What Lies Behind Us

I have a confession. I’m sort of obsessed with quotes. It started back in college while I was pursuing a theatre degree. Competition is fierce in the theatre world and it’s easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going exactly as you planned.

One of my college roommates started printing out quotes for and taping them on my mirror whenever she thought I needed a pick me up. Sometimes they were funny and sometimes they were more inspirational but they were always helpful.

This one by Ralph Waldo Emerson was my favorite.

What lies behind us Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s almost cliché, in a “don’t sweat the small stuff” kind of way, but still appropriate. I’ve learned the hard way that things don’t always go exactly as planned. And as hard as that may be to accept, it will be okay. A change in circumstances doesn’t mean hopes and dreams have to be abandoned. Maybe just adjusted a little.

I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge and pursuing my dreams is a big part of that. Regardless of what I’ve accomplished in the past or what I will achieve in the future, I want to be the best Caroline Cradick I can be, in the process. And remain true to what lies within.


Caroline Cradick


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