I was asked to provide the quote for today's meeting.
Well! That was a task I welcomed. I immediately dove into my reading journal where I write down the sentences/phrases/paragraphs from books I'm reading that resonate with me.
Here were some of the things I found that I put on my short list for Quote Consideration.
"I tried to think of the things I'd be capable of doing while on fire and the list was fucking short "Jeff Somers (manuscript pages)
Nope, not quite the right tone for this meeting, but still, awesome.
"I'd spent half my life giving a clinic on how to fuck up in slow motion. I had slow motion fucking whiplash."Jeff Somers (manuscript pages)
Again probably not quite right for the meeting, but this should be on my tombstone for sure.
"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active form like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is now, right here and now."Mr. Rogers
Now we're getting closer. And it's impossible to go wrong with Mr. Rogers.
Again, not quite the right tone, but oh so apt for so many other meetings."When destiny wants to fuck with you, it can afford to be patient. Destiny has all the time in the world."Laura Lippman
"The only law that applied to her was gravity, and some days she defied that too."Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Probably a little too spiritual for a secular business meeting, but I love this quote, and I really love that book."The greatest spiritual practice is just showing up."
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
"Everytime we draw a line between us and others, Jesus is on the other side of it."Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Well, even though I love this quote and think about it often, it's clearly a non-starter at this secular meeting.
And then I found this one.
Books are the carriers of civilization.
Without books, history is silent,
thought and speculation at a standstill.
And I think it's perfect.
Do you have a saying taped up in your office that reminds you of the big picture?