a friday quote (1).

Once upon a time, when I was The English Teacher Formerly Known as Myself, I’d post a quote a day on the white board.  Sometimes – actually, let’s be honest: most of the time –  I’d forget to copy down a new quote, and it wasn’t until some perky 11th grader reminded me that I’d bust out the ol’ quote book and slap words on the wall for inspiration.  With Starbucks’ iced caramel macchiato, extra caramel (my drink of choice back in 2001 before the Workforce Weight Gain Fairy paid me a visit), we’d talk about the words in front of us.

What do you think it means?  

What does this quote stir within you?  

What else can you say in the next three minutes and fifty-two seconds to further detract from the day’s REAL American literature lesson?

And on and on it went.

So, let me be clear: this is not a promise.  It’s not a new year’s resolution to Post More Quotes (!) every Friday on this site.  But I am a fan of words, and of stealing nuggets of letter-filled truth, as we love and lean into and learn from each other.  I don’t claim any of these quotes as Gospel, nor do I necessarily like or agree with the books from which they’re posted.  I just like the words, and that, I’d say, is enough.

From Amy Poehler’s Yes Please

Mike Bitzenhofer
Flickr Creative Commons: Mike Bitzenhofer.

Happy Friday!

So, what do you think?  What do these words mean – or not mean – to you?  And if you’d like, leave a comment with your favorite quote, and perhaps we’ll get that up one of these Fridays!

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4 thoughts on “a friday quote (1).

  1. I did “Saturday Quotables” for a while on my blog and got some good responses, Cara. I hope you find it rich in conversation as well.

    Your quote above hits some good points, but the conclusion is slightly off the mark for me. Gratitude and tenderness are part of the healing insofar as they are aspects of love for our neighbors. It’s love that brings true healing and it can take many forms in addition to gratitude and tenderness. Of course if gratitude and tenderness are absent I’d say love is probably not present either in most situations.

    Thanks for getting me thinking this morning, Cara.

    1. Yup. Exactly. Gratitude and tenderness are part but not the whole. I think I’m in a season of “looking deep,” and that’s why I resonate with the rest of the words. Look forward to featuring your Chesterton quote (and giving you a shout-out as well)! Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  2. Love it…. I think that gratitude has been a great healer for me. In every heartache, being able to hold onto something – even the split second, or the tiniest nugget – to carry forward and hold carefully to help heal the hurts has been so therapeutic for me. And, in turn, helps me to be more grateful for the everyday mundane, just in case I am going to need to grasp back for it someday… and tenderness, well, that’s a whole different ballgame for someone as big and clumsy as me, but I like to think my tenderness toward others when they are hurting may be helpful to them in their process, as the tenderness of others has been helpful to me. 🙂 thanks for the gentle moment, Mama!

    1. May HEALING be upon you, my friend. I love that you’ve inadvertently found gratitude AND tenderness …but let’s get you healed, girl! xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

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