Any time you get jazzed by a quote : Day 21 of 31

Any time you get jazzed by a quote it means you’ve connected the dots. The quote is touching the dots of your experience, convictions, beliefs, and your hopes & dreams.

The quote is working as a dot connector for you.

You don’t get jazzed by all quotes. How about this:

“Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values, and your personal style.”

— Kobe Bryant

Hmmm. For me, who cares? So what? You might be jazzed, but it’s not connecting any of my dots.

Try another one:

If what you say has value, it will last longer than you will

— Vance Havner

Anything there for you? If so, why?

Quotes that speak to you say something you know is true but you didn’t know it was true in exactly that way. If it rings, it might be because those exact words in that exact order create a stronger or more meaningful connection with other things you feel and know are true.

Let’s try a few more:

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book

— Groucho Marx

Talent is God-given, be grateful.

Fame is man-given, be humble.

Conceit is self-given, be careful.

— John Wooden

Any of those talking to you? Does each feel different to you? Why?

One more:

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm

— Winston Churchill

If that rings your bell, maybe it’s because you know what failure feels like – for you that’s a dot. Maybe you want success and have hopes and dreams – another dot. And maybe you’re encouraged to hear someone say this quote because now you know at least one other person understands. That’s another dot. The words tied things together.

The next time you you get jazzed by a quote, know that you’ve just connected the dots.

Think of a favorite quote. What experiences, convictions, beliefs, and hopes & dreams do those words bring alive?


This is Day 21 of 31 Days of Connecting the Dots: make more sense of your life, your world, your hopes and dreams.

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Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Abbie

    “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

    “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “… ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    This is one of my favorites – referring to Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

  2. monkey tamer

    Going from failure to failure w/out loss of enthusiasm….. oh how wonderful to see it that way! At least it made me smile and yes, the dots are connecting. Can hardly wait to see how God weaves all those failures into something lovely. How wonderful to have new eyes to see with. A blessing to be sure, thanks.

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