“If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”
"Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently."
"We cannot enjoy life if we spend our time and energy worrying about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow. If we’re afraid all the time, we miss out on the wonderful fact that we’re alive and can be happy right now."
"You stand by the sea coast, you stand by the edge of the Grand Canyon, you stand with your eye to a telescope, you stand there and you find your soul drawn out of yourself, and for a brief moment you are free from self-consciousness and self-absorption and it is the most fully satisfyingly deep wonderful moment."
"So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it."
the one that got away
there is always that person you’ll never really get over. you’ll go days without thinking about them, you’ll think it’s done. but then you’ll bump into them and the butterflies will still come and your stomach will drop to your toes and you’ll wonder if they can hear your heart pounding. you’ll probably blush and they’ll know you’re flustered. because they know you that well. you’ll be dating someone new and be convinced you’ve moved on…but someday you’ll be up late, getting ready for bed, you should have been asleep long ago, and all of a sudden they have subtly crept into your thoughts. it’ll be too late in the night to fight logic. so you’ll spend a few minutes feeling sad that you let them get away. and it’ll feel good to feel sad. because you’ve ignored acknowledging those feelings for a while. but then it’ll be time to move on again because you know that those lingering thoughts are only destructive. and you’ll remember….
it’s almost always a good thing that you let them get away.