Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.
You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.
When you’re in town stand outside the theatre and see how the people differ in the way they get out of taxis or motor cars. There are a thousand ways to practice. And always think of other people.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” - Stephen R. Covey
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
Abraham Lincoln - “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
Howard Thurman said “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
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William Blake defines life (better than anyone) “The bird, a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship.” #quote
Michael Jordan figured - “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.”
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Boris Pasternak trues it up - “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”
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“A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself.” - Adyashanti #whatmatters #thinkaboutit
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My nugget for the day - “The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.” ― William Arthur Ward