Stand on the shoulders of giants, drink some of their wisdom, get inspired, and then go define your life reminder, your purpose strategy, your inner compass.
Our noisy world strips us of our sense of choice and agency, so we take the options that we see. We live a reactive life rather than a proactive one, get tossed about by the wild wild west of news and media, think that our MBA--rather than a deeply personal process and agenda--is the source of our knowledge and advancement.
But what delusion!
You are the filter of the beliefs you obtain, the choices you make, the actions you take.
Darling, just fuckin' own it!
Here is a collection of powerful reminders that inspired me throughout the years. They reminded me when I needed to be. They reminded me that there is only one way. And that is my way.
We all need a shoulder to lean and grow on sometimes.
Personally, I am grateful to be standing on their and other powerful shoulders in times when mine need a few more muscles:
- “Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don't embrace the status quo. Find new ways to see. Never expect a silver bullet. Get your hands dirty. Listen with empathy and over-communicate with transparency. Tell your story, refusing to let others define you. Use authentic experiences to inspire. Stick to your values, they are your foundation. Hold people accountable, but give them the tools to succeed. Make the tough choices; it's how you execute that counts. Be decisive in times of crisis. Be nimble. Find truth in trials and lessons in mistakes. Be responsible for what you see, hear, and do. Believe.”
― Howard Schultz
- "Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life."
- Morihei Ueshiba
"The truth is, if our love can hold space for paradox, tension, and disagreement, there's room for all types of beliefs and opinions.
Division is a choice.
Life isn't a Facebook feed.
Our love, our listening, must bring in, not edit out.
Dare to listen, dare to be quiet, dare to seek understanding; in the end, it's the people we need to love, not their opinions.
How do you listen when you disagree with what’s being said?”
- How to disagree
"So, to discover whether there actually is or is not something beyond this anxious, guilty, fearful, competitive existence, it seems to me that one must have a completely different approach altogether. The traditional approach is from the periphery inwards, and through time, practice and renunciation, gradually to come upon that inner flower, that inner beauty and love -- in fact to do everything to make oneself narrow, petty and shoddy; peel off little by little; take time; tomorrow will do, next life will do -- and when at last one comes to the centre one finds there is nothing there, because one's mind has been made incapable, dull and insensitive.
Having observed this process, one asks oneself, is there not a different approach altogether -- that is, is it not possible to explode from the centre?"
“What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.”
-Allain de Botton
"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness—that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what—at last—I have found.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me."