s Bookshelf nominated me for a challenge in which you’re required to post a quote for three consecutive days, and to nominate three others to then participate. Because I have a series of Inspirational Quotes, I’m more than happy to oblige.

The above quote seemed particularly appropriate for the blogosphere, a place where there are so many voices and influences upon us. This reminds us that we should be true to ourselves. Afterall it is our uniqueness that brings listeners and that quality is the gift we can share with them.

I’m going to add this saying to my bank of quotes, ready to use on the right card when the occasion comes around. Thank you for inspiring this post, Sarah!

Thank Heaven For Small Miracles

image I created these notecards on Minted to use as thank you cards for our new little daughter. They seemed appropriate as her name means miracle.

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For the nurses that took such good care of us in the hospital I paired one of these notecards with some homemade star cookies, keeping to the celestial theme. I carefully placed them in a white tin, using some coordinating tape to seal the lid and add a little flourish with a bow.

We are truly grateful for our little miracle.

Inspirational Quote: Social Animals

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“WE ARE SOCIAL ANIMALS. MY FUTURE DEPENDS ON OTHERS. THEIR SUFFERING IS ULTIMATELY YOUR SUFFERING.” – The Dalai Lama

This quote appeared on the TED blog at the end of last week (visual created by Mike Birchall). Taken from a video released on the final day of TED2015, this was one of seven quotes from a conversation between Chris Anderson and the Dalai Lama. The topic of the talk was happiness, peace and how all humans can coexist. This phrase spoke to me because we are social beings, needing each other. When someone we know is suffering it is important that we react and show we care, offering them support.