For as long as I can remember, I have been a "quote junkie". I love reading quotes by famous people, writers, heads of state, deep thinkers, theologians ... you name it. My theory on why I love reading them is that I wish I was articulate enough to have expressed that particular thought so succinctly. Unfortunately, the closest I'll get to creating one of these 'deep thoughts' is regurgitating it in an effort to express my own thoughts and feelings. Lame hobby, I know. Oh well. We've all got to have our quirky hobbies, right? In honor of this, I've decided to periodically share some quotes that have captured my attention, usually for no particular reason. So, let's get down to business ... here is my first offering:
"And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes
to find fulfillment
in being ordinary.
For the joys that last have
little relationship to achievement,
to standing one step higher
on the victory platform.
What is the adventure in being ordinary?
It is daring to love just for
the pleasure of giving it away.
It is venturing to give new life and
to nurture it to maturity.
It is working hard for the
of being tired at the end of the day.
It is caring and sharing and
giving and loving ..."
I have to learn and re-learn the truths of this quote nearly every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I forgot to mention that I'm a slow learner when it comes to these matters of the heart, but I'm getting there and that has to be good enough for today.
L. always wants to turn the camera on me and these shots are a result of just that (behold the extremely low and unflattering camera angle!). She got her own camera for Christmas so I have a feeling that I'll be the subject of at least a few more of these impromptu portrait sessions. :-)