Saturday, January 03, 2009

Curious about Being Remarkable – Here Is to a Year that Will Be Remarkable, Along With Our Being Remarkable as People and Businesses

Definition of Remarkable: Worthy of being remarked or noticed; noticeable; conspicuous; hence, uncommon; extraordinary.

I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.” - Julia Cameron, American author

I have decided that my Theme for 2009 will be “Remarkable.” I am planning remarkable goals, will be known for my remarkable accomplishments, will establish many remarkable relationships, and learn a remarkable amount of knowledge and wisdom. It will be my most remarkable year to date.

The coach, Maria Marsala, turned me on by sharing her great idea that rather than making resolutions that are soon forgotten, we should pick a Yearly Theme. In her words, “Themes can make your year fun and focused. They're much easier to create or use and they last much longer than a list of resolutions.” You will find Maria’s brilliant article by clicking Here.

I love the word “remarkable” and feel that it will stretch me in a fun way and a successful direction. And, you may definitely use the idea of having a theme for the year, and, if you wish you can use “remarkable" too!

When I started to search the quotations, I found a good number. However, they vary a great deal in focus and meaning. Let’s get started.
  • Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” - Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright
  • The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas.” - Edvard Munch, Norwegian artist
  • Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” - Douglas Adams, English writer
  • The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.” - Charles R. Swindoll, American clergyman
  • While many of us never knew Ronald Reagan personally, we felt close to him because we shared his lighthearted sense of humor, admired his uncommon virtue, and were moved by his remarkable wisdom.” - Randy Forbes, American politician
  • Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.” - Aldous Huxley, English novelist

And, then there are some with a completely different approach and focus:

  • The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” - Calvin Trillin, American journalist
  • The British have a remarkable talent for keeping calm, even when there is no crisis.” - Franklin P. Jones, American businessman
  • Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, American writer
  • It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.” - Eric Hoffer, American writer
  • His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.” - Arthur Conan Doyle, English writer
  • Through persistent dedication, Susan B. Anthony, and other remarkable leaders, women were finally granted the right to vote in 1920.” - Louise Slaughter, American politician

I’ll end with one that begs for our consideration:

The remarkable position in which we find ourselves is that we don't actually know what we actually know.” - Bill Bryson, American writer

Have you decided to pick a theme for 2009? If you have, please share it with us. And do have a wonderful and remarkable year. I know that I plan to.