“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.”
I absolutely LOVE words, and I’m assuming that is clear to everyone by now. First off, I blog. If you don’t like words, writing, thinking faster than you can type, and over-sharing, blogging is probably not for you, but in my case, it fits my personality perfectly.
I collect quotes and quotation books and have collected them since I was in high school. I have this book, “Success One Day at a Time” by John C. Maxwell, that I bought myself in 2001 (I graduated high school in 2002) and I still refer to it today.
Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at- something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.”
“Success is like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired- you quit when the gorilla is tired.”
Man, I miss some of my early 20’s optimism! Don’t you?
Finally, I think I’m a bit unique in this regard, but I love words more than music. Many people’s souls are fed by a powerful tune or a sweet melody, but that’s never been me. I don’t own an MP3 player, I don’t even have music stored on laptop, and I don’t listen to music while I work on DH! Sometimes I fire up Pandora but for the most part I prefer silence.
When I fell in love with the theatre (many many moons ago) I fell in love with text and character relationships. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than working on classical or Shakespearean plays rich in text. while The Mother would prefer me to perform in high-energy musicals. #beentheredonethat #terribledancer
Words are so intense and can carry so much power! Think of the important phrases you’ve heard in your lifetime. Do you have memories tied to these or are you more visual and can pictures faces but not words?
“Please forgive me.”
“Congratulations, I am so proud of you.”
“Will you marry me?”
“We’d like to offer you a job.”
“It’s a boy!”
“Meet your little girl.”
“I love you.”
Words are vehicles and I love going along for the ride! Which brings me to the natural conclusion that when I go into labor I want to be talked to and consoled through words more than anything. I want to hear phrases that keep me positive. Sure, massage feels good but have you ever gotten to the point where you’re so sick or in so much pain that you don’t want anyone to touch you? I can definitely imagine labor getting to that point.
When I was making my birth wish list, I added a page of words I’d like to hear during labor, phrases that will make me feel less afraid, and things will that will help me relax. It’s just for The Scottish, his own personal cheat sheet in case he’s too exhausted or overwhelmed to think of anything to say. Since he’s not a words person he told me he really appreciates having the list to refer to just in case.
Please don’t laugh or critique them! I’m basing all of this on my classes and oh yea, the fact that I’ve never given birth before, so I might need a totally different type of support once in labor. But this is what I came up with:
You’re doing so great! I’m so proud of you!
You’re so relaxed./Your body is really relaxed.
Stephanie, I promise you can do this. I believe in you.
This time tomorrow you’ll have a baby in your arms.
You’re so close now, almost time to push, you’re almost there!
Every contraction has a purpose
I’m so impressed with how you are doing.
I’m right here and I’m not going anywhere.
Trust your body, it is smart. Your body knows what it’s doing.
You’re going to be an amazing mother.
This will all be worth it and it won’t last forever.
I love you. You get to meet your son soon!
I feel so refreshed and pumped for labor even just typing them out! Ahh, the power of positive words!! Remember my mantra for this year?
Well it’s not going to work for me during labor, I can already tell it is not specific enough. Maybe I will create another one. Something simple like, I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. Or something like a reminder to myself, Stay low, breathe, relax. Stay low, breathe, relax. (The stay low part refers to making vocal sounds.)
(At my old Drama Happens blog I closed every post with a quotation. I think it’s only fitting to close this post with a few more.)
“I’ve had my trials and troubles. The Lord has given me both vinegar and honey, but (s)he has given me the vinegar with a teaspoon and the honey with a ladle.”
-Attributed to William Bray
“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.”
“Someone has written that love makes people believe in immortality, because there seems not to be room enough in life for so great a tenderness.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson
“I think it would help if every now and then I let the child that shines within me live in harmony with the adult I’m required to be.”
Anyone else a words person like me? What do you love, what makes you pumped up, what inspires you to be successful? Do share!