I posted this on the Worthwhile blog, and liked it so much I decided I needed to post it here too.
I love quotes. I'm constantly running across quotes I want to remember. The trouble with quotes though, is that they rarely amount to more than meaningless soundbites. They go in one ear, we nod vigorously in agreement, and then they go out the other.
The quote that got me thinking of this is one I love: "Be the change you wish to see in the world…" - Gandhi
It's a great quote. And a great idea. But I'd wager for most people its power gets lost at a big picture philosophical level. The real power of that quote comes when we ask ourselves, "OK, what does that mean to me? More specifically, what does that mean to me today? Right here, right now? What decisions do I need to make day in, day out to actually put the meaning of that quote into action?"
Change of any kind seldom comes as a made-for-Hollywood revolution. It comes from the cumulative impact of our every day choices.
Take a look at that Gandhi quote and ask yourself, "How do I apply that today? How do I apply that tomorrow?"
Try that with your other pet quotes. How do they actually apply to how you live your life on a daily basis? Look past the quick fix soundbite and start to apply the real meaning in a conscious, rubber-meets-the-road kind of way.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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