Morality like art, means drawing a line some place.
“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.”
Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building
“At these best moments a great humility fused with a great ambition: to be only what I was, but to the utmost of what I was.”
Stephen Spender, World Within World
“For our duties and our needs, in all the fundamental things for which we were created, come down in practice to the same thing.”
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
“In the best times of my life I always think I am making room, even more room in me. Here I shovel away snow, there I raise aloft a piece of fallen sky; there are superfluous lakes, I let them run out (I save the fish), overgrown forests, I drive crowds of apes into them, everything is astir, but there’s never enough room, I never ask why, I never feel why, I just have to keep making room, on and on, and as long as I can do so, I merit my life.”
Elias Canetti, The Human Province
“I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Happy people build their inner world; unhappy people blame their outer world.
T. Harv Eker
Invest in yourself. You can afford it. Trust me.
Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.
Tyler Knott Gregson
“In my opinion, there are two types of perfect. The first is the type that seems so obvious and intuitive to you and everyone else that in a perfect world it would simply be considered standard; but, in reality, in our flawed world, what should be considered standard is actually so rare that it has to be elevated to the level of ‘perfect.’ This is the type of perfect that makes you and most other people think, ‘Why isn’t everything like this? Why is it so hard to find…’ a black V-neck cotton sweater, or a casual non-chain restaurant with comfortable booths, etc.–‘that is just exactly the way everyone knows something like this should be?’ ‘Perfect,’ we all say with relief when we finally find something like this that is exactly as it should be. ‘Perfect. Why was that so hard to find?’
“The other type of perfect is the type you never could have expected and then could never replicate.”
B. J. Novak, “Sophia,” in One More Thing
“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”
I stopped explaining myself when I realized people only understand from their level of perception.
Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.
Think once before you act, twice before you speak, and three times before you post on Facebook.
Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave.
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies, but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Sir. Francis Baco
Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.
Louis B. Smedes
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.
baseball player and manager
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.
Be the reason someone smiles today.
Popularity is for mediocre people.
Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head on.
Alice Duer Miller
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward
Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.
Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.
Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologizes or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.
When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.
“The only cure I’ve ever know for fear and doubt and loneliness is an immense love of self.”
If you want something that’s going to provide you with a lot of challenges and a variety of different things to do, then you really can’t beat a place like the Air Force. I don’t mean this to sound like a recruiting pitch. But it’s been a lot of fun.
I went to the University of Washington as a physics and astronomy major. My other interest, of course, was aviation. I always wanted to be a pilot. And if you’re going to fly airplanes, the best place to be is the Air Force.
Michael P. Anderson
“In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.”
His army incomparably holds, after long years, the abiding love of its surviving veterans. Who marched with it, fought with it, took part in its victories and defeats, shared its sufferings and joys; shall [never] be deaf when its deeds are sung, [nor] mute when rung out its plaudits!
Brig. Gen. G Moxley Sorrell, “Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer”, 1905 M
If your attack is going too well, you have walked into an ambush.
I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.
What all the wise men promised has not happened and what all the dammed fools said would happen has come to pass.
Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.
Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom.
John Mark Green
“Be there. Be open. Be honest. Be kind. Be willing to listen, understand, accept, support, and forgive. This is what it means to love.”
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving,”
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“In a retreat situation, you are forced to come face to face with yourself, to see yourself in depth, to meet yourself.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
“I am worthy of the best things in life, and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it.”
The most painful moment in my life also became the moment I showed the most strength and courage.
Too much rest is rust.
Sir Walter Scott,
You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.
media personality, businesswoman and philanthropist
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Animals stimulate us not only by touch, but by some deeply buried aspect of nature within us, a connection to part of something greater, more healthy, more whole.
What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
The only questions you need to ask yourself when you are feeling defeated or lost is, “Where am I not loving myself? How can I value myself more?”
Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.
We need to repair the social fabric, without which all other solutions are patch work.
The Mad Max franchise is a documentary about the time Australia’s internet went out for a month.
I’m not fully committed to the video until I turn my phone sideways.
We live in a age where we have to prove to machines that we are not machines.
A sheep spends it’s life fearing the wolves, only to be eaten by the shepherd in the end.
Calling our moon “the Moon” is kind of lame. Its like calling Earth, “the Planet.”
Elevators should have a ‘Cancel’ button for when you hit the wrong floor.
We will never know the world’s best-kept secret.
You will be exactly half as old as your mother only once in your life, and that is when you are the same age she was when she gave birth to you.
BING” could stand for “Because It’s Not Google”
I hate to spend $6.50 on six pieces of raw chicken, but don’t hesitate to spend $5 on one chicken sandwich.
It must suck to be an air conditioner repairman. You spend your day working in buildings that have no air conditioning. When it’s fixed and finally cool, you leave.
I would have appreciated taking baths more as a kid if I realized how cool it was to have a tub much larger than my body.
Restroom air dryers are a great way to warm your hands before wiping them on your jeans.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that our teeth don’t itch.
Because my employer makes us change system passwords every 30 days, I use weak, easy to remember passwords instead of choosing one strong password.
I love how optimistic bowling alleys are. After every gutter ball it lifts the remaining pins up and sweeps, like it’s saying “I’m sure you hit something buddy.”
“Cheaters never win” is really only true because all the cheaters who did win didn’t get caught.
Anyone working in customer service should be lawfully entitled to slap one (1) customer per a twelve (12) month period without consequences. Oh, and probably vice versa, to be fair.
Most people treat depression as if the depressed person sat down in a room, weighed out the pros and cons, and decided being depressed was a great option.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
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Humans require years of training to not sh*t themselves.
The first dude that accidentally drew an optical illusion must’ve thought he was going insane.
The worst part of having the hiccups is having to listen to people tell you their cure for the hiccups.
Receipts are the ghosts of money.
You never realize how loud things are until you’re sneaking around for a midnight snack.
Why do “do what makes you happy” commercials always show people that like to hike/adventure, and not show people that like to sit in a dimly lit room playing video games for hours on end.
Eye glasses make you look smart, but you fail a test to get them.
I’ll bet the guy who invented the snooze button never invented anything else.
For being in the middle of a heroin epidemic, we have some shitty music.
Paying with my plastic debit card leaves a paper trail, but paying with paper currency does not.
People get offended by an innocent fart, yet would bless you for sneezing which could easily give them the flu.
Some muscular hipster should start an artisanal landscaping company. Cutting the grass with a scythe, sh*t like that.
If you hate cats then you’re entitled to your opinion, but if you hate dogs then everyone tries to change your opinion.