This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts on my blog. I have found that there are many great quotations out there. Some are over-used, some are barely used, some are misused. But they all tell a bit of a story, and I thought I’d start to share some of my favorites.
Today’s quote comes from Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) – a prominent sociologist, writer, feminist, and lecturer for social reform. Prior to coming across this quote, I had never heard of her. But this quote combines two of my favorite things (writing and living) and speaks volumes to me about something that I aspire to on an ongoing basis.
I find it all too easy to review life and say “Poor me. I’m over-tired, I’m … (insert whatever it is bothering me that particular week). My life is hard. But I can’t change it – it’s my lot. Poor me.” Wake up, ME! This is not a productive approach!
- It does not generate change or positive forward motion,
- It does not incite reflection for making my own circumstances better,
- And it certainly does not provide fuel to my inner fire that says “You know what? This is NOT my life. My life is what I make of it. I’m going to get up, dust myself off, and find a better way”.
Life doesn’t have to happen to us; we can choose to happen to life. I can choose to be active in my life, my choices, and my destiny. I can choose to take charge of my circumstances and my situation, and I can make my life into the life I want it to be. Granted, there are some things that are outside of my control. But my approach to those things are well within my control, and that is where the balance of my power lies.
So I choose not to let my life be a noun; not to simply be a composition of people, places, and things that come and go.
I choose to make my life into a verb – I choose to do life – LIVE life. And I choose to be active, involved, and a part of what is going on around me. I always try to remember that…
“Life is a verb, not a noun.” – Charlotte Perkins Gillman