“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs (via storygoes)
“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.”—Tad Williams (via sleachta)
“Perhaps in the world’s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made. Oceans, mountains. The ponderous counterspectacle of things ceasing to be. The sweeping waste, hydroptic and coldly secular. The silence.”— Cormac McCarthy (The Road)
“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”— Lemony Snicket (The Beatrice Letters)
“If you are you breathe. If you breathe you talk. If you talk you ask. If you ask you think. If you think you search. If you search you experience. If you experience you learn. If you learn you grow. If you grow you wish. If you wish you find. And if you find you doubt. If you doubt you question. If you question you understand and if you understand you know. If you know you want to know more. If you want to know more you are alive.”—National Geographic (via aquaticuss)
A very helpful overview of the interplay between our conscious and unconscious minds, and the role our own thoughts play in determining how we act and feel.
Whether you understand its messages or not, your subconscious continually communicates with you through emotion-based action-signals to let you know where you are in relation to where you want to be. You’re not going to like this, however: Some of the most useful action signals are in the form of painful emotions.
Upsetting emotions, such as disappointment, unmet expectations or fears are useful feedback. They are action signals letting you know you are wired with high standards and want to do better (and are trying to figure out how!). Similarly, feelings of sadness, loneliness, detachment help you get in touch with your inner drives to meaningfully connect and contribute to others and life.
Painful emotions, one can say, are continual reminders that, even though you’re never going to achieve perfection, nevertheless, you are wired to figure out how to consciously live an optimally fulfilling, meaningful life (and, that your thinking patterns may be blocking your efforts, and thus, need your attention).
“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”—Neil Gaiman (The Kindly Ones)
“No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price. The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for shortcuts, usually in either of two very different ways. One shortcut is to become reckless: to act impulsively instead of expending the energy to first think through the consequences. The other shortcut is the ultimate energy saver: do nothing. Instead of agonizing over decisions, avoid any choice. Ducking a decision often creates bigger problems in the long run, but for the moment, it eases the mental strain. You start to resist any change, any potentially risky move.”
“Ego-depleted humans take illogical shortcuts and tend to favor short-term gains and delayed costs. They become inclined to take the safer, easier option even when that option hurts someone else.”
“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.”—Sasha Azevedo (via makes-me-smile)
“I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn’t create more suffering. I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.”—Ram Dass (via psychotherapy)
“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”—Stephen Hawking (via brfiction)
“How would it feel to live in a world where we choose our highest right and not our darkest wrong, where we lift each other instead of always and ever putting each other down?”—Richard Bach (via onherway)