This is one of my favorite quotes about speaking up for yourself:
I had heard it as “Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes.” Then in the course of researching who said it, I found the full context of the message–Stand before the people you fear. Insist on being seen. Insist on being heard. Use your voice even if it shakes.
When’s the last time your voice shook?
Thoughts on growing from three wise men who always maintained a connection to childhood:
I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
James M. Barrie
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis
Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.
Hans Christian Andersen
I hope you grow today.
Here’s a list of truisms that floated through my head this morning between 6:33 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.: The Dreaded School Run.
- “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” (Ben Franklin, who clearly did not have Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert keeping him up until all hours.)
- “Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” (Mark Twain. This also applies to a grumpy 6 yr old.)
- “Charity begins at home.” (My stepmother, Big Gay. All the kindness in the world stems from the patience and love we share with each other at home.)
- “There’s a reason God gives children to young people.” (My Grandmama Eunice, who raised several and did a fine job.)
- “Always pay attention to your rear view mirror. What’s happening behind you can be far more dangerous than what’s going on in front.” (Mom, who clearly drove with a snarl of little children in the back seat.)
- “Never buy a house on a yellow line street.” (Vickie, my first realtor. Who wants to raise kids in all that traffic?)
- “Don’t tailgate someone driving a Dodge. They’re already mad and they’ve got nothing to lose.” (Daddy)
- “What goes around, comes around.” (Myself, laughing at the dumbass who PARKED in the drop off lane at school then couldn’t get out. Hate it fer ya.)
- “Mind your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” (Another from Big Gay, and the reason I had a yogurt instead of pulling through a drive through.)
- “Friends multiply your joy and divide your sorrow.” (a coffee mug I saw once)
Preach on, preach on. I believe I used that quote in the story “The Doormat.”
I’m dipping my toe into the Pinterest pool, mostly to find inspiration from great women. Because let’s face it, I’m never going to make any of those artistic recipes or handmade paper crafts. Hell, I can’t even look at the home decor ideas because that eats into my not cleaning the house time. I enjoy the curatorial aspect of Pinterest–flitting about like a magpie picking up lovely shiny things and pinning them to my board.
Pinterest is the third largest social media platform these days, behind Facebook and Twitter. I’m trying to learn how to use it to spread the word about Baddest Mother Ever with pins like this one of Maya Angelou. So I’ve got a board of Quotes for Bad Mothers, where you’ll find funny and inspiring “You Go, Girl!” kind of stuff. There’s a board called “Stories From Baddest Mother Ever” with….well, you guessed it…stories from Baddest Mother Ever! I’ve made a board called “Share Some Baddest Mother Ever” with shareable images and quotes from my stories.
But by far, my favorite board is “Baddest Mothers In History.” There you will find a gallery of women who blazed trails, explored depths or simply dared to be bold. Please join me on Pinterest and help me learn the ropes!
So what do you do on Pinterest? What kind of content delights you? Tell me in the comments!