“I like people who have a sense of individuality. I love expression
and anything awkward and imperfect, because that’s natural and that’s
real.” – Marc Jacobs
“I like messy people; people who don’t fit in a box or stay between
the lines, but whose integrity is greater than any rule book and whose
loyalty is stronger than blood.” – Jim Wern
“Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing.
Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is
sure.” – Baruch Spinoza
“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – e. e. cummings
“Sometimes I worry about being a big a success in a mediocre world.” – Lily Tomlin
“Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.” – Anais Nin
“As a rule nobody asks you to do your life’s work. More often, at least in the early going, you have to do your life’s work as a self-appointed task. And in the early going you’re not very good at it. It is a learning thing, expensive, demanding, relentless. That’s how it has gone for me at least, paring down the list of reasons I was born until only a few likely candidates were left standing.
In older ways of life in other places the village drummers are there to play the polyrhythms, all the contrapuntal extravaganza they can learn, but they don’t play the Rhythm inside those rhythms. They know it – everybody knows it – but they don’t play it. That is the work of the Holy, they say, to play that simpler, steadier Rhythm.
That Holy Rhythm is the time signature of life itself, sometimes a loping cadence that drives whole villages down to the river to pray, and sometimes a thrum that carries someone out to walk solitary in a snowy field at day’s end while the light is dying and the shadows go violet, without witnesses, staring out.
And so your life might go, as you quicken to your purpose: you get far enough into the sway of it to learn that you’ve been playing everything around the Rhythm, everything but the Rhythm itself, trying all the possibilities you found until all that’s left is to be played by the simple, ragged syncopation of your days. That’s when the Rhythm finally is able to have its way with you. That’s how finding what you were born to do seems to be, like answering at last someone who’s been calling your name faithfully for years.
You play the rhythms and you learn the Rhythm, and you move accordingly: the ancestors of us all would have known that as the way of human being.” – Stephen Jenkinson
“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman
“Many people misunderstand the concept of safety. They think they can gain it by protecting themselves from other people or choosing safe people. Safety actually occurs when we learn to trust our ability to take care of ourselves.” – Mary MacKenzie
“We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” – Anais Nin
“The tree in winter is like
The lines upon my father’s face
Or like the paths I tried to take
When I was you searching
For one clear way to understanding.
In every branch I found
A smaller branch leading me
Toward many ends and many sorrows.
Too fragile to bear my weight,
All my branches broke
And I fell to the earth confused.
I saw the tree in winter
Reaching toward the sky
With bare branches tangled
Like so many paths and yet
Each path had a purpose,
Leading back to the roots of the tree.”
– Nancy Wood
“There are two purposes to life. The first is to be born. The second is to find out who was born.” – Zen proverb
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus