Sunday, August 29, 2010

you've got a diamond under your skin.





I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."


- Goethe, 1749-1832

Those wise and truthful words came as a reminder at just the right time. I'm seriously considering repeating them to myself every single morning when I wake up. Heaven knows I need it.



(I took the above photos here [of course]; love that wall collage.)

21 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing!!

    p.s. the best part about the bike? $75 dollars at WALMART :)

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  2. loved that. thank you for posting it.

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  4. Oh man my jaw dropped about 5 feet when I looked at this at first. Until I read your post I thought you designed this wall (not like you couldn't because I bet you probably would make it even more exquisite). But I definitely have new inspiration. Thanks Angela!

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  5. Love this quote! Always good to have those little reminders...

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  6. That is insane that you took the exact same picture that I did! I saw it this weekend, and was in design lust.

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  7. so much in our life is about our choices. i choose to make life joyous and to heal. =)

    wise words.

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  8. Love this quote. Sometimes we need the reminder that it's our life, we have control. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  9. oh goethe, i can't even pronounce your name, but your words sure are wise!

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  10. I love that. Only I think I would change the first line. Although it might be "frightening" I think it would also be liberating and wonderful to find that we are actually in control of our own circumstance and not just a product of fate or design.

    But still I absolutely love all of it. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. So empowering and so true.

    Can Anthro do no wrong? Me thinketh not.

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  12. thanks so much for sharing ang!! this gave me chills. it is amazing truthful but i've never thought of that. i copy and pasted them! now i need to know where to put them so i can read them everyday. love ya!!

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  13. Its oh so very true! Thanks for sharing Angela! Hope you and your hubby are well!

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  14. Anthropologie never ceases to inspire me and cheer me up. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. such awesome photos - inspiring

    (and a lot of great inspiration here on your blog, by the way.. glad to have found it)

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  16. I'm a super big fan of that quote. Muchos gracias for sharing!

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  17. such inspiring words. i might be repeating those to myself every morning, too :)

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