MIND: Vecchia

Most people don’t grow up. Most people age.
They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards,
get married, have children, and call that maturity.
What that is, is aging.

// Maya Angelou

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MIND: Tutor

If I could go back, I’d coach myself. I’d be the woman who taught me how to stand up, how to want things, how to ask for them. I’d be the woman who says, your mind, your imagination, they are everything.

Look how beautiful.

The Chronology of Water: A Memoir // Lidia Yuknavitch

MIND: Rolling

She was like fate–a consummate mistress of all the arts of self preservation: hair rolled & lustrous; eyes so nonchalant; nothing could startle her; people going & coming all the time; she not looking, yet knowing, fearing nothing, expecting nothing.

// Virginia Woolf

MIND: Resist

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.

// E.E. Cummings

MIND: Resilient

‘How unlucky I am that this should happen to me.’
But not at all.
Perhaps, say how lucky I am that I am not broken by what has happened, and I am not afraid of what is about to happen. For the same blow might have stricken anyone, but not many would have absorbed it without capitulation and complaint.

// Marcus Aurelius

MIND: Deliberate

If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.

// Deepak Chopra