Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It always comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
Power can manipulate, coerce and destroy. And as long as we are convinced we have none, power will always look negative. In fact, power means simply our capacity to act. From this lens, we have power – and often, much more power than we think. If we accept ecology’s insights that we exist in densely woven networks, then we must also accept that every choice we make sends out ripples, even if we’re not consciously choosing. So the choice we have is not whether, but only how, we can change the world.
Frances Moore Lappe
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints possibility never.
You are what your deepest desire is
As is your desire, so is your intention
As is your intention, so is your will
As is your will, so is your destiny.
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which
came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came
to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
If a man advances confidently in the direction of his dreams to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in the common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
We are not what we think we are, but what we think, that’s what we are.
Follow a compass, not a map.
What is to give light must endure burning.
Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Viktor E. Frankl
The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
You must give birth to your images
They are the future waiting to be born
Fear not the strangeness you feel
The future must enter you long before it happens
Rainer Maria Rilke
Uncertainty is frightening but certainty is ridiculous.
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in ones favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would come his way.
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrow,
who violently sweep your house
empty of all your furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
OUR DEEPEST FEAR
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I
to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won’t
feel insecure around you.
You were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our light shine,
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela / Marianne Williamson
Every now and then, go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
Leonardo da Vinci
Is there enough that I love about this company and these people to keep me here through the tough work coming up?
Primal Leadership: Goleman, McKee, Boyatis
A problem properly identified is half solved.
One is never afraid of the unknown: one is afraid of the known coming to an end.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Imagine a world in which everyone loved their work.