Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Quote o' the Week

Yesterday we learned about the fabulous artist Chuck Close. Even after his spinal artery collapse and paralysis, he continues to paint. Talk about overcoming adversity! We all deal with difficult circumstances in our life at one point or another. It makes us stronger, more compassionate and better in the long run.

I am in awe of Chuck Close. He is not only incredibly talented but also an amazing human being.

Here are some of my favorite quotes that relate to adversity.

How it works:

Read the quotes below and write about how one (or more) applies to your life or how you can learn from it (10 points)


Make a visual representation of a quote - drawing, painting, etc. (5 to 100 points depending on quality and effort)

The quotes:

"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted."
~ Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

"Adversity is the first path to truth."
~ Lord Byron

"Suffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise."
~ Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength."
~ August Wilson