Points to Ponder

Do you have a favourite expression or quote that really resonates with you? You know, the one that makes you smile, tugs at your heart strings and takes you back to another place and time. Those jewels usually pass quickly through my mind, and are quickly forgotten. . .or saved in “For Later” folder on social media. Here is an “in progress” compilation of some of my favourites. Feel free to send me some of yours so we can share them with others! (wanderings2017@gmail.com)

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited of what could go right. Tony Robbins, American author, business strategist

We can’t always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it.


You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.  Mae West, American actress

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.  May Sarton, American poet


This day will come only once. If it’s a tough day, BREATHE. It will be over soon. If it’s a bright day, SMILE and let yourself enjoy it. Lori Deschene, author, founder of Tiny Buddha

Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it hope. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.


There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more than your own thoughts. Unknown


It’s never too late to be what you might have been.  George Elliot, English author also known as Mary Ann Evans

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet

Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning. Catherine Pulsifer, Canadian author

Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different. Patrick Foley, Irish Bishop


You have to systematically create confusion; it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.” – Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist

I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world. – Elijah Wood, American author

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.– Julia Cameron, American writer

Make your lives a masterpiece, you only get one canvas.
–  E.A. Bucchianeri, American author

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. – Stella Adler, American actress

Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it. – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress & comedian

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm, German sociologist

Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein, German physicist

It’s not just about creativity. It’s about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating.– Charlie Peacock, American musician

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.– Edward de Bono, Maltese physician

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou, African-American author/poet

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.– Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur & co-founder of Apple

One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new. – Harvey Mackay, American journalist

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things . . . Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.
Rajneesh, Indian guru


(Thanks to Joanne C. for sending these quotes.)

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there. – George Burns 

I’m 59 and people call me middle-aged. How many 118-year-old men do you know? – Barry Cryer 

The older I get, the better I used to be. – Lee Trevino 

Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. – Ogden Nash

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it. – Golda Meir 

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