Words that got me thinking this week

Since a very young age I’ve been collecting words.

Among the ever-increasing collection of novels on my shelves, you will find notebooks filled with quotes, jotted down in a juvenile handwriting, gathered from the usual sources – Huletts sugar packets, movies, books and magazines – joined in more recent times by snippets of conversation, sharp wit and pleasing turns of phrase spotted on social media.

For some reason I’ve always found tremendous comfort, encouragement and inspiration in words. Here are a few that tumbled into my life this week: IMG_2133

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.” – Lauren Kate (Found on tumblr & sent to me by Guillaume)

“Hope is fuel, it moves us forward and it amplifies our best work. Expectation is the killer of joy, the shortest route to disappointment. When we expect that something will happen, we can”t help but be let down…” – Seth Godin (also sent by Guillaume)


“Buried beneath all the anxiety and sorrow and fear and self-loathing, there’s arrogance at its core. It presumes you should be successful at twenty-six, when really it takes most writers so much longer to get there… You loathe yourself, and yet you’re consumed by the grandiose ideas you have about your own importance. You’re up too high and down too low. Neither is the place where we get any work done. We get the work done on the ground level. And the kindest thing I can do for you is to tell you to get your ass on the floor. I know it’s hard to write, darling. But it’s harder not to. The only way you’ll find out if you ‘have it in you’ is to get to work and see if you do. The only way to override your ‘limitations, insecurities, jealousies, and ineptitude’ is to produce.” – Cheryl Strayed in her Dear Sugar column to a young writer (Found on the incomparably brilliant Brainpickings)

“‘The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty.’ I think we all long for certainty and safety. We all long for things to be all nailed down… like we’ve figured it out. But it’s not the nature of the universe. The nature of the universe is that we grow, we evolve, we discover. And as soon as we are afraid of change, we block all of that.” – Kristen Bell on the Robcast 


  • Imar

    Thanks for sharing. I also keep coming across this idea in different places and forms: “the only way to override your limitations, insecurities, jealousies, and ineptitude is to produce”. Makes sense. Self-doubt can be so crippling and nobody can fix that for you!

    • Lisel Krige

      I couldn’t agree more. The challenge lies in the powerful, effective mobilizing of self – to produce and keep producing: uplifting, inspiring, empowering, enlightening, thought-provoking, innovating material!

    • Nadia

      It’s true… and counts for every area of our lives. Another great quote from the article is:

      “And it’s only when you can get out of your own ego that you can actually do what is necessary to do — in a relationship, in your professional life, as a parent, in any of those ways. It has to do with humility — doing the work.”

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