It occurred to me today that the inspirational quotes on my bulletin board may, in fact, be crossing the line from "eclectic" into "borderline personality disorder." In addition to the other detritus up there (photos, "grow-a-gruesome severed limb," souvenirs...), these are the quotes that have found their way into the inspirational-enough-that-they-make-the-board category:
"The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Albert Camus
"Spiritual work is not easy. It means the willingness to surrender feelings that seem, while we're in them, like our defense against a greater pain. It means we surrender to God our perceptions of all things." Marianne Williamson
"So many deeds cry out to be done,
And always urgently,
The world rolls on,
Ten thousand years are too long.
Seize the day, seize the hour!
The Four Seas are rising, clouds and waters raging.
The Five Continents are rocking, wind and thunder roaring.
Away with all pests!
Our force is irresistible." Mao Tse-tung
"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has--or ever will have--something inside us that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression." Mister Rogers
It just struck me today that Camus, Marianne Williamson, Mao, and Mister Rogers were a really bizarre combination of folks to be overlooking my desk every day. For whatever that's worth.