The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.
But some people can’t tell where it hurts.
They can’t calm down.
They can’t ever stop howling.
When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as i grow older, I admire kind people.
No need to sparkle. No need to be anyone but oneself.
My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.
Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
At the time when the pivotal incidents of my life took place, I had seen life very differently. Then, I saw myself as a person who had choices, and made conscious decisions about them, and who was therefore also fully responsible for her actions. There was nobody to help me understand that they were not considered decisions at all, but instinctive reactions to circumstances imposed upon me, for which I could in no way be held responsible. Perhaps what I was now trying to do was give myself some piece of mind by adjusting my perspective. I wanted a sort of moral amnesty, which only I could grant myself. It wasn’t that I was unwilling to accept responsibility for my actions. I had always carried an absolute sense of responsibility, and an overwhelming sense of guilt. But now I wanted to teach myself forgiveness.
Linda Olssen - The Kindness of your Nature
What is your favorite word?”
It is so hopeful.