“Can you see the power emotion has to distort our outlook?
Makes you wonder,
did you have a bad day,
or did you make it a bad day.”
“I mused for a few moments on the question of which was worse,
to lead a life so boring that you are easily enchanted,
or a life so full of stimulus that you are easily bored.”
“Most people miss their whole lives, you know.
Listen, life isn’t when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at a sunset.
Life isn’t waiting at the altar
or the moment your child is born
or that time you were swimming in a deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you.
These are fragments.
10 or 12 grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence.
These are not life.
Life is brushing your teeth
or making a sandwich
or watching the news
or waiting for the bus.
Every day, thousands of tiny events happen
and if you’re not watching,
if you’re not careful,
if you don’t capture them and make them COUNT,
your could miss it.
You could miss your whole life.”
“This life is yours.
Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well.
Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly.
Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature.
Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you.
Take the power to make your life happy.”
“Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life.
A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job… .
And onward full-tilt we go,
pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute,
driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore.
To be hopeful,
to embrace one possibility after another-that is surely the basic instinct… .
Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris.
Time to take this life for what it is.”