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: 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: Dilemma

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

// Socrates

MIND: Uncertainty

We are all so afraid of uncertainty that we want a guarantee before we even try. It’s a numbers game. To play any game, you have to start. To win, you need to keep going. If you want to make your dreams come true, get ready for the long game.

Life is not a “one-and-done” sort of deal. You’ve got to work for what you want. Picasso created nearly 100 masterpieces in his lifetime, but what most people don’t know is that he created a total of more than 50,000 works of art… That’s two pieces of art a day. Success is a numbers game. You are not going to win if you keep telling yourself to wait. The more often that you choose courage, the more likely you’ll succeed.

The 5 Second Rule // Mel Robbins

MIND: Collaborate

Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege.

I want to live in a world where all women have access to education, and all women can earn PhD’s, if they so desire.

Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.

Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism // Bell Hooks