Eloquent Emotions

One thing I’ve learned when trying to quote myself in my pieces is that there’s a lot of shame associated with that kind of commitment to your feelings. It’s a beautiful mix of personality, feelings, and humility, though that truly makes quotes valuable. But what if you’re not a wordsmith? What if you’re simply better at investing thought into feeling that saying? I know what I feel but how do I express that to an audience in a relatable way? And I guess that’s where art in its many forms comes into play.

People aren’t necessarily the most eloquent when trying to express their emotions.

 -Tracy Letts[i]

 You know those deep connections that you make with people that don’t require words? Those are the bonds that make life extraordinary. But what if the only way you’re able to connect with others is through words, like quotes? I’ve talked about why quotes bring people together, but as I use my own words I have to take a closer look at what I’m saying.

It seems like quotes are more brief, yet more permanent.

This means every word that goes into them must not only be authentic to me, but empathetic to others, too. But if you’re like me, someone who trips over her own words as she tries to verbalize her feelings, I need to learn yet another art: the art of eloquent emotions.

That’s what really captivates me about the authors of these quotes. They’re not only able to feel, they’re able to articulate, too.

There’s something about quotes that all audiences usually get, no matter their values or motives, and that’s usually based on the words being used. These words are the connections between the authors and their readers, and they connect so well because they’re so well delivered. There’s so much meaning behind each word that I have to wonder how much thought went into them. Or maybe they’re truly spur of the moment, thought-provoking, eloquent phrases crafted by an enviable, natural skill set?

Going through this journey of quoting myself leaves me incredibly vulnerable and open, which is exactly the reason I resonated with Letts’ sentiments. Are there any ways in which you struggle to vocalize your emotions or opinions? What quotes have helped you overcome these obstacles?

[i] Witchel, Alex. "Tracy Letts Is Still Haunted by His Past." The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Mar. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/magazine/tracy-letts-is-still-haunted-by-his-past.html?_r=0>.{C}