Small Kindness

I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead — you first,” “I like your hat.”
– Danusha Laméris

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Trying Too Hard

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly… Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them…throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you…trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly…on tiptoes and no luggage…completely unencumbered.”
Aldous Huxley

Lurkers

“There’s nothing wrong with lurkers. Lurkers are potential action-takers.For now, though, our focus, our energy and our gratitude is for the people who are already showing up.”

Seth Godin

Separateness

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Life is Absurd

“The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.”
Albert Camus

Jokes

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”
— David Ogilvy

(via quotesondesign)

Whatever You Are

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Empty Brain

“Wonderful things can happen when your brain is empty.”
– Maira Kalman

This Scene

“You are what you love, not what loves you.”

Incentive

“Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome”
– Charlie Munger

Criticizing vs Creating

“Criticizing is easy and fast. Creating is difficult and slow.

The two hours you spent on a book or movie usually took to years to produce.

Anyone can tear down someone else’s work. The true test of insight is whether you can help them improve it or build something of your own.”

– Adam Grant

Jumping Into The Void

“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”
Jean-Luc Godard

Strip Away What I Have Been Taught

“I said to myself, ‘I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me…shapes and ideas so near to me…so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down.’ I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

Love / Looking

“Love comes by looking.”
Alma Thomas

The Energy You Allow

“You are responsible for the energy you bring. And you are responsible for the energy you allow.”

I listened to a Super Soul Podcast this weekend (don’t remember which one) and overheard Oprah say this quote. Whoa!

Limits of My World

​“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
–Ludwig Wittgenstein

Part of The Dance

“You can do it like it’s a great weight, or you can do it like it’s part of the dance.”
– Ram Dass

Find Your Own Rainbow

“You have to find your own rainbow to follow. There is no gold at the end of somebody else’s rainbow.”
– Bill Grundfest

(from this epic thread)

Selfishness, Greed and Apathy

“I used to think the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought with 30 years of good science we could address those problems, but I was wrong.

The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy – and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

Gus Speth

Love Someone As They Are

“Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.”
– Wes Angelozzi

A Posse of Misfits

Create magic together.

The Art Of Disappearing

“When they say Don’t I know you?
say no.

When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
before answering.
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.

If they say We should get together
say why?

It’s not that you don’t love them anymore.
You’re trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.

When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven’t seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don’t start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.

Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.”

Naomi Shihab Nye

Little Bit of Good

“Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world.”
– Desmond Tutu

Running Into A New Year

I am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that I catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises and
it will be hard to let go
of what I said to myself
about myself
when I was sixteen and
twentysix and thirtysix
even thirtysix but
I am running into a new year
and i beg what I love and
I leave to forgive me

— Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)