The legendary Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini was playing a difficult piece of music before a large audience. Suddenly one string on his violin snapped, yet he continued to play, improvising beautifully. Then two more strings broke, and he completed the composition playing with only one string.
It has often been said, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Lemons by themselves are sour. Lemons with sugar and water become delicious lemonade.
This phrase is a reminder to us about making the best of things that come our way.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” (Carl Gustav Jung)
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Are you going through a mid-life crisis? “IT IS WHAT IT IS”
Have you been passed over for a promotion? “IT IS WHAT IT IS”
Is your girlfriend is a nag? “IT IS WHAT IT IS”
Your parents don’t understand you? “IT IS WHAT IT IS”
You say your husband doesn’t listen to you? “IT IS WHAT IT IS”
Are the people around you are idiots? “IT IS WHAT IT IS”
Hearing “It is what it is” makes me want to punch someone. And then when they’d complain, I’d just say, “Sorry, but it is what it is”
“Success is a Choice” … I first heard this phrase when Rick Pitino wrote a book that had this as the title. It is one of the best quotes I have heard. In fact, I have borrowed it as the primary motto for my basketball program over the years. It goes on all of our letterhead, locker room posters and motivational pieces. In general, every person has the choice of how they act and behave.