I’ve spent much of the last couple of days looking at wonderful quotes about life and leadership, in preparation for a board retreat and a speech I need to give next week. I’ve really come upon some memorable quotes, and it’s reminded me of the power of the written and spoken word. It can serve as inspiration, education or elucidation. It can soothe or incite.
There’s really nothing more powerful. Not guns or knives or bombs.
As difficult as it’s been to find just the right words for the projects I was researching, it was still useful to me as a human being to go through the hundreds and hundreds of quotes. And I saved a lot of them for future reference.
I decided I should use one at least every time I write in this journal.
Here’s the one for today. It’s from Winston Churchill, who always had a dry wit in even his most profound saying. He said, "Success in life consists of going from one mistake to the next without losing enthusiasm."
I love it.
Face it. We’re going to screw up. It’s inevitable. But if you can retain your positive spirit, that’s what it’s all about.
Thanks for that, Mr. Churchill. I’m using it in my speech next week.
So, my work life has completely changed in the past month. "Acting Executive Director." That’s me. No, that’s not the title I’m using. That’s me, pretending, acting like the executive director.
I read one quote today about being careful about pretending, because you are what you pretend to be. And I guess I am, at the current time, the executive director. But I’d certainly never aspire to be one permanently. That’s for sure. I’m not willing to change that much, to be the public persona I’d need to be. I still intend to go to pop concerts, listen to Eminem in my car (I nearly gave our board president a stroke last week when I gave him a ride back to the office), go to the nude beach, dress as Britney Spears on Halloween, spend too much time in Vegas, flirt with the cute men on the board, write fanfic and support a slash website and do all the other things I love doing. I am not going to wear hosiery, as long as my legs look tanned. I am not going to get rid of my red leather boots or my low-rider jeans.
And I’m very happy in the job I have. It’s wonderfully satisfying, with just enough responsibility and influence and plenty of meat.
After all, I’m a protein person. I need the meat. Somebody else can have the gravy.
Thanks to all my wonderful friends who have been so supportive during the past few weeks. Thanks, especially to Nik nk_seashore
, who always has my back. I love you. Thanks to Kit alex_and_kit
, who has offered great advice about working with a board. Thanks to Kevin and Kris kevinr kris_royal
, who even when things are tough for them, keep Charlie and me in their prayers. Thanks, of course, to Joey fatjoey
, who is my little brother and one of my best friends. His humor is so important to me. And, of course, thanks to Charlie charliemc
for her unconditional love and support.
And on our board and around the office, I’ve also experienced tremendous support and respect. It’s really been uplifting.
Still, when I screw up (which I inevitably will), I’ll remember what Winston Churchill said. Or at least I'll try!