Intention/Tension

“Too much intention creates tension.”
Moojiji

Attention – Energy

“Life is about the management of energy, where you place your attention, is where you place your energy.”
— Dr. Joe Dispenza

Slow Moments

“do not be afraid of slow moments.”
— yung pueblo

Overcoming The Need to Be Exceptional

“It’s a rather simple question that quickly gets to the core of someone’s sense of well-being and legitimacy: did your childhood leave you feeling that you were – on balance – OK as you were? Or did you somewhere along the way derive an impression that you needed to be extraordinary in order to deserve a place on the earth?”

Overcoming the Need to Be Exceptional

Paying Attention

“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”
— Keanu Reeves

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Listen Completely

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”
— Ernest Hemingway

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Grow Young

“It takes a long time to grow young.”
— Pablo Picasso

The Truth

“The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not in the think of it.”
— Stanley Kubrick

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Treated as Equal

“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
— Barack Obama

Speaking Advice

“Don’t memorize your talk. Memorize your stories. Ten stories make a talk. Write yourself a simple cue card to remember each story’s name. Then tell us ten stories.”

If there is one person I would take speaking advice from, it’s Seth Godin.

Walking And Thinking

“There is nothing more revealing than to see a thinking person walking, just as there is nothing more revealing than to see a walking person thinking… Walking and thinking are in a perpetual relationship that is based on trust.”
Thomas Bernard

Team Human

“We have to spend time with each other that is not digital. Civic organizations, libraries and social institutions that pre-date consumerism are all viable alternatives. If we reacquaint ourselves without digital crutches, I believe we’ll be less afraid of each other. Turn off the TV and go outside and start talking to people and then people who are inside will want to come out and see what’s going on. That is a type of influence that is sorely needed. It is peer-to-peer influence and it is an innately human social order.”

Douglas Rushkoff, Fighting for #TeamHuman

Three Things Matter

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
— ???

A Joyously Spectacular Life

“If all you did was just looked for things to appreciate, you would live a joyously spectacular life.”
― Esther Abraham Hicks

Hard or Easy

“When you believe something is hard, the universe demonstrates the difficulty. When you believe something is easy, the universe demonstrates the ease.”
― Esther Abraham Hicks

Deliberate Creative Process

“The combination of being more deliberate about what you want, more clear about what you intend, and more sensitive to the way you feel is, in essence, what the Deliberate Creative Process is all about.”
― Esther Abraham Hicks

Deactivate A Thought

“The only way to consciously deactivate a thought is to activate another. In other words, the only way to deliberately withdraw your attention from one thought is to give your attention to another.”
― Esther Abraham Hicks

Beyond the Dark Forest

“When I realized I didn’t know how to be myself online, my first thought was: Who cares? It doesn’t matter. It’s just the internet.

But the more I thought about it, the more I started thinking that it did matter. There’s tremendous value in coming into yourself as a person. Why wouldn’t that be true online, too? Recognizing that my online self was lacking, I made a commitment to learn how to be myself on the internet.

I started with a simple exercise. For one week, I would tweet twice a day. (Normally I tweet about once a month.) I wouldn’t try to impress or be cool. I would try to be real and share what was actually on my mind.”

Beyond the Dark Forest , by Yancey Strickler

Confused Harmony

“All I want is a partner who is way out of my league but thinks that I’m way out of their league and we’ll live together in perfect confused harmony with a dog.”

This quote made me laugh out loud.

Shift vs Support Response

“Shift responses are a hallmark of conversational narcissism. They help you turn the focus constantly back to yourself. But a support response encourages the other person to continue their story. These days, I try to be more aware of my instinct to share stories and talk about myself. I try to ask questions that encourage the other person to continue. I’ve also made a conscious effort to listen more and talk less.”

Shift Response
Mary: I’m so busy right now.
Tim: Me too. I’m totally overwhelmed.

Support Response

Mary: I’m so busy right now.
Tim: Why? What do you have to get done?

The Mistake I Made With My Grieving Friend

Rules for Being Human

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Signs of Healing

“More observing, less judging.
More responding, less reacting.
More self-love, less sabotage.
More boundaries, less resentments.
More inner peace, less outer chaos.
More clarity, less confusion.
More being, less doing.
More faith, less fear.”

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Old Friends

“Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Society

“Society is not some grand abstraction, my friends. It’s just us. It’s the words we use, which are the thoughts we have, which determine the actions we take.”
– Umair Haque