The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who, with open minds and hearts, seek out connections.
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
Continuing to function under the illusion that we can understand and foresee exactly what will be relevant to whom is hubris. It might feel safe, but it is the opposite. Functioning safely in an interdependent environment requires that every team possess a holistic understanding of the interaction between all the moving parts. Everyone has to see the system in its entirety for the plan to work.
[I grew up] in those years when the Old West was passing and the New West was emerging. It was a time when we still heard echoes and already saw shadows, on moonlit nights when the coyotes yapped on the hilltops, and on hot summer afternoons when mirages shimmered, dust devils spun across the flats, and towering cumulus clouds sailed like galleons across the vast blueness of the sky. Echoes of remembrance of what men once did there, and visions of what they would do together.
We are looking for ideas that are large enough to be afraid of.
None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.