"The motion of knitting isn’t all that different from the motion of plugging away at your smartphone all day. Except knitting promotes focus, and the phone promotes distraction."
"I’m having some trouble with my friends."
“I think we’re just reaching the age when everyone realizes that everyone talks behind each other’s backs.”
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"When a wave comes, go deep."
"I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one."
"There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to match the circumstances. And that’s how you get through the wave.”
#3177: The closer you think you are, the less you actually see. #brotips
"My father died of a heart attack when I was eight. So my mother played the role of mother and father. She had four children to raise, so she had to go back to work full time. I know it was hard for her, but she always put on a brave face. I remember three days after Dad died, she was knocking on our doors, saying: ‘Get up! It’s time for school.’ And we said, ‘But Daddy just died.’ And she said, ‘And he’d want you to go to school!’ Pretty much her whole life was lived for other people. She always seemed to take herself out of the equation. Even when her cancer got really bad, she’d come home from the hospital, and she’d be broken hearted about the OTHER patients. She was always saying how broken hearted she was over all the young people she saw with cancer."
"I’m afraid of sliding back to a place when I didn’t have the tools to be strong."
"Nobody wanted to come with me, so I came alone."
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
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