Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Motherhood's Near-Horrifying Responsibility

Goethe wasn't a mother, but he nailed the essence of it in this quote. I haven't researched what it's from, or what his larger point was, and frankly, I'm not going to make time to do so, because of what the quote itself has taught me! If anyone knows and wants to share that knowledge with me, add it in the comments!

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”


  1. Wow...love this and is really timely for me!:) Thanks for sharing. BTW, are you reading 1000 gifts? I have started it.

  2. Shayna! I'm SO sorry this comment didn't publish till now! I didn't have notification enabled, and I thought I did, so I never realized you had commented here!
    Yes, I'm reading 100 gifts - v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y - and loving every word, even the ones that cut me. :0)
    I'm guessing you're liking it too?

  3. So true! 'The man is the head, but the woman is the neck' is my favorite quote from Big Fat Greek Wedding.

    Love the font, btw. :-)