“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
It’s been quiet on here. I realize. I spent the past few days with my dad in the hospital, in Switzerland, holding his hand and telling him over and over how much I love him. Wish I would have done that more often sooner. Maybe you can?
Also, what’s a word that describes both heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time?
Single women in China are courageously standing up against the pressure of being labelled “Sheng Nu”, or “leftover woman”. This hit in the heart.
(thank you Matt)
I really enjoyed this honest and vulnerable conversation between Chase Jarvis and Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water.
“Attract them by the way you live.”
– Saint Augustine
“Day and night he wrote visas. He issued as many visas in a day as would normally be issued in a month. His wife, Yukiko, massaged his hands at night, aching from the constant effort. When Japan finally closed down the embassy in September 1940, he took the stationery with him and continued to write visas that had no legal standing but worked because of the seal of the government and his name. At least 6,000 visas were issued for people to travel through Japan to other destinations, and in many cases entire families traveled on a single visa. It has been estimated that over 40,000 people are alive today because of this one man.”
“A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.
Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
Enormous Smallness: The Sweet Illustrated Story of E. E. Cummings and His Creative Bravery
“Don’t be fancy, just help people.”
– Glennon Doyle
“Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing life force. It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you.”
– Danielle LaPorte
Your desire to succeed doesn't have to prevent you from celebrating other people's successes.
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) October 14, 2018
“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.”
This hit home.
I watched the newest Mr. Rogers Documentary last night and it was just what my heart needed. It’s like a wave of kindness and love washing over you and restoring all faith in humanity. Watch it!
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says listening can help end the suffering of an individual. Watch as he explains how to practice compassionate listening.
Couch to 5K is one of the most popular exercise programs in the world, created by my office mate Josh Clark. He created the program in 1996 after getting over a relationship break-up by running. His system builds from a few seconds of running, to longer distances, over a series of weeks. I really should give this a try.
For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.
“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open.”