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Recently…this blatantly affirmative quote caught my eye.
As you can see, Meryl Streep, the well-known Hollywood actress has grounded herself on a rock looking content, and very sure of herself.
Now do a double-take read on the quote!
She doesn’t beat around the bush, that’s for sure.
She has had enough of what she claims is wasting her time on people and situations which no longer deserve her patience.
I really liked Meryl’s affirmation. It reads like she is simply speaking her truth. I surmised that there might be a lot of women who are ready to take such a plunge into different waters.
I didn’t feel put upon or taken aback at all. It seemed obvious to me that she has come to a point in her life where she finds it necessary to make some new, and much bolder relationship choices.
I found her words strong, wise, and deliberate.
Although written [some might believe] in the negative, I believed her words may have sprouted from life long experience and seeds of wisdom.
I also noticed a mega-load of likes & comments spreading on searched websites and Facebook like wild fire.
Some might say “quote by Meryl” went viral.
But was that the reason???
Was it because the quote was presumed to be written by a woman??? Did it get lots of notice because of Meryl’s star power???
…and then came this blinding spotlight.
This quote was actually written in 1994 by almost unknown Jose Micard Teixeira, a Portuguese writer, life coach, and motivational speaker. He claimed to be testing out his truth.
Or…was Jose actually testing the emotional mettle of those who might eventually read his quote???
Frankly, after reading the quote with Meryl seated on that rock, I couldn’t wrap my head around such an emotional quote [you’ve read it right?] being the sentiments of a man.
“Does that make it sound more arrogant?” I must ask.
In a 2014 Obvious Magazine interview retracting the attribution to Meryl…
Jose Micard Teixeira said:
“That piece was written on a train ride from Lisbon to Oporto, one day when I was feeling a little disappointed with how certain things were happening in my life.”
“It was sort of something that I needed to get off my chest written in twenty minutes that represented the accumulation of several situations over months and also a liberation through words that, deep down, represent what a lot of people feel nowadays.”
“I’m passionate about writing about emotions and feelings. The true inspiration of everything I write comes from the realization and experience of that passion.”Well…blow me down.
So in 20 minutes on no particular day in history, a motivational speaker from Portugal [who just happens to be male], poured out this much emotion, then posted it on the internet, where it was misattributed to a critically acclaimed thespian with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
To the best of my knowledge and curious research, Meryl has never taken credit for the quote.
Is Meryl just the famous mouth which was kidnapped to bring the quote into mainstream consciousness?
There are some people who feel that the quote itself is a little unsettling. They feel the tone, the language, and the manner in which it is written is a bit off kilter. Do you resonate with this too? It may just with Meryl as well.
One lady said:
“After finding out that the true author is a male (Jose Micard Teixeira) I love the post even more!”
Then she slammed this: “Just goes to show the bloody judgmental comments some men had for Meryl and the statement proves true.”
“Women get judged all the time for being strong, assertive and sure of their convictions by men. BIG POINT MADE!!! Thank You Jose!!“
My final question is this:
“If Meryl had really penned this quote, can you imagine her [or any women] expressing the same sort of raw and deliberate affirmation in a more positive way?”
What are your thoughts?
*All images are thanks to Google and Pixabay!*