The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2


Now that I know what I’m doing, here are the rules:

1. Thank the person that nominated you.

2. Write one quote each day for three consecutive days (3 quotes total)

3. Explain why the quote is meaningful for you.

4. Nominate three bloggers each day to participate in the challenge

Thanks again to Angela, who writes the Fuck MS blog, for bestowing this honor upon me. Please check her out at:

You may have already figured this out from the picture, but TODAY’S QUOTE IS (drum roll)……… Get busy living, or get busy dying.

This is a quote from Andy Dufrense in the movie The Shawshank Redemption,  which might be my favorite movie of all-time. It certainly is in the top three. It’s theme of of hope and perseverance under unfair and adverse conditions, is inspiring. I love it when the underdog wins, and the acting and screenplay is superb! I’ve watched it so many times I’ve lost track. I can’t imagine anyone not knowing about this flick, but if you don’t, do yourself a favor. Go on Netflix and look it up. You will be glad you did.

The reason this quote has so much meaning is because it epitomizes my attitude since I was diagnosed. MS, or any significant disability/affliction for that matter, changes your life and, in my opinion, leaves you with two choices.

You can either accept your new reality, confront it head on, and make the best of a bad situation. Or, you can curl into the fetal position, say whoa is me, lament about all the things that you’ve lost, become obsessed with the shitty hand you’ve been dealt, and wither away. In other words, you can get busy living or get busy dying.

Today’s nominees to participate in this challenge are:

Walt who authors Walt’s Writings is a poet, an old salt with a romantic soul. His poetry resonates with a hopeless romantic like myself. He paints images and evokes emotions we can all relate to with his simple words. I highly recommend you give him a look.

I don’t know the name of the person who writes Damn Girl, Get Your Shit Together, but I love her style and attitude. All you have to to is check out this ditty to see why. I’m really curious to see what her quotes might be.

Last but not least is Grace, who authors MS Graceful…NOT! Brutally honest and funny, Grace doesn’t pull any punches. In fact, she’s already been nominated, by Alyssa I believe, but I’m nominating her again because she is either not paying attention or avoiding the issue. HELLO GRACE! Time to get your coffee and get to work!

See you all again tomorrow

Author: Steve Markesich

I am loving husband, a doting father, a Red Sox fanatic, an aspiring novelist and MS advocate. Feel free to check out my web site.

9 thoughts on “The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2”

  1. Thank you for thinking of me in your nomination Steve…If this quote thing doesn’t have to be done immediately, I will give it a whirl, AFTER I watch the Shawshank redemption and clean up the coffee I spilled when you called me out :P. Honestly, I have never seen the movie, but I love and agree with the quote and you have my interest piqued. Also, let’s get your links fixed…. I swear its super easy and will take less than 5 minutes.

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    1. Yeah, you’re going to have to walk me through it. What can I say? I am a technical dunce.

      I’m glad you took the bait. Haven’t heard from Superman yet. I thought he might bite at my playful poke. I don’t you need to do the quote thing immediately. Soon though

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  2. Extremely insightful quote. And that movie is on almost everyone’s top movie list of all time.

    Except mine.

    I saw it once, and remember being impressed, but not overly so. I think I should watch it again and make sure I wasn’t just not totally there the first time. 😉

    (As a disclaimer, I recently did this with “Fight Club,” since everyone seemed to love it and I just thought it was okay. I watched it again, and just thought it was okay again. So who knows!)

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