I admit it, I love a good quote.
The ones that make you think, go “Hell Yes”, and make your day a little brighter.
Every day I log in to Facebook for a little inspiration. After some “hiding” of status updates from people that are typically judgmental or negative, my news feed is filled with positive sentiment and people doing good in the world (and making money for it).
But Facebook, Pinterest, and every other social media outlet are home to often re-tweeted and misquoted texts. They’re everywhere!
From my own experience, if I’ve been sharing a lot of quotes around a particular subject, it’s because they speak to me where I am at a particular point in my life. I needed them, essentially, to make me feel better because someone else said something that either justified how I was feeling or helped me get out of what I was feeling.
I have gotten more and more conscious of what I do share by questioning whether or not I could say, if someone asked me, that I was doing my best to live in the way that the quote implies.
We all know that person or people who share quote after quote of inspiration and right-doing but maybe aren’t living as the best friend, family member, or person as they display on social media.
They are likely sharing from that place of wanting to be, which is a huge start – and the world interprets it as they already are (which is probably exactly what they wanted). I am striving to be an example of what I share, and I find that the social aspect of sharing these thoughts holds me accountable.
But being a thought leader means sharing your own thoughts, not re-worded quotes from someone else. We spend so much time reading other people’s takes on things, yet the things I relate to the most are new perspectives.
I challenge you to tap in to your own stance and opinion and build your own quotes. Nobody can experience life from your vantage point and all of the past ways of being are just that – past.