I have a very active inner child, who is endlessly curious. It was this quest for knowledge and acute curiosity that led to my love for reading at an early age. The more I learned, the more I realized how little I know, and how no one can ever know it all. Even more important, we don’t need to know it all. I don’t think we are meant to.
Words are powerful conduits for knowledge and understanding. Words can connect us. Sometimes words can define us, or explain us to others, or perhaps just to ourselves. I often write down words and phrases that mean something to me. However, some of these words, quotes, and phrases just make me think. Many of these become "mantra", words I live by.
A mantra that has stayed with me from youth is, “It is what it is.” I take this to heart. If we can remember this it can help us with many situations that are beyond our control. It can be freeing. We cannot always understand why something is a certain way or how to fix a problem. But, if we can simply accept it, we can move forward.
About the time that I realized my own love of words gave me power, I came across my favourite Nietzsche quote, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” This has an especially powerful meaning for me. It proved to be true then, and continues to ring true.
When I was 19, I converted to Catholicism. It was something that I felt deeply about from the age of 12. Finding Mother Teresa was one of the catalysts in converting when I finally did. She inspired me then and still does today. Her words, “Intense love does not measure, it just gives” are potent reminders of what love is and does.
Gandhi is very special to me. I have his words on my blog footer, along with two other loves of mine, Chloe Jo and Maggie. But, another mantra that is always on my heart and whispered in my soul is from Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” When I listen to the news, see rants on Facebook, blogs, and other places, I think of this simple truth. When I am confronted by someone with whom I disagree, these words always rise from deep within me.
I know that I cannot always make a profound impact with my actions or words. Truthfully, I would rather do my work here on earth quietly, as close to God’s satisfaction as I can. I can “be part of the change I wish to see in the world”. God knows what is in my heart. And He understands.