I don’t have many hobbies compared to other people. I don’t collect coins or antiques, for example. I don’t search for stamps or yarn, nor do I fish, ski or sew. In fact, the list of things I don’t collect or do in my leisure time is extremely long.
But I recently realized that I am a collector of vast proportions because I’m a collector of words.
Like all writers, I treasure books. My bookcases are jammed with autographed fiction and non-fiction, and I especially cherish the volumes graciously signed by our fellow SinCNE members.
I’m also a rabid collector of quotations. I am fascinated by thought-provoking and inspirational sayings I discover in books, newspapers, on the Web, and elsewhere. These maxims can be delicious morsels of encouragement. Some comfort me. Others make me laugh. And sometimes, these words created by others can infuriate me.
I have quotes everywhere — displayed on the walls of my office at home and in the workplace, on my refrigerator, near my computer and my dresser, in my purse and even in the car. I like to share the best ones and I’m grateful for those who patiently indulge this predilection.
My favorites have changed over the years. Here’s one that I discovered on a handmade greeting card that has kept me going through some recent personal challenges:
Even in the darkest night
Believe in the wonder
Believe in the light
Believe in your soul
Believe in your insight
Believe that, at last
It will come out right.
One that helps me keep writing and overcome my rebelliousness against BIC (Butt in the Chair) is Brian Littrell’s motivating adage:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”
Do you collect words, too? What quotations (writing and non-writing) inspire you?