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)
“When you take a job take a long look at the people you’re going to be working with — because the odds are you’re going to become like them, they are not going to become like you.”
— Robert Sutton
The age of judgement is over. I can feel it. We’re on the doorstep of the age of love, compassion and cooperation.
Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that’s what makes the jukebox spin.
- Willie Nelson
You don’t have to be hard. You have to be tough, you have to persevere, but you don’t have to be hard. The unemotional zero-vulnerability CEO type may be the standard personality that we imagine necessary to break boundaries, but you don’t have to be like that. So many people are not like that. Create your own community. Create your own customer or support base from people who understand that passion and drive does not have to be accompanied by ruthlessness. Manage and approach people your way. With kindness if that’s what you want to be surrounded by. Kindness enables hard work without anxiety. Surround yourself with people who work for passion and find their reward in watching people, animals, places becoming a bit more whole. A bit more safe from the destructive forces of ruthlessness.
I want to be a leader, a significant part of something large and good; something that requires all of me; risks, danger and wholehearted living.
Perhaps a mistake that humbles you is better than a victory that makes you arrogant.
“I would argue that caring for your body in traditional ways- like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and taking your vitamins- may be the least important part of your health. (I know! Radical idea coming from a doctor!) This may sound shocking to you. After all, you’ve probably watched many other doctors get on television to tell you that your health is all about using food as medicine, getting enough exercise, and avoiding bad habits. I’m not suggesting that those aren’t great health-inducing behaviors.
What I’m saying is that it doesn’t matter how great your diet is if your body is flooded with stress hormones. No amount of kale is going to counterbalance the toxic effects of high levels of cortisol and epinephrine on your body. So what’s the most important part of your health? The nature of your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. When your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings are positive, relaxation responses are activated, healing hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, nitric oxide, and endorphins are released, and the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms are activated, allowing the body to do what it does best - heal itself.”
- Lissa Rankin, M.D
Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life
Find out what is the absolute minimum you need to do to get the job done, and then polish the hell out of that.
He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow humans to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it.
— Charles H. Spurgeon
What was love? A wind whispering among the roses, no, a yellow phosphorescence in the blood. Love was a hot devil’s music that set even the hearts of old men dancing. It was like the marguerite, which opens wide as the night comes on, and it was like the anemone, which closes at a breath and dies at a touch.
Such was love.
It could ruin a man, raise him up again, and then brand him anew; it could fancy me today, you tomorrow, and someone else tomorrow night, that’s how fickle it was. But it could also hold fast like an unbreakable seal and blaze with unquenchable passion until the hour of death, because it was eternal. So, what was the nature of love?
Ah, love is a summer night with stars in the sky and fragrance on earth. But why does it make young men follow secret ways, and old men stand on tiptoe in their lonely rooms? Alas, love turns the human heart into a mildewed garden, a lush and shameless garden in which grow mysterious, obscene toadstools.
Doesn’t it make monks prowl by night through closed gardens and press their eyes to the windows of sleepers? And doesn’t it possess nuns with foolishness and darken the understanding of princesses? It can knock a king’s head in the dust, making his hair sweep the road as he whispers lewd words to himself, laughing and sticking out his tongue.
Such was the nature of love.
No, no, again it was very different, it was like nothing else in the whole world. It came to earth on a spring night when a young man saw two eyes, two eyes. He stared and saw. He kissed two lips—it was as though two flames met in his heart, a sun flashing at a star. He fell into a pair of arms, and he heard and saw no more in the whole wide world.
Love is God’s first word, the first thought that sailed through his brain. When he said, “Let there be light!” there was love. And everything that he made was very good, and no part thereof did he wish undone. And love became the world’s beginning and the world’s ruler; but all its ways are full of flowers and blood, flowers and blood.
- Knut Hamsun - from Victoria
finish each day and be done with it. you have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- ralph waldo emerson
The way to love someone is to lightly run your finger over that person’s soul until you find a crack, and then gently pour your love into that crack.
- keith miller