November 3, 2014


Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC


I really enjoyed the last session of Vancouver Girl Talk, a Women’s empowerment group organized by Jenna-Reed Cole, an ambassador for Spinal Cord Injury BC. One of the new things we are trying out is sharing things that inspire us. This past session everyone was asked to come up with a quote or passage that had special meaning for them. The evening was filled with easy conversation, sweet treats, new faces (welcome!), sharing inspiration and quite a bit of laughter.

Here’s a sampling of inspirational contributions we received:

“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.
A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on
Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole.
Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’
The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.’”
– Submitted by Jenna

“I was given this life because I’m strong enough to live it.”
– Anonymous

“I don’t want you to save me. I want you to stand by my side while I save myself.”
– Anonymous

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.”
– Winnie the Pooh (submitted by Deepa)

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit”
– Rumi

“Vive sine paenitentia” – Life without regret.
– Submitted by Kristina

“Vive sine paenitentia” is a personal motto of mine, and not at all meant in the spirit of YOLO. It’s not an excuse to muck about and make mistakes without caring or considering the consequences. In fact, I mean it in quite the opposite manner. If you live your life to the fullest of your capabilities, and make the best decisions you can based on the knowledge at hand, you can never go wrong. Even if you make a mistake, or the turbulence of life throws you off course, you can still trust, love and respect yourself for having done what you thought was right. You can then learn from the experience and move on, but never, ever need regret. You can live a life without regret. And for me, that would be an accomplished life.

If there are group members who were unable to attend but have favourite quotes of your own please share them on the Vancouver GirlTalk Facebook Page.  Don’t hesitate to include why this quote is important to you if you’d like.

Happy trails and see you November 5th. For meeting details you can check out our new Events Calendar or check the Vancouver GirlTalk Facebook page.



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