I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.
The Shawshank Redemption
Following your bliss is useless. People are passionate about a lot of stupid things. It’s not a great mantra. Meaning, I think, comes from doing a full accounting of your limitations and assets, your passions and your weaknesses, your belief system and your fears, and then rubbing up against the things that cause you to panic, like an allergy skin scratch test, and find out what your reactions are. Once you figure out how you can contribute to the greater good, once you’re able even to define that, you take that information and pour yourself into one direction. Regardless of discomfort or regrets or what-ifs. (And then doing that over and over again, until death.) That does not fit on a T-shirt. That to me is more important than bliss, which would really just lead me back into bed, maybe with a bowl of corn flakes…
I ain’t going to give up. Every time you think I’m one place, I’m going to show up someplace else. I come prehated. Take your best shot.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art.
It takes much bravery to stand up to our enemies but we need as much bravery to stand up to our friends.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (via quote-book)
Pep Talk: The positive actions you take today are setting you up to have another wonderful day tomorrow. And the good work you do tomorrow puts you on track to have an awesome day after that. And so on until all your memories are fabulous and your present is superb… like it is right now.
Today remind yourself: I’m making history.