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debbiemillman-450x287

We all need pick-me-ups once in a while. I hope you're filling your own happiness jars with numerous notes of noteworthy positive events in your life! I'm sharing my favorite encouraging inspiring women's quotes this week, maybe they'll inspire you, too. Below is an excerpt of Debbie Millman's address to the students at San Jose State. Honest, touching, poetic.

Every once in a while – often when we least expect it – we encounter someone more courageous, someone who chose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often, we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when luck has nothing to do with it. It is really all about their imagination; it is how they constructed the possibilities for their life.

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Our abilities are only limited by our perceptions.

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Perhaps what is truly known can’t be described or articulated by creativity or logic, science or art, but perhaps it can be described by the most authentic and meaningful combination of the two: poetry.

As Robert Frost wrote: a poem “begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.”

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Start with a big, fat lump in your throat and run with it.

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Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not 2 weeks from now. Now.

If you have time, read the beautifully illustrated version here.

Image by Mark Winterbourne, Flickr, Creative Commons License.

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