December: Words I Wish I Wrote that I Wrote Down (in my journal)

My Type A (read “OCD”) personality is having real trouble with even sending this out….it’s not December anymore and everyone is talking about the “new” year and new resolutions (which by the way I fully support- what’s with all the resolution-hating this year?  If you don’t try, you’ll NEVER succeed, right?).  December is gone and somehow even the fuzzy, cozy feel of the season is different, all sparkly and shiny instead of soft and quiet?  Is it just me?

We had a super fun NYE in some rustic cottages at Lake Crescent Lodge in the Olympic National Forest, and due to a computer malfunction (read I forgot to forward this to myself) I couldn’t post this until we got back.  So, despite the now lateness of the title, here you are: some words I saw last month that I took time to write down.  As usual there seems to be a theme weaving through them to me- I’ll let you see if you detect one for yourself.  I do have more to say and you might even see TWO posts from me in one week but we are taking one more no-school day today.  Have a great first week of 2014.  I am grateful for 2013 and ready for this next year to show itself.

Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Forest

We are all sculptors and painters and our material is our own flesh and bones.
Henry David Thoreau

When one loves, one does not calculate.
St Therese of Lisieux

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
Michel de Montaigne

It’s not so much where you stand that matters but in what direction you are moving.

The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, but to be with each other.
Christopher McDougall

Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O’Connor

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
C Northcote Parkinson

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant

Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.
Maya Angelou

Have the courage to speak the Truth- even if your voice is trembling.

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
Grace Hopper

Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.
Christopher Morley

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
Arthur Helps

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
Iris Murdoch

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
Henry Ford

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste.  The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
Arnold Bennett

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
Charlotte Bronte

Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.
Albert Einstein

We become what we think about.
Earl Nightingale

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
Charles Swindoll

Little by little, one travels far.
J. R. R. Tolkien

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The antidote to exhaustion is not rest, but wholeheartedness.
David Whyte

Sometimes God has his people wait long so our gratitude becomes deeper and wider.
Ann Voskamp

“But if a man has commonly a very clear and happy daily life then I think we are justified in asking that he shall not make mountains out of molehills.  I do not deny that molehills can sometimes be important.  Small annoyances have this evil about them, that they can be more abrupt because they are more invisible; they cast no shadow before, they have no atmosphere…. But when all this is allowed for, I repeat that we may ask a happy man…to put up with pure inconveniences and even make them part of his happiness.  Of positive pain or positive poverty I do not speak here speak. I speak of those innumerable accidental limitations that are always falling across our path – bad weather, confinement to this or that house or room, failure of appointments or arrangements…”
G.K. Chesterton, “The Advantages of Having One Leg”


Goodbye 2013
Goodbye 2013
Welcome 2014!
Welcome 2014!

6 thoughts on “December: Words I Wish I Wrote that I Wrote Down (in my journal)

  1. Alene Snodgrass January 2, 2014 / 10:59 am

    Oh how I love this, especially in regards to what I posted today. “A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
    Grace Hopper

    Love you girl!

    • Dawn Muench January 2, 2014 / 11:00 am

      And I you 🙂 You are the picture to this quote I think 🙂 Thanks for always encouraging us to sail on out there 🙂

  2. Elise Daly Parker January 2, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Well your New Year’s Eve celebration looks fun and sounds lovely. And I love these quotes! I’m going to print them out and keep them for inspiration. Thank you. Happy New Year…would love you to link up at And maybe you’ll consider guest posting for us this year? Blessings!

    • Dawn Muench January 2, 2014 / 4:44 pm

      Hi Elise- great to hear from you again! I’ll check out the linkup and I would love to guest post this year. I finally have some time and intention to do more writing this year so that would be really nice. Happy New Year!

  3. Simply Beth January 2, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    A friend shared your post on FB and it brought me here today. I loved this. I’m so glad you did share this. I need to do better at writing words that grab my attention in my journal. I’m holding on to this.

    • Dawn Muench January 2, 2014 / 4:43 pm

      Hi Beth! I find that writing them down in my journal and then again when I type out this post monthly really helps me focus on them- so glad you like them! Who’s your friend that shared? I always like to connect the dots 🙂

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