Last night while watching Holly's World, a show on E!, one of the characters, Josh Strickland, a Broadway star, decided to start therapy to manage his panic attacks. In the Dr.'s office there was a sign with this quote on it and it got my mind spinning. I'm the type of person who is scared of regret, always have been, and I hate it. I can't tell you how many times I haven't tried something just because I thought I wouldn't be good or it wouldn't work out. Seeing this, made me think about how different my life could be if I was more confident with my decision making. If I knew I wouldn't fail, what would I have done? If you knew you wouldn't fail, what would you do?
I think this will be a quote that I will always keep in the back of my mind every time I get scared to try something new.
“a true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. but to live with a soul mate forever? nah. too painful. soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. a soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, and make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”
"As you amble through life, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole" -writing on a sign in a coffee shop in NY.
Last night I was doing some reading for a class I'm taking, Commercial Theatrical Producing. The book is titled The Commercial Theatrical Institute: Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals and is edited by Frederic B. Vogel and Ben Hodges, two well known men in the theater world that specialize in producing. In the introduction, Mr. Vogel write a few words on investing an raising capital and ends with a little writing on the wall. He talks about how when he first began as a commercial producer, he stayed in the money raising business and would always try to remember a little saying he saw on the wall in a coffee shop he visited quite frequently. Whether you're a commercial producer of Off-Broadway or Broadway shows, or just a student trying to graduate from college, you too should think of this quote. When you find yourself focusing on the hole, or the minor details, remember the doughnut and try to see the big picture.
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes" -Charles R. Swindoll
I found this quote when scrolling through lovers in vain and it hit home pretty well. Unfortunately I think I can have a bad attitude when it comes to certain situations and I've been trying to work on it. When you're stressed about school or work or relationships etc., try and keep a positive outlook. Sometimes it just makes dealing a lot easier.