My sketchbook is filled with quotes from books, inspirational people, and song lyrics. It’s a way for me to look back and remind myself how blessed I am to be living this life of adventure. There are many that speak to me each day, like the following:
You can’t give up if you want to keep what you love.
– Rise, by Skillet
One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.
– Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
If you want to go fast; go alone
If you want to go far; go together
– African Proverb
It reminds me of all those times when we see inspirational quotes plastered across the internet, but this way I keep them with me. And they inspire me to live a life of love, adventure, and hope.
It may have been the loosing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.
– Captain Mal Renalds, from Firefly
Many are repeated throughout sketchbooks and pages, a constant reminder to be strong, to remember the words, and to live to the fullest.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
– Bob Marley
But I’m writing this post in concern to one quote that was speaking to me this entire day. It speaks to all of us, if we choose to listen. I never truly caught the full meaning of the lyrics until I took the time several months ago to look them up and transcribe them onto the page of my sketchbook. Since then, they have stood out again and again, catching peoples eye, and forcing them to pause for a second.
Five words, repeating over in your head
That’s all you ever have to do
Five words, is it really that hard to say
You’re worth more than this?
YOU’RE. WORTH. MORE. THAN. THIS.
– Stitches, by Haste the Day
Take a second to read that again.
And read it again.
Memorize it. Repeat it over in your head. And take a couple moments to think about the implication of those words.
YOU’RE WORTH MORE THAN THIS.
Each time I read those words I smile. They are the words that God has been whispering in our ear ever since we allowed society to rule our lives. It is a cry of revolution and hope. It is a reminder that we are truly loved. And that we have a purpose on this earth.
Life gets difficult. It sucks at times. Some days I wonder what the  I am doing.
Just the other month, I felt lost. As if I was wandering aimlessly through this period of the journey. I was upset with the circumstances of life. I wanted to be somewhere else. To be beside those I thought needed me the most. But God had a different plan.
He put me there in that field for a reason. And after I prayed for guidance and cried in frustration, I opened my eyes to a rainbow stretching across the horizon. And those very words, YOU’RE WORTH MORE THAN THIS, echoed in my ears. That night, I had an amazing conversation with an individual who shared their struggles. And I was able to be there for them. Fully. Mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Things happen for a reason. I don’t know them all. But we look back and smile.
So, remember those five words and know that there is always light if you open your eyes to see it.
And I’ll leave you with one last quote:
Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.
– Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Indian Chief