The past five months have been some of the strangest in my life. When I stop and reflect on them, I see that I was living in a way that I have always admired in other people without even knowing. Because circumstances were beyond my control and the stress could have easily eaten me alive, I had to make a decision to look forward, live with the risks and just handle whatever was coming at me in the moment. At the time, it just felt like survival.
It’s been awhile since I’ve written and of course, the longer you wait to do something, the easier it is to build that something up in your head, until it seems enormous and out of reach, looming above your head. I tend to look at the things I am not accomplishing more closely than the things that I am experiencing at that very moment. When I look back at my notepad, I realize that I have been writing all along these last two months, just not in my usual format. Here are a few sentiments I wrote down that have stayed with me on the journey.
Fear can only hurt us if we let it.
Sometimes, the best way to solve a problem is to stop participating in it.
Well, why the hell not?
The best people possess a a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable, they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. -Ernest Hemingway
There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path.
Choose to see beauty.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. -Ernest Hemingway
The bad news is, people are crueller and meaner and more evil than you’ve ever imagined. The good news is people are kinder, gentler and more loving that you’ve ever dreamed.
Always be kinder than you feel.
Be quick and curious and playful and strong.
Don’t stumble over something behind you.
Trust the vibes you get from other people. Energy doesn’t lie.
Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better. -Maya Angelou
The trouble is, you think you have time. -Buddha
You don’t need a reason to follow your heart.
Don’t settle: don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it. -Chris Brogan
Wake up each day and say ‘Thank you.’
Silence is so accurate. -Mark Rothko
Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down in to the weary heart and making it shine like the rising sun.
Be happy for no reason.
If running is difficult, run more. This lesson applies to many things.
Fall in love often.
Doubt is your only disability. -Chris Mott
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body. -C.S. Lewis
Be filled with wonder. Be touched by peace.
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. -Mary Oliver