At a loss for words

Published 6:53 pm Saturday, February 18, 2012

I have found it quite hard to express myself this week, to friends, colleagues and family members. The words that usually flow so effortlessly from my brain are tripping, stumbling and falling all over one another. I am not sure I have had one complete coherent thought this week.

I’d like to think my allergies have gotten the better of me and they are messing with my processing and communication skills, or I need a vacation, or I am having a mid-life moment ‘cause I am too young to be having a senior moment.

Whatever the case may be, I have been struggling.

As a result of my synapses not firing on a regular basis, I have decided to share a bunch of my favorite quotes with you. I am going to let someone else’s words do the work for me this week. Here are a few of my favorites:

Today I will be happier than a bird with a French fry. — Author Unknown

Be who you are and say what you want because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. — Dr. Seuss.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. — Albert Einstein

Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end. — Author Unknown

Remember you are not managing an inconvenience, you are raising a human being. — Kittie Franz

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. — Herm Albright

I saw that. — God.

Please excuse the mess; the children are making memories. — Author Unknown

I am not yelling. I am being emphatic! — my grandfather

Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. — Ernest Hemingway

Sometimes you have to do what you don’t like to do to get to where you need to be. — Tori Amos

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. — Helen Keller

No one can change a person but someone can be a reason for a person to change. — Sponge Bob Square Pants

Be very careful what you put into that head because you will never, ever get it out.  — Thomas Cardinal Wolsey

A picture is worth a thousand words. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Pray and let God worry. — Martin Luther

I could go on and on with these. I have been collecting little sayings and quotes my whole life. I even have a whole series of notebooks filled with these “ism’s” as I like to call them. My intention was to put them to good use one day: wallpaper a bathroom with them, write them on sticky notes and leave them randomly everywhere I go, or send them in notes and emails to everyone in my address book.

But, seeing as all of that would take more energy than I care to expend, I’ve shared them here with you. I hope you enjoy them. Now I think I had better get some allergy medicine.

A Yankee with a Southern soul, Gillian Pollock is a wife, mother of two ever-challenging children and director of Christian Formation at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Washington.