MIND: Intentional

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to “be happy.” But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to “be happy.”

Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, through actualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation.

Man’s Search for Meaning // Viktor E. Frankl

MIND: Stalled

Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.

The Power of Now // Eckhart Tolle

MIND: Diversions

Our crisis is no longer material; it’s existential, it’s spiritual.
We have so much fucking stuff and so many opportunities
that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck // Mark Manson

MIND: Withheld

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.

The Picture of Dorian Gray // Oscar Wilde