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in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how

in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)

in times of roses(who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me

– e.e. cummings

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close your calendars of regret. smash clocks and barriers with your better knowing. throw soft light on the doom clingers. let your pure faith burn the way.

[danielle laporte]

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street I met a man who had no feet.

Ancient Persian Saying



Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.

José Ortega y Gasset

What more can you do in life but reach out with both your hands at whatever comes nearest to you and hold on until all your fingers are broke.

William Goldman

One day a man was walking along the seashore. He noticed that during the night many seashells and starfish had washed upon the beach. Thoroughly enjoying the morning sun and cool sea air, the man walked for miles.

As he strolled along, he noticed a small figure dancing in the distance. It made him chuckle to think of someone celebrating life in such an uninhibited way. As he drew closer, however, it became apparent that the figure was not dancing. Instead, she seemed to be repeatedly performing some ritual.

He drew nearer still and noticed that the small figure was a child. She was methodically picking up starfish and tossing them into the surf. He paused for a moment, puzzled, then asked, “Why are you throwing these starfish?”

“It’s high tide,” she replied, “If I leave them on the beach, the sun will soon dry them and they will die. I am throwing them into the ocean so they can live.” The man considered her actions, impressed with the child’s thoughtfulness. Then he motioned up and down the miles of the beach. “There must be thousands of starfish along here,” he said, “you cannot possibly make a difference.”

The young girl stopped. Her face darkened. She chewed thoughtfully on her lower lip, “You’re probably right,” she said softly. She looked down at the sand. Then she leaned over, carefully picked up another starfish, pulled back and arched it gently into the sea.

With a tone of gentle defiance, she said, “But I made a difference for that one.”

A story originally described by “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley

1. Have 20 amazing sustainable cards

2. Bake my own vegan bread

3. Have a photo studio in my room

4. Make vegan tempura vegetables

5. Get tan

6. Perfect a vegan ceasar dressing

7. Go on a wild hike and make a killer wild flower bouquet

8. Save for a large format camera

9. Have the photo retouching website up

10. Decide the  if/when/where/how in the next step of school

All [people] dream but not equally.

Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity;

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous [people], for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.

T.E. Lawrence

You live in a peaceful world where there is 60 million dollars to be shared between 1,000 people a year. Everybody in your world makes 60,000 dollars a year (this number is significant http://on.ted.com/8Ads). You get to do whatever job you please. For example, you want to be in the industry of making clothing for 1,000 people. On Monday, you work the fields of cotton. On Tuesday, you sew. On Wednesday, you design patterns. On Thursday, you organize the business and manage the daily economic tasks of marketing, budgeting, and accounting. On Friday, you work in distribution and front of the counter sales. Every day of the week you have a different job with different kinds of labor demands. All of your colleagues share the fruits of design and the demand of manual labor and distribution. You get to think and you get to work. Your world is constantly new and constantly changing. Everyone in your world has the same amount and degree of education. [Think about it]

You, and everyone around you, has enough money, resources, and time to have the things you/they really need. Now you get to decide if you’re happy. Are you?

“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”

Ayn Rand

"You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there's a higher place, a secret aspiration. You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger. The best moments involve a loss of control. It's a kind of rapture, and it can happen with words and phrases fairly often-completely surprising combinations that make a higher kind of sense, that come to you out of nowhere." Don Delillo, in an interview