Quite Something

Quote of the Day

My favorite news stories are the ones in the “Making a Difference” segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. This week, Chelsea Clinton joined the staff. Apparently Brian’s wife is the one who gave him the idea of taking five minutes out of the half hour show most nights to highlight a positive story.

Every one of us knows people like the ones in those segments, everyday folks who are doing extraordinary things. Most of them are quietly making a difference in their families and their communities without getting any notice at all. Whether their efforts are put forth at work, at a nonprofit, or through their own initiative, each of them is passionate about his or her mission.

In yesterday’s post I promised to launch my own Good News channel of sorts, so here goes. I’m going to introduce you to some of the people in my life who I feel are “quite something,” each in his or her own way.

First up is one of my longtime, true-blue friends, Sue Ivy. Sue and I share many interests, chief among them, personal growth. I hired Sue back in 1996 when I was working in human resources for a software company. In her first day on the job, she told me that one of her hobbies was collecting quotes and sending out a Quote of the Day via email to her friends. She asked if I’d like to be added to her list. I agreed, and I’ve been receiving them ever since.

Rather than selecting the inspirational quotes randomly, Sue takes the time to hand pick them to correspond with holidays and other important world events. She also tailors them to the happenings of her personal friends, whether they are struggling or celebrating, and by doing so has discovered an interesting phenomenon.

Often, when she sends out a quote in support of one friend, several others will respond and say, “I know that quote was meant for me—it truly spoke to what I’m going through right now. Thank you.” Yet another confirmation that we are more alike than we are different, and our struggles often parallel those of others.

Day after day, year after year, Sue continues to send out her quotes. It’s her gift to her friends, and their friends, as each person encourages another to sign up for the quotes.

More recently, Sue has taken up nature photography and digital art. She now attaches kaleidoscopes, and the photos from which they are derived, to her quote emails. You can see Sue’s work on her photo blog at http://the-enchanted-forrest.blogspot.com/.

Her hobby has expanded to include products with her designs on them, available on http://www.cafepress.com/enchantedcorgi, and books and calendars at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ivysue1.

Sue’s collection of quotes is now nearing six thousand. I often print them and post them around my office for inspiration as I write.

Thanks, Sue, for making a difference by sharing classic words of wisdom with your friends.

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Nancy LaPonzina Says:

    Great post Elaine, and thank you for sharing your wonderful friendship with Sue Ivey. I was first drawn to quotes because of the italics they appeared in. When my eye caught upcoming lines of italics in text, I looked forward to reading those words. A favorite author, Alexandra Stoddard, always proclaimed the value of quotes, and suggested saving them and sharing them. Though I never actually did, I liked the idea that I could. One especially inspirational one got me through nursing school. And another Annie Dillard quote, “How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,” reinforced my desire to live a life of authenticity.
    “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

  2. Sandra Carrington-Smith Says:

    A wonderful post, Elaine, about a lady who is just as amazing. I love quotes, and I find that sometimes they are able to capture and deliver just what needs to be said. I am lucky to know Sue Ivy too, and love her soothing energy! :) PS. Did I tell you how much I love this idea of yours?? We need more news of this nature. Away with sad and angry segments! :)

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