“There comes a time in all of our lives when it’s time to take stock of what was, what is, and what can be. Don’t hold on to stuff that prevents you from becoming who you can be.” Maria Shriver
Last year I downloaded an e-copy of Maria Shriver’s book, “I’ve Been Thinking,” on my Kindle, but ended up acquiring a hard copy, too. It’s my kind of book filled with reflections, prayers, meditations – and lots of inspirational quotes. (Faithful readers of Roses in the Rubble know that Virginia likes quotes, and shares them often!)
If you’re at a place of transition in your life, or just keeping on keeping on, this book has nuggets of wisdom and inspiration for everyone. It’s a book you can pick up and savor a few pages at a time. Each meditation begins with a quote, followed by a short personal reflection, and ends with a prayer.
“You never know how your story might inspire another. Share what you wish, save some just for you, and always remember to keep adding new chapters as you go along.” Maria Shriver
Pulling this book out again this week, Maria Shriver’s words and stories continue to inspire me (must confess when I read it last year, most of the quotes she shared went straight in my journal!)
This quote in particular has been a mantra this week:
“Don’t be afraid to be afraid. Courageous people are often afraid. In fact, that’s why they need courage in the first place! Have the courage to go beyond your fears. Have the courage to go beyond other’s rules and expectations.
Have the courage to go beyond shoulda-coulda-woulda.” Maria Shriver
Thought sharing it today might encourage you, me, everybody – to have a bit more courage. Even if we’re afraid of being afraid, we can let God’s love (for us, in us, around us) help us swallow our fears and strengthen our courage grooves.
To stand tall and grow beyond our fears.
Virginia : )
p.s. I’ve also given many graduates and friends Maria Shriver’s “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known – Before I Went Out into the Real World,” a collection of life lessons she shared at a college commencement address I found completely relevant many (many) years after my graduation!