January Words I Wish I Wrote that I Wrote Down (in my journal)

Happy February!  My January was slam full of all kinds of fun and new things and time with friends- ending with a great trail race on Orcas Island and a long-planned trip home to MS.  I have absolutely lowed seeing friends and family and some unexpected snow, and what more could you ask for than watching this Superbowl game with 3 sweet and crazy nephews while eating seafood gumbo with hot sauce and a seasonal Abita after biting into a baby in the King Cake.  Ahhhhh, there’s really no place like “home”.  I simply can’t pick a favorite from this list of amazing worlds below!  I’d love to hear which one is YOUR favorite!






All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.
J.M. Barrie

My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.
Drake Arbus

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Who is strong?  He that can conquer his bad habits.
Benjamin Franklin

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.
Robert Luis Stevenson

Waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother.  We are enlarged in the waiting.  We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us.  But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
Eugene Peterson

My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
George Eliot

Enough is abundance to the wise.

Such are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind, for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius

You must constantly ask yourself these questions:  Who am I around?  What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most importantly, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that ok? Your life does not get more right by chance, but by practical CHANGE.
Jim Rohn

Never never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.
Ludwig Borne

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature.  A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.
Harry Crews

We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.
Benjamin Franklin

I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
Calvin Coolidge

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects.  The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
Elie Wiesel

To have what we want is riches, but to be able to do without is power.
George MacDonald

There are two kinds of light- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
James Thurber

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Jean de la Fontaine

The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in al lthe details of daily life.
William Morris

The habit of being happy enables us to be freed or largely freed from the dominance of the outward conditions.
Robert Luis Stevenson

Let nothing upset you,
Let nothing startle you.
All things pass,
God does not change.
Patience wins all it seeks.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone is enough.
St Teresa of Avila

Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clear view again.
Alex Tan

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.
Robert Frost

Don’t allow someone else’s brokenness to undermine your wholeness.  You may not have said/done anything wrong, it is simply their perspective that is not right.  Hurting people hurt people.
Christine Caine

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill

The stress of the disaster narrowed people’s fields of vision, as if they wore blinders to anyone’s experience but their own
“5 Days at Memorial”

It is a rare and beautiful thing when we choose to offer love in situations when most people would choose to scorn or ignore.
Lysa Terkeurst

Circumstances don’t change your heart.  They reveal it.
Sammy Rhodes

This is why we can’t measure the value of our decisions based on outcomes.  Most of life is not an outcome.  Most of life is unfolding on the road in front of us.  The “outcome” can change as fast as the scenery.
Allie Vestervelt “Traveling Light”

When you are living in your passion, people around you who were sleeping will be woke up.  That’s how you know.  When we become who we were made to be, we come alive, but the people around us come alive too!  Where your passion meets their need that is your calling.
Allie Vestervelt “Traveling Light”

We write to taste life twice.  Once in the moment, and once in retrospection.
Anais Nin

Don’t ask yourself what this world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive and do that.  Because what this world needs are people who have come alive.
John Eldredge

I believe in words, in the power and potential they possess, that what we say is significant and it’s up to us to share our stories.  But I also believe there comes a time when you can’t just write about life.  You have to life it.  Even when it scares you half to death…….What great writers do, and maybe great people, is they step into the mess.  They do the difficult job of caring, not just about what they do but who they do it for.  And that’s something rare.
Jeff Goins

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr

4 thoughts on “January Words I Wish I Wrote that I Wrote Down (in my journal)

  1. Keri February 3, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
    Mark Twain

    • Dawn Muench February 5, 2014 / 7:25 am

      This is so so true Keri, right? There is enough room for all of us to be great in our own way!

  2. Rachel Stankowski February 3, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    This one is my favorite this month:

    Never never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I learned that from reading Harry Potter, I think. It instantly reminds me of Voldemort portioning off his soul into his various horcruxes. The immortality he achieved by damaging his soul hardly seems worth it.

    • Dawn Muench February 5, 2014 / 7:24 am

      OOOh- love that! You are so right- “hardly” seems worth it- ha!

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