{Inspire} In her words

As I mentioned last week, I am overflowing with a collection of beloved quotes.  Here are a few more of my favourites:

“Nothing about my life is lucky.  Nothing.  A lot of grace, a lot of blessings, a lot of divine order, but I don’t believe in luck.  For me, luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.  There is no luck without you being prepared to handle that moment of opportunity.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come.” – Oprah

I don’t care how naff it is, the truth is I love Oprah.  When I was a teenager it was one of my life goals to sit in an Oprah audience (preferably one where she did one of her HUGE giveaways (yes, I am that materialistic!)).  I think she really does have some ‘lightbulb moments’ and I really like the way she invites us to take ownership of our own destinies in this particular quote.

 “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

This quote was via this great workbook.  I have days where I feel like this… like I am on the cusp of something significant, and I can’t bear to keep it within me any longer.  Do you have moments like that?

Image by Carrie Hartman of UUPP (found via Papernstitch)

Carrie created this print because of her favourite saint, Saint Therese of Lisieux.  You can find out a bit more by clicking through the link.  I just love this piece of art, because I place a great deal of value on the ‘little things’.  I think it is a sweet little motto to go by.

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”  – Louisa May Alcott

Always striving.  Found via The Bright Side Project.

“… my friends have made the story of my life.” – Helen Keller

It is one of my oldest and dearest friend’s birthday today.  She and I have known each other since we were seven.  She is kind and thoughtful and is the best story-teller I have ever met.  She is an adventurer and an experimenter and I admire her immensely – probably more than she will ever know. Birthdays always make me reflect on how much a particular person means to me.  Today, I am grateful to have Phoebe as part of the story of my life.

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8 Responses to “{Inspire} In her words”

  1. July 28, 2011 at 7:50 am, Ihilani said:

    I love the quote “Do small things with great love.” To me, that captures what motherhood is all about. No one really sees the work that we do in our homes. They seem small and mundane but when it’s done with love, our children will remember it and look back on their childhood fondly and never question their mothers’ love for them.


    • July 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm, Hana said:

      Oh Ihilani, what a lovely way of looking at this. I have been feeling a little lost in my Mama-hood lately (mostly because of lack of sleep – Miss Belle is still not sleeping through the night, which is making me more grumpy and impatient than I want to be) but when you put it that way, it makes it all seem worth it! Thanks so much for sharing your insight. H xo


  2. July 30, 2011 at 8:45 am, Victoria said:

    Lovely quotes, I’d love to have written on my wall, “Do small things with great love”.


    • July 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm, Hana said:

      Oh yes, I think it would be a great motto to have! H xo


  3. July 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm, Phoebe said:

    Awww shucks! And right back at you :)


    • August 01, 2011 at 12:12 am, Hana said:

      Mmmm… warm fuzzies all round. H xo


  4. August 01, 2011 at 3:18 am, Carrie Hartman said:

    Hana, so nice to ‘meet’ you! Thank you so much for posting the art print I created. What a lovely blog you have. I did connect to the “Do Small Things With Great Love” statement so much as a mother. Just as ihilani commented. Thinking of this saying on those difficult hectic “mom days”, helps me get through the demands and remember that all I do should reflect my love for those around me. Knowing that I will not always be recognized and thanked for all of the little things I do, is something I have grown to accept the longer I have been a mom (now of 2 teen daughters and an energetic 3 year old son) . It doesn’t mean the acts are not appreciated. A quiet patient presence full of love and service is what I want my children and family to remember. I think God gave moms very special hearts so they can always endure each day.

    Again so glad my art print brought some peace in your heart.
    Love and Peace,


    • August 02, 2011 at 10:46 am, Hana said:

      Thanks so much Carrie! And thank you for sharing a little more of the motivation behind your print.

      What I love about your print too is that, although your words are particularly poignant for Mamas, I think those words speak far beyond the role of ‘Mama’.

      … I would like to think that in each arena of my life all those small things that I do come from a place of love and good intentions. To me “Do small things with great love” is a reminder to be intentional and present in my actions. H xo


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