Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Something to Think About

My sister sent me some new notebooks for my birthday. (Thanks, Lindsay!) She put inspiring quotes inside the front cover. Here's one:

Creation is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Start small. Don't let fear of failure discourage you. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you--whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Nice, huh? If one were turning, say, 39, today and one wondered if it maybe it was just too late to make one's dreams come true, one might be really encouraged by that quote, especially, "don't let fear of failure discourage you," and, "don't let the voice of critics paralyze you."

And don't forget this one (it's over there on the sidebar):

God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But, He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe.
- Jeffrey R. Holland


 So, go ahead. Create. Believe. Here's a toast to dreams coming true, no matter how long it takes!

Pretend that's sparkling cider in there!

28 comments:

Linz said...

Cheers!!

And Happy Birthday, Sis! :)

Christine Fonseca said...

Love love love this post!

tiffany said...

thanks for this post happy happy birthday big sis

ali said...

So, um. It's your BIRTHDAY today??!!!

Girl, you can't let a big thing like that just slip past us! We need to make a big deal of it! Throw you a virtual party with all the extras!

*streamers!*
*music!*
*confetti!*
*PRESENTS*
*and lots and lots of friends who LOVE you!*

Happy, Happy birthday Angie. I hope this year is filled with happiness and love and dreams come true! ♥

Taffy said...

I love the both quotes, thanks for sharing them today.

AND!

HAPPY HAPPY birthday from all of us to you! We wish it were our birthday so we could party too!

Milo James Fowler said...

¡Feliz cumpleaƱos!

I might have to get that first quote tattooed on the back of my hand or something; great stuff.

Hope you have a chance to read my story "Mo" (submitted to Mindflights back in July). Thanks for reading and commenting on my 12-year-old fiction. =]

Shallee said...

Happy birthday, Angie! And I'll join in a birthday toast to dreams coming true every time. :)

Jan Markley said...

Happy Birthday! 39 too old!? Oh, please, I'm way older than you and I'm going for all my dreams!

T. Anne said...

Happy Birthday Angie!!!!!!! I'm right behind you tomorrow! What a great sister you have to give you such a precious gift of inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Angie said...

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the birthday wishes. Glad you like the quotes. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

lotusgirl said...

Happy B'day. Love the quotes. I'm going to have to copy those. Thanks.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday!!!

39 isn't too old. My grandparents made one of their dreams come true ten years ago when they were 65. They cycled across Canada. You are NEVER to old.

Those are some inspirational quotes. Thanks.


How did you know I love sparkling cider?

Aubrie said...

Happy Birthday, Angie! 39 still give you many many long years to write!! What a great sister to give you not only notebooks but also inspiration.

My sister bought me books on writing for my birthday. :)

LTM said...

hey, happy birthday, girl! What wonderful inspiration. I have always found this one to be true: "The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create." I never knew anyone said it out loud~ :D

Kate said...

I'll drink to dreams coming true - because every so often they do.

As they say where I come from - Sleinte :-) And Happy Birthday.

Manzanita said...

Angie,
Birthday Wishes! That toast looks good enough to drink. We can find our dreams at any age.

MT said...

I love sparkling cider. :)

Excelent quotes, Angie. Happy BDay!

Melanie Goldmund said...

Hope you had a great birthday, and what a wonderful sister to give you such an inspiring gift!

Wicked-Sassy said...

So. True. I love Uchtdorf. Thanks for the quote!

Nichole Giles said...

Happy birthday Angie! And I'm with Ali. Let's have a virtual party. Congrats and good luck with your dreams becoming reality.

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy birthday.

There's something about notebooks, and to have inspirational quotes in them is a plus.

Christina Lee said...

Awww happy happy! *psst* you can make your dreams come true in your forties too! *cough, cough*

WindyA said...

Happy (belated) birthday! Notebooks are one of the best gifts! And so awesome of her to personalize it for you :)

Julie Dao said...

Happy belated birthday! It was my birthday last week, so yay for Virgos. What a sweet sister you have. I would love notebooks with encouraging quotes!

Angie said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, you guys. You rock!

Mohamed Mughal said...

If one were turning 39, they'd be only one year away from that beautiful second adolesence that begins at 40 :)

Happy b-day!

The Ernsts said...

God loves dreamers! love that quote above

Angie said...

Hi Ernsts. Thanks for coming by my blog! I love that quote too.