If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.
– Leonard Cohen
When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.
When I pronounce the word Nothing,
I make something no non-being can hold.
This beautiful poem by Wisława Szymborska, Polish Nobel Prize winner (translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh)
We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.
– Mary Oliver
When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.
– Ernest Hemingway
I keep coming back to this over the years; one of my top 10 intentions for 2023
“You are what you love, not what loves you. ”
― Charlie Kaufman
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly… Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them…throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you…trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly…on tiptoes and no luggage…completely unencumbered.”
– Aldous Huxley
You are what you love, not what loves you.