Pull-string Quotes

My son LOVES Toy Story. Every time we watch it, he goes berserk and shouts, "Woody! Buzz!" and does a little happy dance. (Wouldn't it be awesome if we all could do that whenever we see/read/watch things we love? For me right now it would be Once Upon a Time. I'm loving that show! And *coughs* Captain Hook...)

My son, with his little stuffed Buzz, which he carries around everywhere. 

Anyway. My sister called yesterday and gave me some words of wisdom, which haven't left me. You know, the kind of thing that sticks and just describes exactly what you're needing or feeling in that moment? And every time I think of it I'm like YES!!!! I'll add it to my little list of happy mantras that help me move on, feel better, help someone else, that help me move forward with what I'm trying to accomplish.

Now back to the Toy Story thing. (Weirdo Cortney coming out here...) I had this thought. If I had a pull-string like Woody does, what would my little mantras be? Whenever someone needed a boost, they could pull the little string in my back and what would I say?

Here's what I'd like to think I'd say (AKA my favorite quotes):

From my sister:

Don't betray yourself out of fear.

From Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech:

"In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?"

From Philippians 4:13:

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

From Theodore Roosevelt:

"Comparison is the thief of joy." 

And these last two come from when I worked custodial during college and cleaned teachers' offices. So many of them had inspiring and uplifting quotes taped up in their offices and in the early morning hours I had ample time to read over them. These have stayed with me:

"It's character-building to do one thing you don't like every day."

"Every minute you're upset, you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

What about you? Any favorite quotes that help you get by when things are going rough? What would your pull-string mantras be?



Morgan said...

What a brilliant post! I LOVE this. All such great thoughts. The happiness one I need to remember. :)

Kristin Smith said...

These are all such great quotes! I don't know what my pull string mantra would be...Aha, here's one! "Don't let the little things get you down, unless it's to your knees." I've heard that quote dozens of times but have no idea who to credit it to. :)

Wonderful post!

Jaime Morrow said...

Those are all great quotes, Cortney! Thank you so much for sharing them, because this is *exactly* what I needed to read today. :D

Crystal Collier said...

Nice. Mine would totally be: "If all else fails, eat cheese and be happy." And, "You make your own reality."

ilima said...

I must have strong character because I do a lot of things I don't want to do every day. Ha! These are great.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Philippians 4:13 is awesome. I also like 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Tammy Theriault said...

my pull string would say "screw it", guess it has so many meanings! hahaha...so many hugs at you

Leandra Wallace said...

Love what your sister said, that's pretty epic. My little guy thinks Toy Story is pretty cool too (so does Mom...) ;)

Emily R. King said...

Your son is adorable! I love the pull-a-string idea. My saying would probably be...clean up your room! :)

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