Thank you, rainbowsalt.
“I was never addicted to one thing, I was addicted to filling a void within myself with things other than my own love.”
– Yung Pueblo
“It scales better than competitiveness, frustration, pettiness, regret, revenge, merit (whatever that means) or apathy. Kindness ratchets up. It leads to more kindness. It can create trust and openness and truth and enthusiasm and patience and possibility.
Kindness, in one word, is a business model, an approach to strangers and a platform for growth.It might take more effort than you were hoping it would, but it’s worth it.”
Resurfacing this quote I posted in 2017. It’s so good.
“The body is everywhere assaulted by all of our new media, a state which has resulted in deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture throughout the world. In the age of disembodied communication, the meaning and significance and experience of the body is utterly transformed and distorted.”
Have I mentioned that I’ve been trying to figure out the Internet?”
– Eric McLuhan
Uranus, Eris, and the Riddle of the Internet, by Eric Francis Coppolino
(Thank you Tim)
Not Knowing What To Do
“Eventually we realize that not knowing what to do is just as real and just as useful as knowing what to do. Not knowing stops us from taking false directions. Not knowing what to do, we start to pay real attention.”
– David Whyte
“For me, success is not a public thing. It’s a private thing. It’s when you have fewer and fewer regrets.”
– Toni Morrison
When Someone Leaves
“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.”
– Paulo Coelho
“Home is where people notice when you’re not there.”
– Alexander Haymen
We Need A Spiritual and Cultural Transformation
“The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy – & to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation”
– Gus Speth
If It’s Right…
“If it is right, it happens –
The main thing is not to hurry.
Nothing good gets away.”
– John Steinbeck
“You have to be unreasonable to see the world that doesn’t yet exist!”
– Will Guidara
“The Good News” by Thich Nhat Hanh
They don’t publish
the good news.
The good news is published
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
“Play is the ultimate expression of freedom for its own sake.”
– David Graeber
The Kindest People
“The kindest people are not born that way, they are made. They are the sounds that have experienced so much at the hands of life, they are the ones who have dug themselves out of the dark, who have fought to turn every loss into a lesson. The kindest people do not just exist – they choose to soften where circumstance has tried to harden them, they choose to believe in goodness, because they have seen firsthand why compassion is so necessary. They have seen firsthand why tenderness is so important in this world.”
– Bianca Sparacino
Love Bianca’s writing? Follow her on Instagram and check out her book A Gentle Reminder.
Update: Resurfacing this post from 2021 as I keep coming back to it. Good reminder.
Hours Pass Like Minutes
“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?”
– Carl Jung
“Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know. ”
– Pema Chödrön
“Eye contact: how souls catch fire.”
— Yahia Lababidi
“For me, beauty is a physical sensation, something we feel with our whole body. It is not the result of judgement. We do not arrive at it by way of rules. We either feel beauty or we don’t.”
– Jorge Luis Borges
I am, because we are
“The African view is that a person is a person through other persons. My humanity is caught up with your humanity, and when your humanity is enhanced — whether I like it or not — mine is enhanced as well. Likewise, when you are dehumanized, I am dehumanized as well.”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The Bantu philosophy of “ubuntu” focuses on the power of community. Be famous within five miles.
there is brave in soft.
there is wild in simple.
there is peace in thunder.
there are songs in stillness.
– Jenthe Emma
The Antidote to our Existential Helplessness
“Rather than feel impotent and useless, you must come to terms with the fact that as a human being you are infinitely powerful, and take responsibility for this tremendous power. Even our smallest actions have potential for great change, positively or negatively, and the way in which we all conduct ourselves within the world means something. You are anything but impotent, you are, in fact, exquisitely and frighteningly dynamic, as are we all, and with all respect you have an obligation to stand up and take responsibility for that potential. It is your most ordinary and urgent duty.”
– Nick Cave
A Way of Life
“… Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.”
– Hunter S. Thompson
Read the full quote here.
The Nine Rules of Wile E. Coyote
“Chuck Jones, the brilliant animator who conceived of this most clever depiction of the banality and inevitability of repeated failure in the modern world, actually had “Rules” for the Coyote.”