Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.”
“Don’t let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.”
“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.”
“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!”
Penelope Riley, Travel Absurdities
“Travel is the only context in which some people ever look around. If we spent half the energy looking at our own neighborhoods, we’d probably learn twice as much.”
Lucy R. Lippard, On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place
“Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”
No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.”
Success builds character, failure reveals it.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
social reformer and independence movement leader
I do know there’s a miracle going on. We can tamp that down and be asleep, but I sense theres an intuitive knowing that something is wanting to be birthed through each of us.
“It is never easy to confront life-changing news, especially when you are deeply embroiled in the everyday and the banal, which we always are. They absorb almost everything, make almost everything small, apart from the few events that are so immense that they lay waste to all the everyday trivia around you.”
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book 2
Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.
“The [hay] rack stood as if it had been there forever across the landscape and lit by the sun with its long shadow behind it, and in harmony with every fold of the field and finally turned into a mere form, a primordial form, even if that was not the word I used then, and it gave me huge pleasure just to look at it. I can still feel the same thing today when I see a hayrack in a photograph from a book, but all that is a thing of the past now…so the feeling of pleasure slips into the feeling that time has passed, that it is very long ago, and the sudden feeling of being old.”
Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses
Because I have known despair, I value hope.
Because I have tasted frustration, I value fulfillment.
Because I have been lonely, I value love.
Solitude is an unmarked place beyond the borders of the map, a place where most fear to tread. It’s no surprise then, that this is where the greatest secrets and most valuable treasures are often hidden.
Uncertain as I was, I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something.
End of story.
I like people who have a sense of individuality. I love expression and anything awkward and imperfect, because that’s natural and that’s real.
Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.
But don’t allow yourself to be used.
But don’t allow your heart to be abused.
But don’t be naive.
But don’t lose your own voice.
Be very careful of people whose words don’t match their actions.
Do not mock a pain you haven’t endured.
Don’t chase. Get chosen.
If you are your authentic self, you have no competition.
No one is you and that is your power.
I’m not beautiful like you, I’m beautiful like me.
You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged, but you’ve made it this far and I think that’s really brave.