A quote or two or three

[Day 17 of 30 day writing challenge - A quote you try and live by]

There are a few quotes that tumble around in my head over the years. It's hard to say which one guides me the most. 

Most recently asking myself  "Who am I?" and "What is true?" can reframe my mind or confirm my intentions in just about anything I am considering. This one I would like to keep in the forefront of my processes. Thank you to Steven Barnes for that (among many other things.)

from Miguel Ruiz' The Four Agreements I have these taped to my bathroom mirror:

Be impeccable with your word. 
Don't take anything personally.
Don't make assumptions.
Always do your best. 
From Dawn Callan I was given: 

Wake up! 
Don't complain.
Don't Take Any Shit. 
From my mom: "Walk a mile in their shoes." Or "Put yourself in their place" has gone a long way in teaching me compassion.
"Ain't nothing to it but to do it." Is something my sister is fond of saying. I grew to like it too because of its straightforwardness. 

I love this bit attributed to Thoreau "Go confidently in the directions of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined." Ah, that 'confidently' has been the tricky one.

Many of these seem like they are beyond me sometimes. But the fact that they refuse to fade away like other bits of advice I've gathered over the year surely means they are part of my path. I may stray often, but when I remember to look up these are the lanterns that will guide me home.