Miserable vs Strong

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same”
― Carlos Castaneda

From Journey to Ixtlan, via Jocelyn.

Standing On A Little Ball of Dirt

“You’re just standing on one little ball of dirt and spinning around one of the stars. From that perspective, do you really care what people think about your clothes or your car?”
― Michael A. Singer

To Be Unavailable

“To be unavailable means that you deliberately avoid exhausting yourself and others… A hunter knows that he will lure game into his traps over and over again, so he doesn’t worry. To worry is to become accessible, unwittingly accessible. And once you worry, you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whoever or whatever you are clinging to.”
—Carlos Castaneda

From Journey to Ixtlan, via Jocelyn.

Change

“Nobody ever changes when they do things they like.”
— Marina Abramovic

(via Jocelyn)

‘Triggered’

“It is a milestone of maturity when we start to understand what triggers us and why – and to take steps to mitigate the most self-harming of our responses.”

How We Are Easily, Too Easily, ‘Triggered’

Let Your Life Tell You

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”
― Parker J. Palmer

Joy

“Joy isn’t a signal that you’re not serious. It’s a sign that you’re curious and engaged.”
Ingrid Fetell

One Confetto

“One confetto — which happens to be the singular of confetti, in case you were wondering –isn’t very joyful, but multiply it, and you have a handful of one of the most joyful substances on the planet.”
Ingrid Fetell

How Much Do You Want It?

“It doesn’t matter how much you want. What really matters is how much you want it. The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter was much as does the willingness to solve it.”
– Ralph Marston

Accepting Responsibility

“Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.”
– Ralph Marston

Confident Humility

“Whatever you’re doing, a sense of superiority will make you worse at it. Humility, on the other hand, will make you better.

The moment you think you’ve got it all figured out, your progress stops. Instead, continue to advance and improve by reminding yourself how much more there will always be to discover.

Confidence is positive and empowering, but arrogance is deadly. Be confident, but not at the expense of your respect for others.

Don’t burn up all your energy proving how great you are. Invest your time and energy being thoughtful and helpful.

See the victories not as proof of your supremacy, but as opportunities to offer more value to life. See the defeats not as personal affronts, but as chances to learn and grow stronger.

Take care not to waste your time in delusions of grandeur. Embrace the power of confident humility, and live well.”

Ralph Marston

(via Emerline)

Your Reality

“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
– Ralph Marston

The Internet Stopped Being Fun

“What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities.”

I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore, by Dan Nosowitz

So Few Grains of Happiness

Thank you for sharing this, Maria. It’s from Jane Hirshfield’s “The Weighing”.

Ambition

“Ambition is a noble passion which may legitimately take many forms… but the noblest ambition is that of leaving behind something of permanent value.”
G.H. Hardy

Small

“Small is not just a stepping-stone. Small is a great destination itself”
― Jason Fried

Error Message

“If you build software, every error message is marketing”
― Jason Fried

Pain is Energy

“When you feel pain, simply view it as energy. Just start seeing these inner experiences as energy passing through your heart and before the eye of your consciousness. Then relax. Do the opposite of contracting and closing. Relax and release. Relax your heart until you are actually face-to-face with the exact place where it hurts. Stay open and receptive so you can be present right where the tension is. You must be willing to be present right at the place of the tightness and pain, and then relax and go even deeper. This is very deep growth and transformation. But you will not want to do this. You will feel tremendous resistance to doing this, and that’s what makes it so powerful. As you relax and feel the resistance, the heart will want to pull away, to close, to protect, and to defend itself. Keep relaxing. Relax your shoulders and relax your heart. Let go and give room for the pain to pass through you. It’s just energy. Just see it as energy and let it go.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

Don’t Close

“The only thing you have to know is that opening allows energy in, and closing blocks it out. Now you have to decide whether or not you want this energy. How high do you want to get? How much love do you want to feel? How much enthusiasm do you want to have for the things you do? If enjoying a full life means experiencing high energy, love, and enthusiasm all the time, then don’t ever close.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

Thoughts

“The mind is a place where the soul goes to hide from the heart.”
– Michael Singer

From the Untethered Soul

One Basic Decision

“People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul

The Bosses We Remember

The bosses we remember:

1 provided safe space to grow
2 opened career doors
3 defended us when we needed it
4 recognized and rewarded us
5 developed us as leaders
6 inspired us to stretch higher
7 led by example
8 told us our worked mattered
9 forgave us when we made mistakes

(via Farbod Saraf)

Holding Things Together

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”
― Michael A. Singer

From the Untethered Soul, a book that is changing my life.

Creativity

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
— Albert Einstein

(via ode to things)