I am one of those people who finds, saves, posts and re tweets inspirational quotes. Some people collect stamps. I collect words - especially words with pictures. If you've been following my blogs for any length of time, you know I use pictures to punctuate my prose. It's not that I don't think anyone will understand my relatively quirkish sense of humor; I do it because I am a visual person. It makes me laugh, so I hope it makes my readers at least crack a smile, or occasionally let loose with an outright guffaw.
What makes these words work in graphic form is that they are "universal truths." We recognize them as being part of our DNA. Sometimes they say the things we dare not say because we are either trying to be politically correct or we are card-carrying members of the "Thumper Theory" society. Sometimes they contain hidden messages to friends and family, like a cyber version of Morse Code that we assume only they will understand.
Sometimes they are words of encouragement better than any you could think of yourself. Sometimes they express the depth of sadness and solace when you can't find the words within your soul. Whatever the reason, they work. They touch us in inexplicable ways.
So, as the season winds down, I thought I should share some of my favorites with you. Most apply to skating; all apply to life. They probably express me better than I do.
Universal Truths I Love to Share
And my greatest Universal Truth