This week’s been wacky. I’ve been tired and, frankly, have been suffering a major case of writer’s block.
I’m starting to run out of anecdotes that make my otherwise mundane life seem more exciting than it really is.
OK, I lied, I have one.
As background, I’ve been trying to find ways to focus at work while staying relaxed and, to be honest, my prior method of chugging five large cups of coffee a day was thwarting my ability to fall asleep in the evenings. I was in St. Augustine over Martin Luther King weekend visiting family and came across an adorable spa/health/holistic shop called Sphere that sells essential oils.
(Disclaimer: I don’t sell oils and am not making any type of commission from this story, so bear with me here.)
(Another disclaimer: I don’t consider myself to be an eccentric hippie. I just like to sniff the oil and keep-a-moving.)
I purchased an oil appropriately called “Clarity” and brought to work with me, where I occasionally sniff it throughout the day.
Because I want clarity, goshdarnit.
So it’s Monday afternoon (how appropriate) and I return to my desk after a trip to the kitchen. I sit down, grab the bottle of essential oil, open it, move it up to my nose, take a looooooooooong, dramatic inhale, then an equally loooooooooooong, dramatic exhale, and peacefully open my eyes.
My boss is standing at the corner of my desk staring at me, confused and disgusted.
I was mortified.
I was too busy seeking clarity to hear him walk in.
Boss: What are you doing?
Me (humiliated): Just smelling an essential oil, care for a whiff?
Boss, shaking head: No.
He walked out of the office without saying another word.
Why can’t he walk into my office when I’m busy burning the midnight oil? Or while I’m laying down the law (pun intended) during a telephone conversation with opposing counsel?
And so here I am, a couple days later, seeking inspiration on the internet, in my old journals, and from my friends.
I think everyone has their favorite sayings or mantras that keep them inspired during life’s uninspiring moments.
Sure, it’s easy to feel inspired when you accomplish something huge.
Running a marathon.
Making a big deal at work.
Keeping the kids alive all day.
What about all the in-between, less than exciting moments?
Here are some of my favorite quotes to help me feel inspired when being inspired seems impossible.
What are your favorite inspirational quotes to get you through the stinky times?