A principle is usually wisdom, someone discovered in their own life and realizes it might help others as well. There are so many great, timeless quotes that have indeed changed the lives of many people, mine included. It started when I was a child “treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated” and “look people in the eye” were sentenced I heard often when I was growing up and they were good principles to start with. But it was only the beginning.
We start as children, become teenagers then adults. Life is a rollercoaster, up and downs, happiness and laughter, grief and tears. A mix of human emotions should ask for a mix of principles to live by. The inspiring words of wisdom change over time, as we grow and adjust to the curveballs in life.
Steve Jobs once said:
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“Don’t be trapped in a dogma” I like that a lot.
If you ever come to our house, you will notice a lot of printed quotes and pictures all over the place. On my desk, in the kitchen, even in our bedroom and guest bathroom. Maybe they aren’t so much principles and more daily reminders to give our best. Or maybe I am just a quote-hoarder?
“Strive for excellence not perfection”
“Life your life as an exclamation, not an explanation”
“Let your actions speak louder than your words”
“Happiness is an attitude”
and there is one more, it might be my favorite:
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.”