You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good”.
Excerpt from Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
How empty days would be without regular strangers
You know the kind:
The strangers, the nameless faces
That grace the place of your daily routine
To be an empath
Is to see the same regular strangers
Day in and day out
To know the time and the place
That they will be
But not who or why they are.
I find curious comfort
Knowing that to someone, somewhere,
These are not strangers
But best friends and lovers
Colleagues and siblings
To someone, somewhere
I wonder why I don’t go to bed and go to sleep. But then it would be tomorrow, so I decide that no matter how tired I am, no matter how incoherent I am, I can skip one hour more of sleep and live.
Excerpt from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Most people think of themselves as individuals, that there’s no one on the planet like them. This thought motivates them to get out of bed, eat food and walk around like nothing’s wrong.
Excerpt from Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Life isn’t what you think you want to be, it is just what it want to be.
No one can give shape to it, it depends on you what you want and how you want it to be
Sometimes it’s long, sometimes it’s short you can’t decide how long it must be it.
It’s just simple go with flow
And enjoy it till the high blow.
And then you will understand that its not easy to be.
And that what life wants to tell you that isn’t
Most people cannot think beyond tomorrow – that is how they are made. Very few people can think, “Okay this will happen, and then this is what will happen to my life. What can I do about that now?” It is very easy to go and pray to God. Whether something happens with your prayer or not, at least there is solace. There is a comfort zone that somebody is taking care of you. Please see, that is all you get from your devotion because your devotion has not crossed a certain level of intensity. All that you got is a little comfort in your mind that somebody is taking care of you. Beyond that there is nothing else. But people settle for this rather than seeking ultimate liberation because most people do not have the vision to do anything beyond a certain limitation of time. They cannot think of their ultimate liberation.
For example, Gautama Buddha, when he was a young man, he saw an old man, a sick man and a corpse. He observed these sights and these observations affected him deeply. The moment he saw this, he knew that this was what would happen to him too. This made him realize the sufferings of all beings and compelled him to begin his spiritual journey as a wandering ascetic, which eventually led to his enlightenment. He started working towards what he can do about it right now. This is an intelligent man. But most people do not have this kind of vision or intelligence to see life. For them, it has to fall on their head. Till then they don’t know. These kinds of people are just seeking solace for today. For such people, there is no depth to their prayer either; there is no depth to their devotion. It is just about solace – “God is taking care of me”. They are not looking to live in such a way that they are beyond all limitations. They are not seeking a life which is of transcendence. They are not seeking a life which is a power to decide their own destiny.
“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
-David Lynch, Catching the big fish-