My Monday Message – 16/07/18

Welcome to another of my Monday Message posts! Our quote for this week comes from what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest books that has ever been written, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.  –  J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

My Monday Message 3I have always adored this quote, and not only because it comes at the end of such a wonderful book. Albus Dumbledore says these words in front of the entirety of Hogwarts school as he announces that Neville Longbottom has won the house cup for Gryffindor. It’s a moment where the underdog truly succeeds and is incredibly uplifting.

Yet these words promote a positive message, too. It may often seem all too easy to follow the crowds; after all, if no one else gives money to the homeless man on the corner, then why should you? This quote suggests that this way of thinking is completely wrong. We should do what’s right, regardless of what everyone else is doing. So, that’s my message for the week: do the right thing, even if you’re the only one doing it.


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My Monday Message – 09/07/18

Welcome to another of my Monday Message posts! Our quote for this week comes from a book that I am currently reading (not for the first time): Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul”  –  Bram Stoker, “Dracula”.

My Monday Message 3When looking for a motivational quote, most people wouldn’t turn to Dracula. It’s a gothic text and, as a result of this, it’s pretty gruesome. Nevertheless, there are some really beautiful quotes in this book, some of which I really admire. This particular quote appears very early on, when Jonathan Harker first begins to suspect that the mysterious Count Dracula may not be quite… normal.

This isn’t exactly a positive moment in Dracula, but I really love this quote, so I’ve decided to turn it into a source of motivation. So, here’s my message for the week: stop thinking that everything has to be black and white! Harker can’t understand what is happening around him, and although that terrifies him, it also seems to excite him. The unknown can be terrifying, but it can also be wonderful. When we “think strange things”, we’re allowing our imagination to take over, and our imagination is everything – especially if you’re a writer! So, that’s my message for the week: remember that it’s okay to not know everything. Embrace the unknown, and relax.

321 Quote Me Challenge

I need to thank the very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian for nominating me for another quote challenge! Please do check out his blog – he’s one of my favourite bloggers and posts some wonderful content.

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What is it?

The 321 Quote Me challenge was created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip. The idea is that you post a couple of quotes inspired by a given theme.

Rules:

  1. Thank whoever nominated you.
  2. Post two quotes inspired by your given theme.
  3. Select three bloggers to take part in the 321 Quote Me challenge.

The chosen theme for these quotes is an interesting one. It is

Tomorrow!

My Quotes:

My first quote comes from the French writer and feminist, Simone de Beauviour. It’s not specifically about the word “tomorrow”, but it is about the future, and is pretty inspirational:

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
–  Simone de Beauvoir.

My next quote is a little more famous but, again, is one that I consider to be very inspirational:

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning  –  Albert Einstein.

My Nominees:

  1. Pensivity101.
  2. Sync with Deep.
  3. The Haunted Wordsmith.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!

My Monday Message – 25/06/18

Welcome to another of my Monday Message posts! Our quote for this week is one that I believe to be particularly relevant in our current Information Era. It comes from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them.”  –  Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

My Monday Message 3What with search engines, social media and cookies tracking our every online word, we don’t really know the meaning of privacy anymore. Back in the Victorian period, Wilde’s characters had a lot less to worry about, but Lord Henry, a notably pessimistic character, had this rather unusual moral principle. He believed that a part of a person’s identity was contained in their name, and so refused to share it with others.

I’m not suggesting that we adopt this principle, as it does seem a little over the top, but it does make sense that, although we are constantly revealing information about ourselves, it would be wrong to reveal information about others. So, that’s my message for the week: be aware of what you’re revealing online. If there’s a chance that what you’re saying could implicate anyone other than yourself, think about it! Privacy is hard to come by at the moment, so it’s important to respect the little that remains.

Three-Day Quote Challenge (Lyric Style) #3

Over the past few days, I have been taking part in this adapted version of the three-day quote challenge! Thank you very much to Tales from the Mind of Kristian for my nomination; it has been a delight.

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote (song lyric) each day for three days.
  3. Nominate three people.

My Lyric:

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
Or is it something worse”
– “The River” by Bruce Springsteen.

This is a bit of an ominous lyric to end the challenge with, but I like how thought-provoking it is. Dreams are abstract things like love; enchanting, but difficult to describe, which is perhaps why this lyric is so fascinating. Here’s a link to the song:

My Nominees:

  1. Melody Chen.
  2. Fingers to Sky.
  3. Searching for my Inner Zen.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!

Three-Day Quote Challenge (Lyric Style) #2

Earlier in the week, I was nominated by the very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian for this adapted version of the three-day quote challenge. Please do check out Kristian’s blog; he posts some lovely stories!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote (song lyric) each day for three days.
  3. Nominate three people.

My Lyric:

“Thinking your mind
was my own in a dream
What would you wonder
and how would it seem?”
– “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” by Neil Young.

There’s something really special about these lines as we are made to consider the power, as well as the beauty, of the human mind. There are, of course, pretty thought-provoking lyrics throughout this song, but these few are my favourites. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a full-length version of the song (there’s quite a long intro):

My Nominees:

  1. Life isn’t Hard.
  2. The Sound of One Hand Typing.
  3. Curious Hart.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!

Three-Day Quote Challenge (Lyric Style) #1

The very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian has nominated me for this interesting challenge. It is essentially the same as the ordinary three-day quote challenge, where nominees post a quote for three consecutive days, yet it requires song lyrics.

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote (song lyric) each day for three days.
  3. Nominate three people.

My Lyric: 

“And there’s something about the city today
Like all the colours conspire to overwhelm the grey
And this close to the fire I can feel no cold
But a rainbow halo around my soul”
– “The Day I Died” by Just Jack.

Much like poetry, music can be good or bad; equally, it can have a lot of meaning, or not very much. My music taste is pretty varied, and I like a lot of songs for their tunes rather than their lyrics, but for this challenge, I have chosen songs with lyrics that really make me think. “The Day I Died” is a fantastic song; depending on my mood at the time, it can either seem full of melancholy or can be extremely uplifting.

I chose these particular lyrics because I have always loved the idea of the “colours conspir[ing] to overwhelm the grey”. There’s a lot of meaning here, but it can only really be understood by listening to the full song:

My Nominees:

  1. Tokens of Expression.
  2. Ladyleemanila.
  3. Patricia’s Place.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!