Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quotes That Make You Go "Huh?"

I enjoy quotes.  Many of us do.  I like sharing quotes.  Many of us do.  I love quotes that underscore a point we are trying to make. 

It would be difficult to write a post about quotes without including some of my favorite dog quotes!  We are dog rescuers and therefore, dog lovers!

 dog chase

Dogs Rules

dog smarts

There are many quotes that make you stop and think about them for a minute.  Some make you feel warm and fuzzy and some give you encouragement when you are struggling.  Personally, I like the quotes that have to do with self-improvement or encouragement.   

But when they make no sense, do we blindly share them and agree with them?  

Warm and Fuzzy Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt

Ronald Reagan

Helen Keller

Robert Louis Stevenson

Quotes that make you smile
Then there are some quotes that give you a chuckle:

"I'm thirty years old but I read at the thirty-four-year-old level." Dana Caryey

"An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for months or years.  A competent attorney can delay one even longer." 
Evelle J. Younger

Charles Schulz

Quotes that make you go "Huh?"

I certainly could list dozens and we all have our favorites.  But every once in awhile, I read one that just makes no sense to me.  And what even makes less sense is when I read the comments.

So, this is my dilemma.  Am I the only one out there who does not agree with this quote?  I read it and the numerous comments all said the same thing - they agreed and said things like "So true." and "If only everyone would remember that."  I don't get it.   Do people make these comments to be nice without giving it any thought?

I am not bashing the author of this quote in any way.  She is a respected author.  I am sure this quote, when in its original context,  made a lot more sense.  I want to dissect this quote and would appreciate your opinion. 

"Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live." ― Rachel Ann Nunes 

Do what makes you happy.  I would love to be able to do what makes me happy.  But, in the real world, there are a lot of things we have to do that make us sad.  When we care for someone we love who is dying; when we bury someone we love; or when we say good-bye for the last time to a four-legged friend.  And there are those times we lose a relationship without any hope of it being rekindled.  Or when we need to be the bearer of bad news to someone.  Often we have to do what makes us sad even though it would be tremendous to only do what makes us happy.

Be with who makes you smile.   Many of us have jobs that require us to be involved with people who do not make us smile.  Do we just disregard them?  Anyone who has counseled others knows there are more depressed people in this world than happy ones.  I believe it is our job to make them smile, not the other way around.  I am blessed to be one of those people who can make sad people laugh.  Hence, doing what makes me happy!

Laugh as much as you breathe.  This one really baffled me.  I cannot wrap my head around it.  If we laughed as often as we breathed, we would probably be put into a straight jacket and taken away on a gurney.  I have been around people that laugh way too much.  They are either covering up their pain, are simple-minded or are sniffing too much glue.  They are not the kind of people I would choose to be around because they usually aren't living in reality.

Love as long as you live.  FINALLY.  This one I can relate to a million percent.  Without giving and receiving love, life feels meaningless.  We all have moments when we feel unloved or unlovable but hopefully, those times are short-lived.

I couldn't write a post about quotes without including my favorites -- which all came from my father.

"DO IT RIGHT -- DO IT NOW!"  This was probably one of his greatest lessons.  Read my blog on Serious Help for Procrastinators.  How to overcome procrastination using this man's SECRET.  It was very simple.  Do it right and do it now.  NO EXCUSES!

"FEED YOUR FAITH - OR FEED YOUR FEAR"  Whichever one you choose to feed will grow.  The one you don't feed will die.  Again, a very basic and simple philosophy that has helped me maintain perspective in precarious situations.

"FORGIVENESS -- IT'S A CHOICE!  If we choose not to forgive, the only one we hurt is ourselves.  It can eat at us like a cancer and destroy us.

My mother died when I was a teenager and my father when I was 35; both were taken from me too young.  But they left me with a heritage of strong integrity, morals, and ethics. My father lived what he preached. 

My children never met their grandparents; I have tried to keep memories alive of their heritage and instill in them the same philosophies by which my father lived.  Accomplishing that, I can be happy.

What do you think?

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