Friday, December 30, 2011

Quotes and Cookies: Circumstances

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."

~George Bernard Shaw

Don't you love this quote? It says that no matter what, you can go out and accomplish whatever it is you want to accomplish! Nothing is insurmountable. Nothing is big enough or strong enough to hold you back forever. Finding or making the right circumstances might be hard... maybe even extremely so, but it can be done.

I'm not a champagne drinker, but these cookies kind of have a champagne-y feel to them. So, I raise my cookie in a toast! Here's to finding or creating the circumstances you need in 2012!

Photo credit and recipe link

Have an awesome and safe New Years, everyone! I'll see you bright and early in 2012.


Kelley Lynn said...

Great post!

DEZMOND said...

Happy New Year, Peggy and those look divine!

JeffO said...

Great quote. And appropriate, too. My new WiP involves a guy who is all-too willing to blame his problems on his circumstances. It's going to lead him to some very bad places....

And, yes, those are very champagne-y cookies. They look light and fluffy.

Jessie Humphries said...

May 2012 be the best year of your life. And 2013. And 2014. (as the case may be:). Love you Pegs.

Robyn Campbell said...

Super quote, Peggy! I think I'll copy and paste and hang in my office right at my computer. I need these words. How'd ya know?? :-)

Happy New Year, Peggy! Let's make it our best year yet! <3 you.

Bonnie R. Paulson said...

This is awesome. I'm a firm believer in the American Dream - not the one that involves winning or stealing your money, but the one where if you work your tush off, anything is possible.
I also would add the quote "I didn't say it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it."

Holla if you know it!
Have a great New Year, Peggy. See you next time!

Misha Gerrick said...

Oh my word those cookies look like sin. ^_^

Have a wonderful 2012. See you then. ;-)

Weaver said...

Doesn't Shaw have some of the greatest quotes ever? Those cookies look yummy.

And here's to creating opportunity in 2012.

Happy New Year.

Tonja said...

I prefer cookies too.

I think sometimes bad circumstances aren't in our control, but if we take the opportunity to overcome them we can realize how strong we are.

Unknown said...

Hear, hear, Peggy. Cheers,

Jennie Bennett said...

agreed with the quote and I want that bowl for my cookies :)

prerna pickett said...

wow those cookies look quite appetizing. And season quote- very true!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Oh peggy - you always have such lovely foody pics!! I'm on a diet but they look so good...
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Christa Desir said...

Happy New Year, Peggy! Here's to a great 2012.

Mara Rae said...

Love the quote. I believe luck is a big part of the publishing process, but I also believe if you never put yourself out there or look for opportunities, no amount of luck is going to help. Oh, and meringues are fat free! Added bonus :)

Charlie N. Holmberg said...

What the cookie? Those looks insane....

Christine Rains said...

Awesome quote. Happy new year! :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Kelley-- Thanks!

Dezmond-- Happy New Year to you, too!

JeffO-- Ooo! Awesome! I'm excited for your WIP!

Jessie-- Awww! You rock. Love you!

Robyn-- I love when I choose one someone needed! Yes. Let's make this next year the best one yet. Love you too!

Bonnie-- Yes! Yes! I totally agree. And of course I know the quote! Love love love love love it. It's never supposed to be easy. How would we ever get any stronger if it were? I hope you have a great year, too!

Misha-- I can't stop looking at them! I hope you have a wonderful 2012, too!

Donna-- Yes, yes he does. Clink! (That was me, clinking cookies with you in a toast to creating opportunity in 2012.) Happy new year!

Tonja-- Exactly! It's the overcoming the bad things that we DO have control over. That's how we get strong.

Andrea-- [As I hold my cookie up] Cheers to you, too! Happy New Year!

J.A.-- It's as amazing as the cookies, isn't it? Just about as fascinating to look at, too.

Prerna-- I've tried one, and they totally are. :)

Pat-- These are perfect diet cookies! Whether you make and eat them, or whether you just eat them with your eyes. ;)

Christa-- Happy New Year to you, too! Have a great 2012!

Mara-- Totally. It's all about doing everything in your power to make it happen. And then, you know, not lamenting about everything not in your power. ;) And fat free is definitely a bonus!

CN-- I know! I just can't stop staring.

Christine-- Happy New Years to you, too! I hope your 2012 is fabulous!

Carrie Butler said...

Hooray for cookie toasts! Happy New Year! :)

Unknown said...

I love the quote! And the cookies do look delicious!

Unknown said...

That is one of the most sensible quotes I have ever read. So many people, even people I know very well and love heaps, blame the way they are on what other people have done, on the circumstances of their life, on anything that's happened to them. Sometimes it's good to stand back, take a look at your life, and realise that no one can make you be something you don't want to. You can change yourself. It's not easy to do it, to fight against circumstance, but circumstance isn't the end of it.

Sorry if I've read too much into this. I just LOVE this quote. I'll have to write that down somewhere.

Kristine said...

I like this one too! It's all about coming out on top and not letting circumstances bring you down. It's something everyone needs reminded of every so often. Especially me!

Golden Eagle said...

I completely agree with that quote--it's true that many people consider their current situation to be part of the "circumstances", when there are often alternative things they could be doing to change that situation.

Happy New Year! :)

Angela Brown said...

Happy New Year, Peggy. I'll guzzle a glass of champagne for you.

And those cookies look divine!

Faith E. Hough said...

Wonderful quote! And have a wonderful New Year!!

Nancy Thompson said...

My brother has always accused me of having good luck. My husband takes offense at this, saying, "Luck is what you make happen." That sounds a lot like your quote. And if it's true, then I'm bound to enjoy achieving a few of my own goals for 2012.

Those cookies are so pretty!

Happy New Year, Peggy!!!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great quote! I believe you make your own hard work.

Those meringue cookies look divine!

Have a Happy New Year's Eve and an outstanding 2012!

Delia said...

Mmmm...meringues and a great quote, a nice way to end a year.

Best to you in 2012.

Leigh Covington said...

Great quote Peggy and the cookies rock! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh those cookies look awesome! Happy New Year!!

Talei said...

*raises cookies and champagne* Have a wonderful New Years Eve - and wishing you and your family, the absolute best for 2012. x

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

That is an awesome quote that I may have to print out and stick to the wall above my computer!!! And as I'm not a champagne drinker either I love the idea of toasting with cookies :) Happy New Year and a great 2012 to you!

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Raising a cookie in return. Thanks for sharing this.

Julie said...

Hear, hear!!!

BRING IT, 2012!!

Rachel said...

Beautiful cookies, but man they look like a lot of work to bake and create!

Yes, I love the quote. Thanks for the reminder.

Tara Tyler said...

i tell my negative son all the time that he controls his happiness by how he reacts to things. he can choose to sulk & complain or find something good!

happy new year! those are definitely celebration cookies!

Cassie Mae said...

Happy New Year! Your quotes and cookies always make my face leak. :)

Anonymous said...

Great quote! and as always yummmmm (I am always craving cookies after I read your blog :-))
Happy New Year 2012 Peggy!

CherylAnne Ham said...

I LOVE that quote. It's so true.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Carrie-- I <3 cookie toasts. :D Happy New Year to you, too!

Clarissa-- They're as tasty as they are pretty. :)

Imogen-- You're supposed to read too much into quotes, right? That's what makes them great! ;) And I totally agree with your take on it.

Kristine-- Yes! And yeah... we all need to be reminded of things. *Ahem* me especially. :)

The Golden Eagle-- I agree. Happy New Year to you, too!

Angela-- So did you guzzle a glass for me? ;) Happy New Year!

Faith-- I agree. And I hope you have a great 2012, too!

Nancy-- You go, girl! Achieve those goals! Stay lucky! And have a fabulous 2012.

Sharon-- Awesome sentiment!! And I hope you have an amazing 2012, too!

Delia-- :D And best to you in 2012, too!

Leigh-- Thanks! I hope you have a wonderful 2012, too!

Alicia-- I totally agree. :) Happy New Year!!

Talei-- *Raises my cookie and clinks* I wish you the absolute best in 2012, too!

Susanna-- I just raised my cookie in a toast. :) I hope you have a great 2012, too!

Stacy-- Yay! *Clink* Happy New Year!

Julie-- That's right! BRING IT!

Rachel-- They really are, and they really do. ;) I'm glad you love the quoter. And you're welcome!

Tara-- I've used that same advice on my kids so many times! My favorite is "he made me mad." Uh, no. You chose to get mad as your reaction. ;) All good stuff to remember. Happy New Year!!

Cassie-- Hehehe! I laughed out loud at "make my face leak." Happy New Year!!

Commutinggirl-- Haha! Then my job here is done. ;) I hope your 2012 is fabulous!!

CherylAnne-- I agree. Happy New Year!