Raising children who are hopeful and who have the courage to be vulnerable means stepping back and letting them experience disappointment, deal with conflict, learn how to assert themselves, and have the opportunity to fail. If we’re always following our children into the arena, hushing the critics, and assuring their victory, they’ll never learn that they have the ability to dare greatly on their own.
— Brené Brown
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
— Abraham Lincoln
Love is like a bruise;
first a dashing periwinkle then
a sullen lime-green
then a hangdog sort of ochre until
it fades with age.
You and I, how will it end –
wounds without poultice,
questions without answer,
just canvassing on:
the rumor of colors.
— Laksmi Pamuntjak
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment;
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
— Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
September 22, 2013 at 9:05pm
It is not enough to be busy. We must ask: “What are we busy about?”
— Henry David Thoreau
September 9, 2013 at 6:05am
An Ode to Creative Work
Behind every great advancement, in every industry, there is a creative mind. Creativity may come easy, but creation is hard. The late nights spent trying, and failing, and trying again.
All the while, holding onto our vision. Pushing what we see in our mind’s eye into the world.
But our potential is being held captive by forces around us and within us.
Middle men who play us down while marking us up. Not giving us credit. Getting us to work for free.
And worse, we get in the way of our own success. We rely on chance encounters. We’re disorganized and isolated, liable to go unnoticed.
We can do better.
When creative minds come together, the sum exceeds all expectations. We connect, we learn, we critique, we prosper.
It’s not about money or fame, it’s about doing what we love. It’s about creating our greatest work on our own terms. It’s about realizing that creativity is not just an opportunity – it’s a responsibility.
Here’s to unleashing our full potential. For us, and for the world that awaits what we will do next; Take creative control.
You have learnt so much,
And read a thousand books.
Have you ever read your Self?
You have gone to mosque and temple.
Have you ever visited your soul?
You are busy fighting Satan.
Have you ever fought your ill intentions?
You have reached into the skies,
But you have failed to reach what’s in your heart!
— Bulleh Shah