Thoughts that changed this life..

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“When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.” ~ Paul Kalanithi (1977-2015), wrote in his Stanford Medicine essay what he wished to tell his infant daughter.  

On Life:

  • Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. ~ Anne Frank, The Diary Of Anne Frank
  • Life is a either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller
  • Little in life is of much consequence. ~ Unknown
  • We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. ~ John Lennon
  • True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care-with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world. ~ David Foster Wallace
  • A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. ~ John F. Kennedy
  • In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. ? ~ Hunter S. Thompson
  • Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~ Anais Nin
  • Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in the old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are,
    One equal-temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
    ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson (Ulysses)

On Self-reflection:

  • That state of simplest form of awareness alone, is worthy of seeing, hearing, contemplating and realizing. ~ The Upanishads
  • As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. ? ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. ~ Alan Watts
  • You have no need to look beyond yourself, what you seek is within you, if only you reflect. ~ Ali Ibn Abi Talib
  • Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. ~ Robert M. Pirsig
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain.
  • Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  • If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. ~ Maya Angelou
  • My name is someone and anyone. ~ Jorge Luis Borges.
  • I was lying in bed one night and I thought ‘I’ll just quit—to hell with it.’ And another little voice inside me said, ‘don’t quit—save that tiny little ember of spark.’ And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, You can start the greatest fire again. ~ Charles Bukowski
  • And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found. ~ Pema Chödrön
  • Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

On Now:

  • You can see and hear with your eyes and ears, but you can’t experience anything without the presence of mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda
  • It’s always Now. ~ Eckhart Tolle

On Time:

  • Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. ~ Susan Ertz
  • Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor
  • Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

On Gratitude:

  • If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • Could fulfillment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Love must reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment and in the LACK! Not in the contentment. ~ Kiran Desai

On Parenting:

  • Go home and love your family. ~ Mother Theresa.
  • When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ~ Fred Rogers
  • Mothers who know, do less. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. They spend more time with their children; more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. ~ Julie Beck

On Empathy:

  • All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others. ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Life is an adventure in forgiveness. ~ Norman Cousins
  • People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • Empathy is created when we imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes. It doesn’t mean we have to end up in the same place. ~ Aspen Baker
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou
  • Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~ Plato

On Change:

  • I am not inspired by helping you find Chinese food at 2am in Dallas, or swipe right to get laid. I want to use tech and data to make the world a better place. ~ Nancy Lublin
  • Glaciers are trying to tell us something. ~ Erin Pettit
  • We cannot train women and forget about the men. We should train men to know the potential of women. ~ Sakena Yacoobi

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  1. ‘Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’

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