Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf. The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf's job of trimming the herd to fit the range.
He has not learned to think like a mountain.
Hence we have dustbowls, and rivers washing the future into the sea.
~ Aldo Leopold (1949)
Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.
- Hayao Miyazaki
And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair flying and your eyes shining.
Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right. Because, I think there’s something inside of you—and inside of all of us—when we see something and we think, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—THAT is what life is. And I think you might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s special. And if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself. Now you know. A mystery is solved. So, I think you should just give it a try. Just inch yourself out of that back line. Step into life. Courage. Risks. Yes. Go. Now.
- Amy Poehler
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
People are seldom happy unless they are sustaining themselves and making a contribution to others.
- Zig Ziglar
Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t.
- John Piper
Don’t put your happiness in other people’s hands.
They’ll drop it.
They’ll drop it every time.
- C. Barzak
Unless we can give ourselves permission to
A) Keep a promise to ourselves, and
B) have fun,
we’re not going to win.
You’re waiting to not be feel fear and that’s never going to happen. If you want this, it’s there for you. But you have to jump through the fear.
Grateful. For all the mind-blowing amazing gifts of my life. For being me. For understanding that I am enough. For understanding that I have a beautiful, unique, fully sufficient way of creating, releasing, passing on and in general propagating love in the world. Promote life, freedom of fear, and love. Live through, of, in love.
Relax, use your fingertips. Do things assuming that it will be fun and effortless. Expect nothing. Do more, need less, dream big, laugh a lot and think deeply about your blessings and capacities.