Planting Trees

“A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit.”
– Greek Proverb

People’s Reaction

“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

(From the wonderful book Big Magic)

Survival

“Survival is insufficient.”

The other day I told my friend Michelle, while speaking about my businesses, that I am not used to being in survival mode. I am used to creating, expanding, building, adding…

And she mentioned the quote “Survival is insufficient”. I feel this. But who is it by?

Choose Joy

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
– Henri J.M. Nouwen

The Power Of The Universe

“There’s something just as inevitable as death. And that’s life. Think of the power of the universe… turning the Earth, growing trees. That’s the same power within you. If you’ll only have the courage and the will to use it.”
– Charlie Chaplin

To Live Life Creatively

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”
– Alan Alda

Encouragement

“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.”
– George M. Adams

Life

:Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum.”
– Ansel Adams

Born With One Obligation

“We are born with only one obligation – to be completely who we are.”
– Mark Nepo

To Listen

“To listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.”
– Mark Nepo

Fewer Regrets

“For me, success is not a public thing. It’s a private thing. It’s when you have fewer and fewer regrets.”
– Toni Morrison

(via Kai)

Storm

“Every storm runs out of rain.”
– Maya Angelou

Completely Undone

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
— Cynthia Occelli

When A Lot of Things Start Going Wrong All at Once

“When a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born—and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.”
– Anne Lamott

Beauty

“If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”
– Ernst Haas

Patience

“Patience is also a form of action.”
– Auguste Rodin

Watch With Glittering Eyes

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

— Roald Dahl

Magic

“Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.”
— Arthur C. Clarke

I remember I saw someone use Shazam for the first time. It felt like magic.

Human Behavior

“See all human behavior
as one of two things:
either love,
or a call for love.”
Marianne Williamson

Why am I Seeing and Feeling This?

“Ask yourself: Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning? Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful. How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world.”
– Ansel Adams

(via Nitch)

This!

“Be curious, not judgmental.”
– Ted Lasso

Our Own Life

Our own life has to be our message.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Every Person

“Every person is a world to explore.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Nobody Will Stop You From Creating

“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow… The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don’t show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.”
– Kurt Vonnegut