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Words To Live By

kristin beachThe older I get the more I have changed. Maybe it’s that I’m getting closer to 30 and well life seems so much more now. After college, three kids, life is busy and loving all at the same time. My days are filled. My heart is filled. Yet still I find time to change and grow and see where I should be investing my energy. I saw this quote online today and every word spoke to me. Maybe it’s because undoubtedly inside I am a Maryl Streep fan or maybe because I find solace in the words.

I find the older I get the more comfortable I am being who I am. That I want to be happy and most of all I want to live a life that fills me with goodness and fills my children too. I want to forever change and learn and grow, I don’t ever want to stand still at be at peace where I am. I am happiest when I am dreaming and am willing to have enough courage and fortitude to make my dreams a reality. I always hope to look back at these words and find them as words to live by.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

– José Micard Teixeira (words Meryl Streep says she lives by)


  1. Rosie on September 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I love Meryl Streep, too! These are good words to live by, worth printing out and reminding yourself every now and then!

  2. Kristin on September 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you very much Joni for that inspirational comment. I will follow your advice!

  3. Joni Mason on September 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Very good advice! I’m a few (20+) years older than you and wish I had this mindset in my 20’s. Keep growing and never let anything steal your joy!