I was at one of a myriad of appointments last week, when I came across a quote that's stuck with me. It was printed on a plain piece of white paper and taped to the side of planter box. The presentation was very unpretentious, but the thought itself was anything but meek.
Over the next few days, I thought about the quote several times. I didn't remember the exact words, but I tried. Finally, I resorted to Google. I hadn't been able to make out the name of the author printed at the bottom of the quote, so I was really shooting in the dark. I typed in as much of the quote as I could remember, trying to get the phrasing right. It took a few tries, but Google came through.
I discovered that the quote was by Ann Landers, a pen name created in 1943 by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley and later taken over by Eppie Lederer. Which of those two women actually wrote the quote, I'm not sure, but their advice reached me all these years later.
I'll pass on a little of their wisdom.
"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'" ~Ann Landers