“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Positive Quote: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

This is such a great quote for me. I was raised in an environment that was not the healthiest for children. Yet, I can remember promising myself that I could be more, do more, and I told myself that I could be and would be a better person.

I believe each person has the ability to create the person in themselves they want to be. It takes desire, dedication, and belief. It takes choosing the actions and path that will get you there.

What kind of self are you creating?

Have a fabulous Friday.
Priscilla

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“The thoughts we choose to act upon define us to others, the ones we do not, define us to ourselves.” – Yahia Lababidi

Positive Quote: “The thoughts we choose to act upon define us to others, the ones we do not, define us to ourselves.” – Yahia Lababidi

This quote brings reflection to me. I see it as true. No one but ourselves knows what we could have done and didn’t or chose not to and it defines who we are and what we believe on the inside.

The quote reminds me of the TV show “What Would You Do?” where people are placed in situations unknowingly to see how they react, if at all. It could be a person being racist or someone shoplifting or someone slipping something in someone’s drink…do you say nothing, do you step in, what do you do… these are the type of moments I think of when I read this quote.

When no one but you is there, what do you do? How do you define yourself to you?

Is who you perceive yourself to be how others see you?

I think this is such a good quote.

Have a tremendous Thursday.
Priscilla

“What is the hardest task in the world? To think.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Positive Quote: “What is the hardest task in the world? To think.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like this quote, it helps remind me that reacting before thinking is not easy. There are times when emotions can run high and one finds oneself reacting versus taking the time to stop and think before we do anything rash.

Have you ever heard the term “hot button” it is a topic that, if broached in a certain way immediately gets an emotional reaction from someone. It could be anything and it is personal to that specific individual. We all have these buttons; to me it is in the knowing that we have them and working to diminish their emotional impact. I also think some buttons will never truly go away, yet they can shrink in size to be less obvious.

I’ll share a button I used to have; it took some time for me to release myself from its emotional pull. When my children were smaller, I was in a role at work where I was on call 24×7 by forever. The phone could ring at any time; 2a.m., midnight, during dinner. When the phone would ring I might have to get online and start doing stuff. Some calls would last 2-3 minutes; others could last 8-10 hours. The longest one I had was from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day; talk about a disaster. Well, my children would, daily, whether the phone rang or not, they would tell me that I wasn’t spending time with them, that I worked all the time. This was a huge button for me as I began to feel the guilt a parent does when we think we are not there for our children and have to choose between work and home life. It took me a little bit to realize that while my phone rang, it was not every night and not every call was severe. So, I started setting clearly defined boundaries, boundaries that were, for the most part, already in place, yet I verbally spoke about it to my children. I would say, I am not going to work; i.e. boot up my laptop unless I get a call and would work after I tucked the kids into bed to sleep. By reinforcing this it helped my children know that I was not working when I was with them. As for the on call part, I worked with my team and set some base guidelines on what type of issues I should be called for and to leverage the manager on call rotation that was put in place. This reduced my after hour calls significantly. It also helped me teach my children that unless there is an emergency, I focused on them and we talked about what a work emergency could be, it is hard to explain a data center outage in children’s terms, but it worked.

So, I will continue to work to focus on reducing my hot buttons and take the time to think before I react. Or at least to minimize the reaction and within a very short amount of time think and talk it out with people I may have reacted with.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Priscilla

“Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it.” – Merle Miller

Positive Quote: “Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it.” – Merle Miller

This quote helps remind me that we all have burdens, each in different ways. It is how we handle (or carry) our burdens that makes the difference.

• Do we let it defeat us?
• Do we let it push us towards giving up, giving in, or quitting?
• Do we look to our friends, family, co-workers to help us share our burdens (depending on type)?
• Do we view it as a means of growth and learning?

It all depends on our approach and attitude.

There are some burdens I would not want to wish on anyone. Not all burdens are created equally.

I hope everyone has a tremendous Tuesday and looks to help others with their burdens if and when possible.

Priscilla

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne

Positive Quote: “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne

This quote brought a smile to my face. I can picture it in my mind, me climbing a tree for fruit….knowing I have never climbed a tree in my life and then thinking how shaky that limb would be and knowing that if/when I reached the fruit it would be juicy and delicious.

I have found that when I step outside of my comfort zone and try new things or take chances or even just try to learn something I did not know, that the experience afterwards is very fulfilling. The experience during can be bumpy at times, sorta like a shaking tree limb.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a phenomenal Friday.
Priscilla

“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” – Charles F. Kettering

Positive Quote: “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” – Charles F. Kettering

I have found that if a person can accurately describe an issue or a problem then they know what it is and what it isn’t. This would help in determining what it could be and then it becomes a matter of a solution and implementing it. Yet, if someone can’t get past the vagueness of defining the problem, a solution cannot be hoped for as it is more of a needle in a haystack hoping that a solution will fix it.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a terrific Thursday.
Priscilla