Mindfulness teaches us that thoughts are just thoughts; they are events in the mind. They are often valuable but they are not “you” or “reality.” They are your internal running commentary on yourself and the world.”

– from Mindfulness

Because at the end of the day, when the glasses come off and our vision blurs, the big picture becomes clear. And we realize – I realize – that we are enough. We are gems, shining brightly with each facet of our lives – achievers and diplomats and confectioners and seductresses and memory keepers – each pointing to a different light and shaping our fractured lives.”

– Erin Loechner, from her always thoughtful, always inspiring blog, Design for Mankind

That’s what’s so gorgeous about humanity. It doesn’t matter how bleak our daily lives are, we still fight for the light. I think that’s our divinity. We lean into love, even in the most hideous circumstances. We manage to hope.”

– Mary Karr, from The Paris Review‘s The Art of Memoir No. 1

“Writing truths (‘messy truths,’ as the novelist Justin Torres recently said) goes a long way toward getting the reader to ‘feel’ something, and specifically: less alone, less different, less damaged, less strange.”

-from “Mind Over Matter” by Liz Colville, via Thought Catalog

“I want you to be everything that is you, deep at the center of your being.”

-Alan Alda, from a commencement speech given at his daughter’s graduation from Connecticut College in 1980. You can read the entire speech here. It falls a little further on the generic, cheesy side than something I would generally recommend, but the fact that it’s basically a speech from father to daughter tempers the sweetness enough to make it enjoyable.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”

– Charles Swindoll. (I realize this is not a particularly original choice of quote. But I needed the reminder. Also, I know nothing about Pastor Swindoll besides these words, so please don’t consider this an endorsement.)

“Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to be changed, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, I’ve only found sorrow.”

-from The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, easily one of my favorite books