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Helpful advice I've been given...

Advice can be given from people from all walks of life. You don't need to find popular quotes online or look to celebrities or famous people for inspiration. Some of my most memorable sayings have come from family, friends, colleagues, teachers, and random people over the years. The below are some of my favorites.

1) "We're all disabled."

A classmate of mine told me this sophomore year, and it held just as true for me then as it does now. Just as we are all able bodied, we are all disabled in certain ways - we all have faults. We all sin. We all aren't at our best every day. And that's okay. It led me to write a poem from what she said, and it put people in perspective. It really humbled me.

2) "Just as a football team doesn't only play on Sunday, we must not only go to church on Sunday, but practice being Christians every day of the week."

A former pastor of mine said this in one of his sermons years ago, and it stuck with me. I. thought that it was a good analogy. If a team doesn't practice, it will be a pretty lousy team. If we don't practice being Christians, we are pretty lousy Christians.

3) "Relax, you can build it again."

I used to get so mad as a kid if my blocks fell over, and I felt so defeated that the tower I built came crashing down. But my mom told me in a gentle voice the quote above. She added by saying something like, "I can't wait to see what you build next." That saying taught me patient and perseverance.

4) You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose.

This is just a silly saying that really doesn't mean anything, but it makes me laugh. A friend told me this, and it makes me laugh when I need to lighten the mood. After all, laughter is important medicine.

5) Are you more on or are you more off?

A baseball coach used to say this, and it reminds me of something that Yogi Berra would say. It's simple, but humorous, but it does deliver a message that makes you think of the positivity in life. You can choose to look at the glass half empty or half full. It also says, don't be a moron.

6) You can't fix crap in Photoshop.

This is a journalism saying that my former newspaper advisor used to say that I pass on to my journalism students. This is sort of like saying, "Measure twice, cut once." If a photo is not strong the first time out, it's hard to make it look strong in a photo editing program. So, you need to get it right the first time.

7) If you have confidence, you can do anything.

A coworker of mine told me this, and he is one of the most confident people I know. It's a very true statement. You have to believe in yourself and you can go far.

I can't remember any others at this time, but I have one that I like to live by, and that's "Are you dying to live or are you living to die? And that just keeps me in check that life is worth living and that what's really important is each day that we are blessed with. I hope these quotes have given you something to think about as you go throughout your day. Be well, be safe, and stay positive.

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