“Life… has to be lived for something, not just against something.”
-Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (137), in discussing the perspective of Martin Gray, holocaust survivor.
“I sat in my room and then it hit me, I had a choice. I could choose life or I could choose death. What I couldn’t do any longer was sit on the fence.
“I chose life.”
Me. Upgraded., A Crimson Thread
What are we but shards of stars, trapped in this paperweight we call existence?
-Nitin Lalit Murali, Breathe life into me
“The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world: it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s not about the destination, but about the journey. It’s not about reaching a place, but about realizing that the long road toward that place is, in fact, the place itself.
There’s no pursuit of happiness. There’s no reaching for something.
It’s just us and the long and winding road.
It’s just us and life.
And the way we choose to see things.
-Cristian Mihai, A matter of perspective
“Fear cannot kill you but it can stop you from living. It can stifle and stymie potential and ambition, preventing you from becoming the person you were created to be. But do you want to know a secret? Fear has a weakness, an Achilles heel, that when exposed and exploited will bring it crashing to its knees. That weakness is YOU. Which is why it hates you so much and devotes so much energy towards destroying you.
“You can conquer fear, overcome it and send it scurrying back to where it first crawled from. Fear is a bully. It hates to be confronted and exposed for the despicable coward it truly is. Stop running from it. Turn and face it. Raise your sword and strike it down dead in its tracks. Your sword is your story, your weapon the words within you that fear so wants you not to write….
You are the superhero you’ve been waiting for all this time.
“We are a tribe that fear cannot breach. Today I encourage you to embrace the freedom that is fearlessness. Throw off the shackles and stride out of your cell. Live your life and not a life sentence. Expose your fears for what they are. Write about them. For you are not alone anymore. Fear can be conquered. The resistance starts today.”
“Rhyme should be invisible and free verse should be sung.”
“Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Oliver Goldsmith, 1760 or 1761
“Every one of us is one Google search away from a list of instructions, that if you follow any of them, it will change your life. But how do you get out of your head and stop thinking about what you need to do and actually do it?
…If you’re stuck, that’s the problem. The problem is you’re in your head, you’re thinking. That is the universal problem; and it all starts with this knowledge of what to do and then you hesitate and you think about whether or not you feel like doing it.”
-Mel Robbins, The Secret to Self-Motivation (9:54)