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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The White Winter

The White Winter
No, that's not something from Game of Thrones although it could be. George R.R. Martin, we give you permission to use it. Might go well with the white walkers.

We were talking today about last winter -- the hard one. And we found ourselves naming it 'The White Winter,' and while we're not The Weather Channel making up storm names, we think pretty its appropriate.

Anyway, today we were thinking of quotes we like. Like this famous one
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? 
Until today we didn't know that this is a quote from pastor Robert Schuller. The guy that built the Chrystal Cathedral and its ministry, handed it to his son, who lost it then threw his dad under the bus. We're thinking maybe we'll take down our little magnet of this quote ... we're not really on very good terms with failure here at CathyBlogs and the Schullers seem to have failed miserably despite this really good quote. We think there's some illogic buried in that quote; maybe because we've attempted stuff and failed spectacularly. Then we are left with bitter memories have learned and forged on!

Here's another one we often read or seen on TV commercials, from Henry David Thoreau's On Walden Pond
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Life the life you've imagined.
Which is not exactly what it says, either
“... I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
There's more realism in the full quote; the idea that if you try to life the life you've imagined, you won't necessary get that full life, but you may meet with success 'unexpected in common hours.' You might not get everything you want, but you can be happy with what you get. We are not the only ones to notice this.

Finally, this, supposedly from Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
We searched and searched and could not find the source for this anywhere. Until we found this on wikiquote.org
This seems to be a misattribution of a passage from E.E. Cummings's A Poet's Advice: "To be nobody -- but yourself-- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
And isn't that interesting? The gist of the quote, but from an entirely different writer. That is, if wikiquote.org is to be believed. But that's more research than we're ready for this Tuesday night.

When we were thinking about this post today, the original direction was kind of a downer: Why continue to write stuff when somebody else has done it better? Although we suspect that most writers go through that phase. But this hour or so of research may be changing our mind. Because the words might not always mean what they seem to. Or belong to, even.

This is a really long bunch of bullshit to get to the very short observation of the whole night

If I quote
other peoples' words
then mix them up
like Scrabble
could I find
my own truth
lurking inside?

Wow, was that ever not worth it or what? Still, we've sworn off apologizing. We did give you a name for last winter, didn't we? What else would we be listening to on a night we conjoured a name for The White Winter? How about this one, since we were rather blindsided by the original of tonight's quotes

 

Back down, down to the downtown / Down to the lockdown... / Boards, nails lie around
I crouch like a crow / Contrast in the snow / For the agony I'd rather know
'Cause BLINDED / I am blindsided

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