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    • #19833
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      Let’s share some of our favorite quotes with one another. When I was a teacher, at the beginning of the school year with my middle school students I would have them share their favorite quote with me and I would put it on my “Inspiration” wall. The kids created a sheet of paper or small poster with either the quote handwritten on it or typed out and then they decorated it to show the reasons why it was an important quote to them. It could be a quote from a book, movie, a famous person, even a song lyric.

      I would quote the song “So Small” by Carrie Underwood . The quote is “sometimes, that mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand. And what you’ve been out there searching for forever, is in your hands. And when you figure out love is all that matters after all it sure makes everything else seem so small.”

      I would decorate this with pictures of all of those in my life who show me the most love and the things that I love doing that keep me holding strong each day.

      What quote would you choose? How would you decorate your poster to express the meaning behind your quote?

    • #19838
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      Great topic! I love the idea of an inspiration wall, especially in a classroom.

      A favorite quote of mine is simply, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”. I would create a big flower and each petal would be a picture of various places that I have spent a great deal of time…(my childhood home, condo at the beach, college dorm, home in WI then WA, but also pictures with my son in the hospital and in CA during transplant recovery.) I would place the quote in the center of the flower. I might include a flower pot and on it a collage of words that represent my memories of those places.

      “So Small” is a beautiful song. Great choice! Now I wish we lived closer so we could get together and actually do this project.

      • #19840
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        I know ! I feel like even if we don’t live close to one another, for anyone looking for something to do to maybe gain a little inspiration, help pass the time, tap into your creative side etc. then do this ! We can possibly even share pictures with one another. I like your idea of making it into a flower! Definitely would be an awesome visual. I have a lot of friends who enjoy doing crafty activities and it’s a good stress relief to cut out inspirational words from magazines, finding phrases that inspire you and pasting them in some sort of collage etc.

    • #19844
      V.R. Peterson
      Participant

      I love this topic! My favorite quote is “The only stupid question is the one not asked.”

      • #19846
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        I love this too! One of my college professors used to say this to us all the time. It’s so true, especially when thinking medically. There have been so many times in the past where I thought, “I don’t even want to ask that question, I sound dumb.” But I quickly learned to get over the fear of how I sounded because my questions ended up being valid. Even if they were an overreaction, the medical team I have now always answers all my concerns and questions the best way possible and they never make me feel like a bother for reaching out. That’s why I keep them around 🙂

      • #19863
        Colleen Steele
        Keymaster

        @mamabear007 that would be a good one to decorate and give to a doctor to hang on his/her wall! Hmmm, I was joking but then again…

        • #19889
          Brittany Foster
          Keymaster

          Colleen,
          DEFINITELY could be appropriate for a doctor’s office ! My doctor before every procedure he has done for me always says, “hey Britt, it’s just me. Do you trust me?” and I’m of course always like “YES !” but hearing these words always makes me feel a lot better. It made me laugh out loud when I watched Aladdin because Aladdin says this exact quote “Do you trust me?” before going on the magic carpet with Jasmine and my PH specialist looks JUST LIKE ALADDIN.

    • #19849
      Robin Webster
      Participant

      My absolute favorite quote (even years before my PH diagnosis) and overall life philosophy has always been: “If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you, I came to live out loud!” — Emile Zola

      • #19859
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        I’ve never heard of this quote . I LOVE IT too! I feel like that should be everyone’s goal in life, to “live out loud”. Make a statement, cause some chaos while here (in the best possible way) and SHAKE THINGS UP!

      • #19864
        Colleen Steele
        Keymaster

        I never heard this quote before either! Love it!

        A favorite quote of a friend that isn’t inspirational but funny and rather true is, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to beg for permission.” Not something I want said around my boys but I’ve pocketed it for my own use, LOL!

        • #19869
          Robin Webster
          Participant

          Ha, ha! Colleen, I actually use that one frequently when I need to decide things “on the fly,” as it were. I just announce that I had to “make an executive decision” and go ahead with whatever I wanted to because it is “better to ask forgiveness than permission.” (I’ve been able to get away with it for my entire 36-year adult working life so far!)

        • #19872
          Colleen Steele
          Keymaster

          Robin, it’s funny the the quote does have a lot of truth to it. The father of my son’s best friend uses it and the first time I heard it he said it too our boys. I was like, “No, don’t teach them that!” Now we joke about it and say it often around our house.

        • #19890
          Brittany Foster
          Keymaster

          I like that one too!!! Should use this more often haha!!!!

    • #20052
      Robin Webster
      Participant

      I already answered this with my very favorite quote, but then today on FB in my “memories” I stumbled onto two quotes I really liked five years ago from an episode of a tv show called “Red Band Society.” So I thought I’d share them, too.
      One was, “Luck isn’t getting what you want, it’s surviving what you don’t want.”
      And the other one was,”Your body isn’t you. Your soul is you. And they can never cut into your soul.”

      • #20059
        Colleen Steele
        Keymaster

        Robin, just the mention of the show, “Red Band Society” made me smile. Great quotes and although unrealistic in some of it’s takes on hospital life for teens, the basis of the show was wonderful!

        The show came out when my son was recovering from transplant. He and 4 of his friends also recovering or waiting for transplant, met each week at our apartment to watch it. I have a great picture of them with their arms out displaying their own red bands. We called this group the “real” Red Band Society.

      • #20072
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Robin,
        WOW ! These are both really powerful quotes. I particularly love the first one about surviving what you don’t want. Surviving what we don’t want and overcoming the things that we don’t ask for really is where a lot of our strength comes from. As much as I hate everything that I have been through and how much suffering went along with it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and wouldn’t be able to share my experiences with others and connect with so many people if it weren’t for those hard times too. I’m grateful and a better person for it.

    • #20066
      Jimi Mcintosh
      Participant

      One set of footprints in the sand
      Lord, you promised me you’d hold
      my hand. Tell my why in the
      troubled time I looked back
      and I would find One set of
      footprints in the sand

      div
      One set of footprints in the sand
      Oh yes, at last I understand

      Through every storm he carried
      me now I praise the lord each
      time I see One set
      of footprints in the sand

      • #20073
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        I really like this a lot Jimi. Is this a prayer? It almost sounds like it could be a quote from a song too. Really powerful words.

      • #20117
        Colleen Steele
        Keymaster

        Ah, @jimi I’ve always loved the “Footprints in the Sand,” poem. So beautiful!

    • #20099
      Jimi Mcintosh
      Participant

      I had a friend that shared this with me , taken from a poem, when my daughter was 15 and suddenly went from a healthy, athletic kid to a bed ridden in constant joint and respiratory pain. She was later diagnosed with Lupus and our lives changed forever.

      It satisfied my need for an instant answer to my prayers, I looked for God to Heal her,?it said “I will heal you and deliver you in my time, but in times of pain, loss and confusion, I
      carry your burden and I walk with you, believe in me”. We all will face
      things that we cannot solve or control, we lose hope, our faith is tested, we ask God, why me.

      • #20106
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        I feel like so many of us look towards something to get us through the difficult time. It is really hard when people that we rely on for support seem to fall short or are going through their own difficulty and can’t help us. This is when I have turned towards a higher power or something to give me hope . Thank you for sharing this quote, I can see why it is comforting.

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