I was reading AffricanKeli because she is in the One-Yard Wonders blog tour, and saw this quote above her stove:
Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.
I had to immediately go and look it up, it seems to be a reordering of a quote made famous by Theodore Roosevelt, and in any case is awesome!
Some other awesome Teddy quotes from wikiquotes:
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing
There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railroad man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. [I am so with him here!] It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone; but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching. And as for a life deliberately devoted to pleasure as an end — why, the greatest happiness is the happiness that comes as a by-product of striving to do what must be done, even though sorrow is met in the doing. There is a bit of homely philosophy, quoted by Squire Bill Widener, of Widener’s Valley, Virginia, which sums up one’s duty in life: “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”
Might as well be the stash buster’s mantra. Use what you have.
Need something for dinner? Pantry diving. Use what you have.
Don’t have enough time? Use what you have.
Need more exercise? Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are. You’ve got shoes, start running. Park in the farthest spot, take the stairs.
Waiting to start until everything is perfect? Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are. Get to it!
I think I’m going to have to put that over my stove like AfricanKelli. Or somewhere.
What, you were expecting something crafty? Maybe tomorrow.
What quotes are you finding inspiring right now?