sometimes people say things that influence the way i live my life.
on taking action
don't just think, do.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
-- some sorta chinese proverb
Most days, if you're aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently at this fat, dead-eyed, over-made-up lady who just screamed at her little child in the checkout line - maybe she's not usually like this; maybe she's been up three straight nights holding the hand of her husband who's dying of bone cancer, or maybe this very lady is the low-wage clerk at the Motor Vehicles Dept who just yesterday helped your spouse resolve a nightmarish red-tape problem through some small act of bureaucratic kindness. Of course, none of this is likely, but it's also not impossible - it just depends on what you want to consider.
-- David Foster Wallace
If you feel like you don’t fit in this world, it’s because you’re here to help create a new one.
-- Jocelyn Dahler
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
Choose courage over comfort by vitally engaging with new opportunities to learn and grow, rather than passively resigning yourself to your circumstances.
-- Susan David
You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.
-- The Music Man
Some lack the fickleness to live as they wish and just live as they have begun.
Rather than ask “What do I want to be when I grow up?” ask, “In what way do I wish the world were different?"
-- Angela Duckworth
Life Scorecard // Times when I thought "I'm not really happy here, but maybe this is the best I can expect and I'll regret giving it up." ...It turned out I... should have stayed (2), should have left sooner (13).
-- XKCD // Randall Munroe
what's the point if you're not bein' rill?
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Ambition means tying your happiness to what other people say or do. … Sanity means tying it to your own actions.
-- Marcus Aurelius
Free yourself to create music, not applause.
-- Susan David)
Learn how to hear the heartbeat of your own why.
-- Susan David)
Be interested instead of interesting.
put on your own oxygen mask before you put on others'.
Resilience is how you recharge, not how you endure.
-- Shawn Achor
We have grown up in a culture in which we can be extremely hard on ourselves, causing ourselves astounding amounts of pain to little good effect. If we can learn to substitute wise remorse, a remorse that simply says, “Well, that didn’t work, and this is unfortunate. I should try my best to figure out why and hopefully do something better next time,” we will be much more able to train successfully in living a good and useful life.
-- Daniel Ingram
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. -- Seneca
Self-compassion involves wanting health and well-being for oneself and leads to proactive behavior to better one’s situation, rather than passivity. And self-compassion doesn’t mean that I think my problems are more important than yours, it just means I think that my problems are also important and worthy of being attended to.
-- Kristen Neff
see what you wanna see.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-- Albert Einstein
I don’t really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are.
We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.
The reason that most of us are so unhappy most of the time is that we make our goals for the people we are when we set them, not for the people we’re going to be when we reach them.
-- Dan Gilbert
Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.
-- Karen Salmansohn
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-- Winston Churchill
When you say yes to something, remember that you’re actually saying no to everything else.
If it were easy, everyone would do it.
If you’re envious of someone–of their success, or something they have–you have to be envious of everything that goes with it.
-- Dan O’Brien
on being alive
The comfort zone is definitely not comfortable. It should be called the “misery zone” or the “missing-out-on-life” zone.
-- Russ Harris
I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
-- Kurt Vonnegut
Embrace an evolving identity and release narratives that no longer serve you. Let go of unrealistic “dead people’s goals” by accepting that being alive means sometimes getting hurt, failing, being stressed, and making mistakes.
-- Susan David
Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
-- William Saroyan
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
-- Thomas Merton
You can’t change what people do to you, but you can change how you react to it.
Creation of wonderful things is what makes the world beautiful.
Take your broken heart, and make it into art.
-- Carrie Fischer
Take the mundane and make it extraordinary.