Best Selling Author, Cheryl Strayed is at it again. If you have read the Book “Wild” or seen the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, you are well aware of her exceptional use of the written word. In her latest Book entitled “Brave Enough” she shares over 100 quotes that are powerful words to live by. These quotes are not your average words of wisdom but rather insightful and motivating words that are great for private daily mantras.
According to the Washington Post – “Brave Enough is a Galvanizing Call to Be Bigger, Bolder and More Generous”.
In a well written press release by Knoph Publishing, Cheryl Strayed shares the following advice about quotes and why our thoughts are so important to our very existence. Essentially, she gives us a little glimpse of what inspired “Brave Enough” to be written and why it all starts with our thoughts and our words about a situation.
“…whenever I need consolation or encouragement, a clear-eyed perspective or a swift kick in the pants—which is often—quotes are what I turn to,” said Strayed. “I think of quotes as mini-instruction manuals for the soul. It’s my appreciation for their very usefulness that compelled me to put together this book. Not because I believe in my own sagacity, but because I believe in the power of words to help us reset our intentions, clarify our thoughts, and create a counter-narrative to the voice of doubt many of us have murmuring in our heads. The one that says You can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t have. Quotes, at their core, almost always shout Yes! [BRAVE ENOUGH] aims to be a book of yes.”
A few powerful quotes by Cheryl Srayed that inspire me include the following quotes:
- “Transformation isn’t a butterfly. … It’s huddling in the dark cocoon and then pushing your way out.
- “You can’t ride to the fair unless you get on the pony.
- “Stop asking yourself what you want, what you desire, what interests you. Ask yourself instead: What has been given to me? Ask: What do I have to give back? Then give it.”
- “The greatest truth isn’t the confession, but rather the lesson learned.”
- “Forward is the direction of real life.”
- “Ask yourself: What is the best I can do? And then do that.”
- There’s no need to show up at the party if you’re only going to stand around with your hands in your pockets and stare at the drapes.
- “This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You’ve earned the right to grow.”
- “There are stories hidden in the language we use, whether we’re conscious of them or not. They tell the truth of our hearts and minds.”
- “I believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. We don’t always do the right thing on our way to rightness.”
You can purchase Brave Enough in several locations including online at Amazon.com
Visit Cheryl Strayed’s website to learn more about this fascinating author that is taking the world by storm with one positive word after another. Be sure to check out her podcast Dear Sugar Radio with Steve Almond
If you are an aspiring writer be sure to adhere to Cheryl’s encouraging tips for first time writers. Here are a few, that I thought I would share with you.
- Write a lot. But do it on your schedule. ..do not to follow other people’s rules but to make your own. Then follow them.
- Don’t be in a hurry to publish. Be in a hurry to become the best writer you can be.
- Find the work that moves you the most deeply and read it over and over again. Study the sentences your favorite writers made until they live in your bones.
- Find your tribe and honor it. Become friends with other writers. Exchange work. Talk shop. Ask them questions about how they write.
- Do your homework. If you want to publish your writing, research what that means. There is so much information available about everything you want to know. Don’t expect anyone to hand it to you. Apprentice yourself to the craft and the profession.
- Be brave. Write what’s true for you. Write what you think. What about what confuses you and compels you. Write about the crazy, hard, and beautiful. Write what scares you. Write what makes you laugh and write what makes you weep. Writing is risk and revelation.
- Be humble. Other people might be right when they tell you this or that isn’t really working in your manuscript. Listen to them. Challenge your attachments to the things you’ve written.
- Don’t believe that you have to “know someone” to get published (or get an agent or win a prize). Make people fall in love with your writing. That’s how you get published.
- Be strong. No one is going to ask you to write. Many people will tell you not to. Don’t listen to them.
- If you want to be a writer, be a writer. You don’t need permission.
Click on the following to read more
Knopf to Publish Collection of Cheryl Strayed’s Quotes – Knoph-DoubleDay
Cheryl Strayed – The Author – CherylStrayed.com
Brave Enough – Kirkus Reviews
Life Changing Quotes from Cheryl Strayed’s new Book – Brave Enough – Parade