I'll tell you what it used to be. It used to be "there are no wrong choices - only learning choices." Wow. That was not a good quote to live by, that's for sure. And when I took a hard look at my choices and the results, it was pretty clear: there are definitely wrong choices. I made a bunch of them. So do most people. Yes, we can - and do! - learn from those choices. But that doesn't mean they weren't wrong.
These days, I don't use quotes from other strugglers like myself to guide my choices or, as the challenge says, "live by". But there are a few that resonate with me.
"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." (Helen Keller). I really like this one. I do believe we should approach each new day as an adventure, willing to risk and push and drink it in, even those mundane days where nothing seems extraordinary. Because life is extraordinary, isn't it?
"900 years of time and space, and I've never met anyone who wasn't important." (Doctor Who). Man, I love this one. Yes, he's a fictional character, but the line itself - and the sentiment behind it - reminds me that all these fellow humans are each unique and special. Each person matters. And the way I treat others - all others - should reflect this truth. It doesn't always - I'm human too, and I fail sometimes - but I try.
"Love God, love others" (Luke 10:27, which actually reads "He answered,"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind', and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" ). This is again a reminder of what I am here for - to love God and to love others. And yes, as I mentioned above, I often fail. But I'm thankful God is merciful and graceful when I mess up. And I keep trying.
So, there they are: my favourite quotes for living: Life is an adventure and people matter, so love them (and God too).