“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

(via Gretchen Rubin’s Newsletter)

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  1. Hi Tina,

    I just want say how much you’ve inspired me in every way of life, that your posts have always been a valuable reminder to stay curious and to learn much more about this universe.

    Thank you Tina!

  2. The things you gather up are so often exactly the things I want to think about. It made me laugh that you found this through Gretchen. If you don’t already see her regularly, ask her to lunch. You two think similarly, and conversations with her are really chewy.