Although my coffee and I remained in the United States this morning, my mind enjoyed traveling. I hope you enjoy the trip through literature as much as I did on a tired Monday morning.
“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
*Where are you looking?
“Who, being loved, is poor?” – A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
*I am not alone.
“. . . It’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
*Learn from the past.
“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” – The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
*The past is not wasted.
“I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
*I am moving forward.
“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
*Life is full of change.
“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” – Chocolat by Joanne M. Harris
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
*My world must be pretty merry.
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – The Riddle of the Ivy by G. K. Chesterton
*Love London and Paris but love America too.
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – On the Road by Jack Kerouac
*Enjoy traveling through life.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town, is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Baghdad Sketches by Freya Stark
*Take advantage of alone time.
“How little we know of what there is to know.” – For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
*Learn something new every day. Never make the mistake of thinking you’ve arrived.
“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
*Don’t let fear keep you from pursuing your dreams.
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
*Look for the good in others. (Forgive the Pollyanna undertone.)
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
*Write. Write every day.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I have needed to be.” – The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
*God has a plan.
“Earth laughs in flowers.” – Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson
*Laugh. It does good like a medicine.
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.” – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
*Count your blessings.
Here’s to tomorrow!