Other people’s words

A friend tried to recommend a new book to me today and I almost snapped at him; I already have too many books in-process right now, and it’s stressing me out. It’s time to start finishing some of them to make room for the next crop.

I don’t know why I’ve been allowing this current class to linger for so long. Maybe I’ve grown a bit of an attachment. I like coming home to find those familiar friends hanging around.

I’ve compiled a list of favorite passages from some of the books I’ve been reading lately. I’m hoping this will help me get comfortable letting them go. I know it’s time to finish these books and move on, but it’s just so hard to say goodbye. Here goes nothing…

Other People’s Words

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. –Howard Thurman

If we want to have meaning, we have to make art. –Brene Brown

Readers will like you if you edit from your work French phrases, obscure literary allusions, and archaic words that are known to only six persons in the world. –Gary Provost

Nobody steps onto a stage and gets a standing ovation for being human. You have to sing or dance or something.                –Donald Miller

You aren’t afraid of the kaleidoscope — you don’t cry every time an appearance in the kaleidoscope disappears. –Thich Nhat Hanh

Don’t get me wrong. Love is wonderful and our getting to know each other was the harvest of a long season of farming. But true intimacy is just like that: it’s the food you grow from well-tilled ground. And like most things good for us, it’s an acquired taste. –Donald Miller

With an untrained mind, we’ll live most days of our lives at the mercy of our moods. Waking up in the morning is like gambling: “What mind did I end up with today? Is it the irritated mind, the happy mind, the anxious mind, the angry mind, the compassionate mind, or the loving mind?”         –Sakyong Mipham

The wave is already water. Does the wave have to go looking for water? No. It is the same for you. You have God within you, so you do not have to look for God. –Thich Nhat Hanh

The soul needs love as urgently as the body needs air. In the warmth of love, the soul can be itself. All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor those possibilities. –John O’Donohue

The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It is our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows. –Brene Brown

Cross out every sentence until you come to one you cannot do without. That is your beginning. –Gary Provost

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