I’ve had a day now to recover from my whirlwind trip to San Antonio, and now that I’m a bit more grounded, some of the gems from the conference (NFPW) have begun to take hold.
Here are three of my favorite quotes from the gathering, including one that I’m 99.9 percent sure came from Heloise (I’d scribbled it at the top of a notepad without attribution, but memory is pointing to the famed columnist). If I’m in fact correct about the source, I’d consider it her best hint yet:
“When others speak ill of you, live so no one will believe them.”
Isn’t that great? How often do we get tripped up on what others project about us, and really, how futile it is to let that kind of thing pull us down. The best response, seems to me, is to put one foot in front of the other and live, as Heloise suggests, to the contrary.
Here’s one that came at the beginning of the conference by one of the opening speakers, who attributed the wise saying to TV news veteran Tom Brokaw:
“What good does it do to wire the world if we short-circuit our soul?”
I found that refreshing, and mightily appropriate at a conference celebrating the profession of journalism and mass media.
And finally, this one from Dr. Pat Love, conference speaker who has been seen/heard on CNN, Oprah and The Today Show, who offered an engaging presentation on “Love in Twitter Time:”
“The natural response to generosity is generosity.”
Nothing more to say on that one except that it’s love that makes the world go round, borrowing from an old Girl Scout song.
And speaking of love, I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it again. I love a good quote. I love the power of a thought-provoking phrase that leaves my brain humming. And the best thing I can think to do with the wonder of a good quote when I hear or read one is to spread it around.
Have any good quotes or helpful hints to share? Please do in the comment section below!