📕 LivingOS Issue #120 - The Seven Favorite Quotes That Shaped My Life

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I received so many great feedback on my latest interview with Reza and Nate, such as:

The way you talked about our youngest fellow reflected the way I see you. I’m so impressed at how you “have the innocence to take action, but also have the maturity to make thoughtful yet courageous decisions.” It’s really rare and refreshing these days.

I don’t like to listen to myself talking, but I clearly remembered how energetic I felt during the recording. Can you let me know if any of that good energy comes through?


This week, I’m writing a guest post for Every on lessons from coaching 100 high achievers and another piece for On Deck on powerful affirmations, so I thought to share seven powerful quotes with you today:

  1. On Self

    “A bad day for your ego really is an excellent day for your spirit. The events that break us—in truth—actually open us. And those experiences that bring us to our knees are the very conditions that take us closer to our grandest and most wise, fearless, creative and loving selves.” — Robin Sharma

  2. On Emotions

    “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” — Kurt Vonnegut

  3. On Spirituality

    “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” — Lao Tzu

  4. On Friendship

    “When was the last time you had a great conversation? A conversation that wasn’t just two intersecting monologues, but when you overheard yourself saying things you never knew you knew, that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that found places within you that you thought you had lost, and the sense of an “eventive" conversation that brought the two of you into a different plain and then forthly, a conversation that continued to sing afterwards for weeks in your mind? Conversations like that are food and drink for the soul.” — John O’Donahue

  5. On Love

    “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato

  6. On Life

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. On Memory

    “Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” ― Mitch Albom

If you’d like to get more inspiration, you can check out my public bookshelf too.

Can’t wait to share all the good stuff with you!

~Charlene