“Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.” - Nancy Astor
“It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.” - Mary Flannery O’Connor
"I was thrown out of university in my first year. I cheated in the metaphysics exam. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me." - Woody Allen
How to Become an Initiated Adult in the World:
Build yourself up. Study everything you can. Strive to become the best. Know what you are here for. Work really hard.
Feel good about yourself. Smack up something you cannot control. Struggle as it wrestles you to the ground. Die. Die again. Let your eyes be pecked out by some terrible and strange bird that you fear and love all at the same time. Survive (barely). Grieve. Howl. Rage.
Let everything happen. Allow something greater than you to move through you and show you who you really are. Forget and think that you are in control. Remember again that you are not.
Feel genuine gratitude for the ways in which you are being shaped. Heal your past. Receive support. Become humble. Begin to fall in love with life as it is more than how you want it to be. Learn patience.
Practice sacred listening. Say yes to what comes. Let yourself be loved into existence. Let yourself be used by the Divine. Forget. Fall. Grieve. Remember again.
Get back up. Open your heart. Get simple. Do what is yours to do.
Be carried along by grace.
“You must bring every particle of your energy, unanswerable resolution, your best efforts, your persistent industry to your task or the best will not come out of you. You must back up your ambition by your whole nature, by unbounded enthusiasm and a determination to win which knows no failure.” - Orison Swett Marden
“Neither fire, nor moisture, nor wind can destroy the blessing of a good deed, and it will reform the world.” - Buddha
Before I escaped from my corporate cage, I thought that accumulating degrees and certificates was the way to succeed.
A first generation migrant to the UK, my mother thought that my salary and job security would be directly proportional to the number of letters after my name.
So I got a huge shock when I attended my first lecture at Business School, because the first thing our MBA Professor Manfred Kets De Vries said to the class was, “If any of you we’re any good you wouldn’t be here.”
He said, “If you know what makes people mad, sad and glad and can consistently make people glad, then you’ll be successful and won’t need an MBA.”
It took nearly 20 years to realise it, but Manfred was absolutely right.
In hindsight, I think I learned more at Nursery School than I did at Business School. If you ever watch toddlers at Nursery School, they forgive very quickly, they go where there is excitement and they stay where there is love.
Next time you get the chance, watch how kids behave at Nursery School, it will be time well spent.
Nursery school kids learn, play and create every day. They look at the world around them with wonder and awe, and realise that whether you’re 3 or 53, life is so much better when you hold hands and stick together.
100% — Jonathan Haidt - “Groups create supernatural beings not to explain the universe but to order their societies.” #spot #on
Eugene Delacroix - “The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”