"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ten of life's most important words


My parents gave me this ring at Christmas, and it’s quickly become a permanent fixture on my hand.

I love that – from a distance – it looks like a simple silver band. However, when you look closely, there are ten words inscribed that serve as a gentle reminder of the important things in life:

Soul “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde

“You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis

Wish “To a resolute mind, wishing to do is the first step toward doing. But if we do not wish to do a thing it becomes impossible.” Robert Southey

Faith “Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.” – Kahil Gibran

“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” – Author Unknown

Spirit “Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

ImagineImagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein

"Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” – Paul J. Meyer

Dream “You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'” – George Bernard Shaw

Peace “Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.” – Robert Fulghum

Hope “In all things it is better to hope than to despair” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love “And in the end, The love you take is equal to the love you make.” – The Beatles

15 comments:

Megan said...

I love it! What a great gift.

scarlethue said...

I think those last three are the most important. Beautiful gift!

Diane said...

Oh, Heather, I LOVE this!!!! Can you find out where they got it?

kys said...

Beautiful ring. I really love it.

The Singlutionary said...

this is way better than a big fat diamond!

Anonymous said...

So glad that you like the ring, just goes to show that something doesn't have to be expensive to have value...on a whole different matter - today, Elvis would have been 75!!!!...oh, and can I get a ROLL TIDE????? :)

M

septembermom said...

All of these quotes are terrific! What a beautiful gift to treasure always. Many of these quotes will stick with me for a while. Thanks Heather! Hope all is well.

Judge Fudge said...

That's a cool ring. It's amazing how they can get all that text on a small ring like that!

Fruitcake said...

What an awesome gift. I have a necklace that my husband gave me that is on one hand completely different, but is similar in concept. I love it!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

fan-flippin-tastic. Everyone should have one of those rings.

Lacey said...

I love this ring sooo much. Where did they get it?!?! And the quotes you picked out are perfect. ;-)

Jenners said...

What a cool gift. This is something that just isn't pretty but meaningful and inspiring. What more could you want?

pmartin3z said...

That is such an awesome gift! I would wear it all the time also! Very encouraging! :)

Constantin said...

Wow! Where could I get something like this for my girlfriend ...?

Lotty said...

Thats a real cool gift. I love your writing, it's from the heart. well-done on the blog its truely great.