Hi everyone, I’m Emily from Isn’t That Charming. When Ashley asked me to be a part of her “Words of Wisdom” series I was ecstatic, not just because her blog is one of my favorites, but because I’m an avid lover of words. I’m one of those odd ducks that can hear a song once and know the lyrics, recite movie quotes at random, and am always carrying a pen in case I want to circle well-phrased sentences in whatever book I’m reading.
One such instance happened while reading Eat, Pray, Love. In it, there’s a quote pulled from The Wild Iris, a poem by Louise Gluck, and it’s been one of my favorites since. “From the center of my life, there came a great fountain.” I love this quote because it tells a short story of someone searching for purpose and finding unexpected greatness within themselves that was there all along.
I’ve learned a few things in my twenty-something years, and this quote embodies what I consider to be one of the most monumental. It’s not what’s given to you or fateful happenings that make up the success stories of life. Life’s greatest feats are ones filled with rocky roads that you overcome despite all odds. The biggest accomplishments are ones that you nurture, put time into, and work tirelessly to build.
I’ve found this to be true with career, hobbies, love, friendships, and even your relationship with yourself. No matter what the situation, greatness is not obtained by sitting back and waiting for it to happen. You make your own destiny. Looking anywhere else but within yourself will be a fruitless pursuit - you, and you alone, build your fountain.
I reflect upon this quote whenever I’m feeling insecure, lost, or just need a reminder to believe in myself. It’s proved to be a great reminder for me, and I’m hoping that it can be the same for you.
Thanks so much to Ashley for including me in this series. Be sure to swing by Isn’t That Charming and say hi!