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Friday, August 7, 2015

Encouragements, Good Books, and Abe Lincoln

I know what you're thinking, odd title, but it will make sense, trust me. If you have read the book The Fault in Our Stars (ever heard of it?) by John Green, then you'd know about the "encouragements" sprawled across the entirety of Augustus Waters house. I was re-reading the book the other day and realized that I have absentmindedly became Gus's parents by filling my room with my version of encouragements. Throughout the past year or so, I've been writing quotes or phrases that catch my interest on cute little colored paper and then I'd hang them on my wall. Although Augustus and Hazel didn't think much of the encouragements, I honestly find them really uplifting, as cheesy as that may sound. I enjoy them and that's all the validation I need.

Another book that I've read recently with a some-what similar theme of nice words hanging on walls was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. If you've read this book, then you'd know Finch liked writing nice, meaningful words on post-it notes then sticking them on his walls. I couldn't help but eye my own meaningful words hung on my wall while reading the book. I guess my wall is filled with a combination of Finch's post-its and the Water's encouragements, but what's with the need to see nice words and quotes on my walls in the first place? Because I really don't know. I haven't figured that one out yet. I do, however, know that I really enjoy seeing the words that I thought meant something special enough to write it on a little piece of paper and hang it on my wall.

One of my favorite quotes I've written is a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The quote reads "Whatever you are, be a good one". I'm not one for memorizing quotes, but this one always stuck. I know this quote can be easily misconstrued, for instance, an axe-murderer could say "well I'm an axe-murderer so Honest Abe wants be to be a good one" and I guess, literally, that is correct, but I like to think of it as "I am a human being, so I'll be a good one" or "I am a daughter, a sister, a member of my community, a friend, etc., so I'll be a good one". Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what Lincoln's context of that quote was directed towards, but I like to think of it as what should be a mantra for the human race. Okay, I think I may be getting a little too deep. Let's get back to the light stuff.

Other quotes displayed on my wall include:
"You won't know unless you try",
"If at first you do not succeed, try again",
the word "adventure",
the word "effervescent",
and my New Year's Resolutions from 2013

As you can tell from the fact that my 2013 resolutions are still hanging on my wall, I don't necessarily apply these encouragements to my everyday life, but I think that's why I have them displayed there. I want them to apply to my everyday life. If you think about it too much, it might start to sound gushy and therapeutic, so I think this may be a good time to stop analyzing it.

I really didn't plan on being able to get a full post out of this topic, but I did, so I guess I'll post it. I tend to write a lot of these somewhat, I guess you could call insightful (?) posts out, but I never post them because I could never get a coherent thought across. And I am aware that I am the least insightful person out there, so I hope this post didn't offend you.

If any of you have read this much, I'd like to read some of your favorite quotes. Feel free to comment below and I might just have to add some of your quotes to my wall.

xo, Sarah Holt

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  1. I'm a big fan of encouragements myself. They can be uplifting, I find.

    Have you read 'You before me'n because two years ago I was certain that I would never find another book in my life that was equally as good as 'fault in our stars' but then I felt in love with this book.
    If you haven't, I would highly suggest it!

    Lovely blog post! :)


    1. Thanks for the recommendation!!! I've just run out of books to read and I'm currently looking for more... I might just pick this one up :-)