Day 1 – Three Quotes in three days challenge

I have been nominated or should I say “challenged” to post three quotes in three days and challenge three other bloggers each day. Before I begin I would like to thank the person that nominated me…. and no…  I didn’t nominate myself and make this person up.   I have often thought about nominating myself for all kinds of cool blogging awards under some pseudo name…   but… not this time… Here is the real… again not made up person that nominated me

Trulyunplugged -The not easy being green… Eternal Optimist

Please visit this wonderful blog… I promise you will enjoy her playful spin on words and her unique way of expressing ideas.  You will immediately take note of her love for writing and appreciate her ability to create puns out of everything… (wished I had a clever pun to state that)

The quotes that I will be sharing will be phrases that have repeated themselves over and over in my head. Phrases that served as beacons guiding me on the way to becoming who I am.  (wow the power of  simple sentences).   With that stated… when you read this first quote you might think to yourself… this guy is screwed up…. but you are wrong… I am just weird….

and finally…..



“I stand amid the roar of a self tormented shore”

taken from the poem “Dream within a Dream” by Edgar Allen Poel 

I wished I could say that my love for poetry and literature brought me to this quote… but understanding and appreciating  literature especially poetry has been a great weakness of mine.  (you know… words… words… words… blah blah blah)

Fiat x19 – The car that I lived in… this is not mine… but could be it’s twin


I heard these words (the entire poem) while living in my car…  a very small convertible that preferred being a home over being a car (I think it was broken down and parked more than actually up and driving around)  I was in the car one night feeling sorry for myself and my “messed” up life…  and no…I wasn’t being read to or had “poetry” on tapes… I heard the poem in a song by a band named “Propaganda”.

When  I heard the words I felt that it was talking about my life and expressing my frustrations of seeing important things in my life slipping away like sand in my hands… and regardless of how hard I tightened my grasp I couldn’t save one from creeping though my “fingers to the deep”… I couldn’t save anything “from the pitiless wave”.

I then reflected upon my guiding sentence… “I stand amid the roar of a self tormented shore”…   the words “self tormented shore” reverberated…  Can’t say initially it was intellectual since I first thought what a great name for a band….   I then found the poem and read it and started really thinking about the meaning.   (WHAT the heck does Dream with in a Dream mean… and have I ever had a dream in my dreams???)   I came back to the self tormented shore and realized something about myself.   I was currently the victim of my own negativity and self loathing.   I in essence was self tormented…   I thought about the  sea shore and while the waves crash into it… eroding and changing it…   “tormented” is not how I would describe it.  I would use words such as beautiful and inspiring both in times of storm and calm.   I vowed from that moment never to allow myself to become “self-tormented” and to always remember the beauty that life offers even during life’s storms.

enough words (blah blah blah… I did try to add some pictures)

For the first day.. Instead of nominating someone I would like to allow any reader to nominate themselves…  Please leave your desire in the comments… and tomorrow I will nominate you.  If I don’t get anyone… I randomly pick three of my followers.

oh… here is the entire poem for those of you who like poetry or Poe…

Dream within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?





4 thoughts on “Day 1 – Three Quotes in three days challenge

  1. I am in awe….thank you for sharing this…you, indeed, have the soul of a poet…words fail me, so…blah, blah, blah (that’s meant to be a joke…I love your sense of humour). Epiphanies are game-changers, and, thankfully, they come to us at just the right time. I am grateful that you were transformed by your understanding that self-loathing fuels hopelessness, and steers us further and further off course…you, your loved ones, and people like me are so much better off for having you in our world. You are a light 🙂

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