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Spoken Gems

people have said some epic things over the years. this blog is to record my favorites, the ones that speak to me.also, my personal blog, *Less or More of Me?* is HERE.

Sep 14 '14
"You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch.

Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.

You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.

If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.

Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.

Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.

"
Julien Smith  (via thelostdeer)
Sep 13 '14
"That is the simple secret of happiness. Whatever you are doing, don’t let past move your mind; don’t let future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life."
Osho (via psych-facts)
Aug 28 '14
"I want to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to get more confident being uncertain. I don’t want to shrink back just because something isn’t easy. I want to push back, and make more room in the area between I can’t and I can."
Kristin Armstrong (via whismical)

(Source: wordsthat-speak)

Aug 26 '14
"It takes a lot to start over again … But you owe it to yourself."
Unknown (via psych-facts)
Aug 25 '14
"'Always remember, child,' her first teacher had impressed on her, 'that to think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral you down into ever-increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that need disipline –training- is about. So train your mind to dwell on sweet perfumes, the touch of this silk, tender raindrops against the shoji, the curve of the flower arrangement, the tranquillity of dawn. Then, at length, you won't have to make such a great effort and you will be of value to yourself.'"
James Clavell, Shogun (via quoted-books)
Aug 23 '14
"Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life."

Robin Sharma (via severs)

This hit me like a brick…

(via knitting-books)

(Source: pureblyss)

Aug 15 '14
"Once we begin to celebrate what our body does rather than obsessing on how it looks, we start to appreciate our body as an instrument rather than an ornament."
Aug 3 '14

(Source: nayyirahwaheed)

Aug 1 '14
"So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it."
Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (via larmoyante)
Aug 1 '14