I’m very against this solipsistic notion that you find it all in your head. You don’t, there really is a world that’s there whether you’re in it or not.

Susan Sontag

16 People On Things They Couldn't Believe About America Until They Moved Here

…They were surprised that Americans live so far from family. These interpersonal issues may be related: perhaps the depth of relationships aren’t as strong here, and bonds quickly forged are more easily broken. I don’t know.

I do remember a Nigerian friend expounding on this by asking me, “If I woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to come with me, what would you say?”

“I’d ask what was going on…”

“You see,” he said. “My friends from my village would come with me, and on the way would ask, ‘Ade, where are we going?’”

The moment you enter into the world of words you start falling away from that which is. The more you enter into language, the farther you are away from existence.

Osho (via prometheanreach)

Must remember this. I love words too much.

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The misguidance of love is that it’s all about feeling good. But pride is what makes something worthwhile. Pride is what makes you care about the quality and impact of your work.
[…]
Loving what you do is not enough. The love we talk about when it comes to our work is fleeting. You can fall out of love through boredom or distraction, but pride runs much deeper. Pride doesn’t come and go with how fun things are. Pride is what gets you through the tough times when you just want to quit. Pride is the understanding that what you do and how you do it is a reflection of your character.


Francisco Dao on why, in the quest to find fulfilling work that doesn’t feel like work, loving what you do is not enough.
And yet, it’s crucial not to confuse pride with prestige, the ultimate warper of purpose. 

Another case of perfect timing.

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The misguidance of love is that it’s all about feeling good. But pride is what makes something worthwhile. Pride is what makes you care about the quality and impact of your work.

[…]

Loving what you do is not enough. The love we talk about when it comes to our work is fleeting. You can fall out of love through boredom or distraction, but pride runs much deeper. Pride doesn’t come and go with how fun things are. Pride is what gets you through the tough times when you just want to quit. Pride is the understanding that what you do and how you do it is a reflection of your character.

Francisco Dao on why, in the quest to find fulfilling work that doesn’t feel like workloving what you do is not enough.

And yet, it’s crucial not to confuse pride with prestige, the ultimate warper of purpose

Another case of perfect timing.

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cast all your votes for dancing

I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.
I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.
You can stay that way
And even bloom!

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel.

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring freedom

And Love.

Whenever you say God’s name, dear pilgrim,
My ears wish my head was missing
So they could finally kiss each other

And applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

O keep squeezing the drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter
And from the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one,
Be wise,
Cast all your votes for Dancing!

- Hafiz
(Who else?)

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

Henry Miller

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Explore: Cartoonist Chris Ware on Storytelling, Kindness, and the Power of Comics

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The Guardian did a live Q&A with Chris Ware, easily the greatest cartoonist working today and one truly good human. Here are the highlights.

On not planning or writing ahead of time, instead letting the story unfold organically — the same faith in emotional intuition over…

Looking inside someone else’s well-considered process really shows you who they are as a person… This inspired me.

One thing I’ve learned is that the quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” from Gandhi, is harder than you think. People are busy doing change, but being change—-living from a place of compassion and understanding and then working from that place—-just throughout your day can be much more difficult. I know this sounds kind of new-agey, but it really starts from the inside. You have to check your ego at the door.

"Why We’re Wrong about Social Change," Idealist.org Interview with Peter Buffett, via Medium

This wasn’t Buffett’s main point (he’s pushing, brilliantly, for greater innovation and capacity building rather than traditional, comfortable philanthropy), but I was happy to see it in here and to share it with you.

Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.

Malcolm X

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Without mindfulness, you can become very angry, greedy, very deluded. You may feel, ‘Oh, I’m a Buddhist now, I can do all these good things.’ That’s very egoistic. Ultimately, a Buddhist should work toward selflessness.

Sulak Sivaraksa, “In Exile from Siam” (via tricycle-tumbles)

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