Aug 15, 2017

Aber wir sind um so stärker, je mehr wir das Leben anerkennen, je mehr wir im Innersten mit dem einig sind, was uns von außen geschieht.
— Hermann Hesse
I have never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Aug 11, 2017

When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. It’s good to keep this in mind.
— Marcus Aurelius (via swissmiss | Virtues Visibly Embodied)

Aug 10, 2017

The real secret to motivation is that you don’t need it.

Aug 9, 2017

To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life (via Orange Crate Art: Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity)

Aug 5, 2017

The whole thing threatens to collapse into paradox: your view of someone else’s circumstances as more appealing arises from a perspective shaped entirely by your own interests and values. If you actually did have that person’s possessions, relationships and status, you’d be someone else. And who’s to say you’d share those interests and values? You’d probably just be envious of someone else. The grass is always greener at a distance. Which, come to think of it, is maybe why Trump seems to be spending his presidency on a never-ending tour of golf courses.

Aug 4, 2017

There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.

Aug 2, 2017

Nostalgia, which fuels our resentment toward change, is a natural human impulse. And yet being forever content with a spouse, or a street, requires finding ways to be happy with different versions of that person or neighborhood.

Jul 28, 2017

If you want to build a ship, dont drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast endless sea.
— Antoine De Saint-Exupery (via swissmiss | Build A Ship)

Jul 25, 2017

We are addicted to our phones not because we rely on them, but to the extent that we recruit them to a harmful project of self-avoidance. They do not mean to hurt us. But we may – and probably do – use them to injure ourselves. Addiction sounds horrible. But it is a hard name for a normal inclination: a habit of running away from the joys and terrors of self-knowledge.
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