Friday, July 22, 2011

Be Who You Are

Some of the dearest friends I've ever had...
Izabella, Wendy, Debbie, Sam, and Shula
staring at the beautiful Adriatic sea in Albania

‎"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. "

~ Margaret Young

I found this quotation this morning on my Facebook wall (posted by Beyond the Veil where the Angels Ascend) and think it's amazing. Read it then read it again. There's a lot of power in living with these words in mind. I wanted to know just who this Margaret Young was so I googled the name. As you can imagine there are so many Margaret Youngs!!

I'm going to assume that this particular Margaret was the delightful vaudevillian singer and comedienne born in 1891 in Detroit, Michigan. 

Some of her recordings are on YouTube - take some time today to listen and enjoy! They'll take you back to the era of fabulous flappers and real divas! Now if this quotation is NOT from this Miss Young, you will have still spent a few moments with beauty.

And by the way.... I am not in any way implying that my dearest friends in the photo above live their lives backwards. I just happened to catch them all from behind! These women.... every one of them, live life to the fullest by following Margaret's words every day. I admire them all for their courage and joy. 


  1. Love your blog. Inspirational-
    I saw your comment on Cozy Little House, and had to swing over.

  2. aww thanks Janie! I'll try to find you now too!

  3. Beautiful words to live by :)

  4. Love this! I have to copy that quote. going to see some friends today and I would love to share this with them. What awesome friends you have... and you're awesome too!
    Blessings, Joanne

  5. Thanks Joanne! Have a truly wonderful time with your friends today!