My top 10 quotes of the year

1.  ღ Never complain.  Never explain. ~  Katherine Hepburn

At times, I find myself  kvetching about a situation in my life I created, by doing something for someone I didn’t really want to do.  I realize it only serves to bring negative and wasted energy to my world.   My friends remind me that our time on earth is precious. So why bring negative issues into our valuable time together?  Good question.

2.  ღ A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude ~ Bruce Wilkinson

I struggle with this one because I am a pretty generous person and I do like to say “thank you” in a timely manner; likewise, when I don’t hear *thank you*  I allow the situation to upset me.  I understand that one should give without expectation; however, I do believe that a “thank you” is just good manners and a sign of appreciation by the recipient.  I truly understand a little gratitude goes far.  This is what I will work on mastering this coming year.

3.  ღ  Follow your heart and Learn to trust your heart. ~ Unknown

It’s funny that I tweet “Follow your Heart” quotes frequently but do not always apply this concept to my own life.  This past year, I ended up doing things that I regretted.  Pay attention to coincidences and when things do not go smoothly, there’s a guardian angel watching over you. Don’t let your emotions blind you!  In each situation, there will be crystal clear signs.  Trust your heart and let it guide you.

4.   ღ Be selective in your battles, don’t make every problem a war. ~ Unknown

My life is more peaceful when I am diplomatic instead of trying to be Ms. Right.  Being right takes too much energy.  Just state your viewpoint in a positive way and if the person is open to hear it, they will listen.  It took me years to let go of “being in the right.”

5.  ღ Eliminate physical clutter.  More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. ~ Terri Guillemets

When we accumulate material things around us that we don’t need and perhaps can’t afford, we create material and spiritual clutter.  Life is a gift, not clutter!

6.  ღ Friends are special, treasure them. ~ Unknown

We get busy with our lives and sometimes only call friends when we need something.  It’s nice to make a call to say “hi” and let them know we’re thinking of them.  The volume can be overwhelming but I believe friends appreciate when you reach out and say hello.  Even with our Twitter friends, a quick RT or a quick drive by tweet is appreciated.

7.  ღ It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers — they help us to learn. ~ John Bradshaw

Don’t punish yourself when you make a blunder.  We all make them and we sometimes repeat our mistakes.  Be kind to yourself, take the lesson, learn and move forward.  Beating up on yourself or someone else isn’t going to create growth.  There have to be bumps in life, otherwise how will we grow richer without these experiences.

8.  ღ If I let it bother me, I wouldn’t be Bruce Lee. ~  Bruce Lee

I love this quote because I once lived in the world of “perfection”.  Every little thing bothered me.  Now when something starts to take me back there, I say, “If I let it bother me, I wouldn’t be Ann Tran”. ツ

9.  ღ Circumstances & situations do color your life but you choose what the color shall be. ~ J.H. Miller

I populate my stream with positive tweets because it’s the world I choose to live in.  Whatever tone I set for myself that day is the direction of my day.  One day last month, I accidentally scratched the bottom of my car’s bumper, “ouch” a new ding.  I can choose to spend the money to fix it and make it perfect or just ignore it because I can barely see the scratch.  I make a conscious effort to have a positive attitude.  This is an ongoing intention.

10.  ღ We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put our words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

2010 has been a wonderful, blessed year for me and probably the richest one in terms of spiritual growth.  I thank my family and all my friends.  I am grateful for all the beautiful lessons.  Cheers to all and I wish you peace, health, blessings and a rocking 2011!

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28 Replies to “My top 10 quotes of the year

  1. Many people post quotes. However, to relate them to you, shows that you have a true understanding of who you are. “To thine own self be true ~ Shakespeare.

  2. Ann I might be new and very lucky to have found you on my first day on Twitter (Feb.21/12) I like your style and the way you deliver your tweet. Please don’t stop you bring smile to me one tweet at the time…. thank-you! one of your fans…. : )

  3. Love these quotes as I have my self a website with quotes about life. Thought it would be wise to share my favorite quote: “It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.” – Peter Parker

  4. Hello Ann, The expressions above have an encouraging ring to them. They will continue to make a reader’s day depending on what they are looking for at the moment.


  5. Fun post. Great idea. There’s a lot of great quotes, aren’t there? I’d like to share.

    “It’s not who is right, it’s what’s right.”

    I’m not certain if I heard it or said it – doesn’t matter. This has helped me stay focused on finding opportuities and focusing on solutions rather than assigning blame.

  6. This post is wonderful, the quotes are truly beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing them with us…

  7. Wow — these ten quotes simply wrap up the year in the most beautiful package with an elegant ribbon tied around it!

    I must say it would be impossible to select a favorite, but this one truly resonates with me:

    “Be selective in your battles, don’t make every problem a war.” It’s a philosophy I’ve been striving to instill in my four daughters … forever! 🙂

    Thanks, Ann.

  8. Ann, I consider myself a bit of a quote junkie and you have shared a few that I have never heard of before! Thank you for this wonderful post and the positive light you share with us all!

    Hugs, Lori

  9. I really liked all of the quotes, but especially #5. It’s the hardest one for me to control, despite the fact that it is completely under my influence. Thank you.

  10. Amazing quotes Ann. Each has a valuable lesson to teach people. My favorite was about friends. I just love my friends and I hope that I stay connected with them for a long long time.

    This year has been really good. A lot to learn and lot of new good friends. What more can I ask for?

  11. Ann, thank you for this beautiful post..I love that you have made your favourite posts relate to your personal circumstances.

    It has been a joy following you and being your friend on Twitter ♥ˆ◡ˆ♥


  12. Love these quotes…thank you for sharing. Choosing your battles is a big one!

    I love and wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts on gratitude and hearing thank you. My goal for 2011 is to not let the lack of gratitude bother me so much. It’s not that I think people don’t appreciate our awesomeness, it’s more a lack of “celebrators” and/or when it’s content related (and I’m even guilty of this sometimes), we click through like 5 links and forget where we started and who to thank…or minds are completely blown by what we’ve learned we have to take a break, lol.

    I think I’m going to make a #8 and #2 sandwich 🙂

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the quotes that have meant a lot to you this year Ann.

    You Tweet so many fine quotes and it’s really interesting to see your interpretation and what they have meant to you on a personal level, I can empathise with many of your thoughts!

    All the best to you and yours for the coming year Ann, here’s looking forward to more of your quotes 🙂


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