13 Things It’s Time To Stop Avoiding — 8. Understanding that “happy” doesn’t mean not having problems, it just means being able to deal with them.
You have to stop avoiding the fact that happiness is something you find within yourself even if you’re in the trenches of life; it’s not something that will come upon you when you’re out of them.
Best quote on coffee that has ever been enunciated: “it’s like a hug in a cup.”
The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric [Preview]
People who are highly creative often have odd thoughts and behaviors—and vice versa.
Both creativity and eccentricity may be the result of genetic variations that increase cognitive disinhibition—the brain’s failure to filter out extraneous information.
When unfiltered information reaches conscious awareness in the brains of people who are highly intelligent and can process this information without being overwhelmed, it may lead to exceptional insights and sensations.
I want to do [crazy fitness goal] and [unrelated crazy fitness goal] at the same time. “Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” -Ron Swanson
“For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken.It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.” ―D.H. Lawrence
My top four:
- Metabolism isn’t magic.
- People evolve at different speeds.
- People are pretentious about jobs.
- You will never please everyone.
The imperfect attracts us
by Paulo Coelho on December 15, 2012
Beauty exists not in sameness but in difference.
Who could imagine a giraffe without its long neck or a cactus without its spines?
The irregularity of the mountain peaks that surround us is what makes them so imposing. If we tried to make them all the same, they would no longer command our respect.
It is the imperfect that astonishes and attracts us.
A sunset is always more beautiful when it is covered with irregularly shaped clouds, because only then can it reflect the many colours out of which dreams and poetry are made.
Pity those who think: ‘I am not beautiful. That’s why Love has not knocked at my door.’
In fact, Love did knock, but when they opened the door, they weren’t prepared to welcome Love in.
They were too busy trying to make themselves beautiful first, when, in fact, they were fine as they were.
They were trying to imitate others, when Love was looking for something original.
They were trying to reflect what came from outside, forgetting that the brightest light comes from within.
Waking up begins with saying ”am” and ”now”.
I was never teribly fond of waking up.
[O]nly fools possibly escape the simple truth.
That now isn’t simply now.
It’s a cold reminder. One day later than yesterday. One year later than last year.
It takes time in the morning for me to become George.
The time to adjust to what is expected of George and how he is to behave.
By the time I have dressed and put the final layer of polish on the now slightly stiff but quite perfect George I know fully what part I’m supposed to play.
Looking in the mirror staring back at me isn’t so much as a face as the expression of a predicament.
Just get through the goddamn day.
A bit melodramatic, I guess.
5. When in doubt, just wear black
New York taught me this rule and I’ll forever be indebted to the city because of it. Ever struggling over what to wear? Just wear black. I’m serious. If you’re a girl, just put on a black dress and call it a damn day. If you’re a dude, just wear black boots, black jeans, a white t-shirt (to avoid being too goth) and a black jacket. Done. Wearing black makes everyone look a little bit more high fashion, which is ridiculous because it usually requires no innovation or skill. When I dress head to toe in black, it doesn’t mean I have a good fashion sense. It just means that I was too lazy to put in any thought to my outfit. It’s your go-to, your “Get out of fashion jail free” card. Use it!
And of course, I think the way we design and assemble our clothes has the potential to speak volumes about who we are, but I also think the look we project has to do with way more than the clothes: it’s not about what we wear per se, but how we carry ourselves. The attitudes we put forth. How comfortable we are in our wrappings. It’s about how we wear our clothes, instead of the other way around.
12. Encountering people who actually smile, say hello, and hold doors open — thus reaffirming your faith in humanity.
4. Enjoy your journeys. Many times, the trip there is more gratifying than the arrival.
"Anything can happen in the woods…." - Cinderella’s Prince (via Magical Photos of the Mysterious Woods - My Modern Metropolis)