Tag Archives: Inspiration

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” // Mary Oliver

“Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is… Read More »

“….every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place….” // Etty Hillesum

“I know that those who hate have good reason to do so. But why should we always have to choose the cheapest and easiest way? It has been brought home forcibly to me here how every atom of hatred added to the world makes it an even more inhospitable place…. I see no other solution.… Read More »

“I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world — present and in awe.” // Anne Lamott

“Let’s think of reverence as awe, as presence in and openness to the world. The alternative is that we stultify, we shut down. Think of those times when you’ve read prose or poetry that is presented in such a way that you have a fleeting sense of being startled(italics) by beauty or insight, by a… Read More »

The Universe of Possibility // Rosamund & Benjamin Zander

“On the whole, resources are likely to come to you in greater abundance when you are generous and inclusive and engage people in your passion for life. There aren’t any guarantees, of course. When you are oriented to abundance, you care less about being in control, and you take more risks. You may give away… Read More »

“….the best among us….do not occupy that perch because they were born with some innate talent….” // Anders Ericsson

“In my introduction to this book I spoke of how deliberate practice can revolutionize our thinking about human potential. I do not see this an exaggeration or overstatement. That revolution starts when we realize that the best among us in various areas do not occupy that perch because they were born with some innate talent… Read More »

“….think of life as a prototype.” // Tim Brown

“….think of life as a prototype. We can conduct experiments, make discoveries, and change our perspectives…..We can learn how to take joy in the things we create whether they take the form of fleeting experience or an heirloom that will last for generations. We can learn that reward comes in creation and re-creation, not just… Read More »

“Square astronaut, round hole.” // Chris Hadfield

“The windows of a spaceship casually frame miracles. Every 92 minutes, another sunrise; a layer cake that starts with orange, then a thick wedge of blue, then the richest, darkest icing decorated with stars. The secret patterns of our planet are revealed…. Floating in the airlock before my first spacewalk, I knew I was on… Read More »

“…the pursuit of money can, at best, mitigate the frustrations in your career….” // Clayton M. Christensen

“…..the pursuit of money can, at best, mitigate the frustrations in your career — yet the siren song of riches has confused and confounded some of the best in our society. In order to really find happiness, you need to continue looking for opportunities that you believe are meaningful, in which you will be able… Read More »

“My life has become an uninterrupted dialogue with You, Oh God…” // Etty Hillesum

“My life has become an uninterrupted dialogue with You, oh God, one great dialogue. Sometimes when I stand in some corner of the camp, my feet planted on Your earth, my eyes raised towards heaven, tears sometimes run down my face, tears of deep emotion and gratitude.” — Etty Hillesum (quoted by Patrick Woodhouse in… Read More »

“Love is the only rational act.” // Stephen Levine

“We all know that we’re dying…day by day we’re getting closer to our death. The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Many people close to dying have said that same thing, and I think there is a lot of truth in it. Don’t wait until… Read More »

“May your trails be crooked, winding….” // Edward Abbey

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through… Read More »