Author Brian Selfridge
5293 words read Everyone we see before us is surviving something, some loss, some anxiety, or some hardship real or imagined... If there exists the concept of death by a thousand cuts then there must also exist the idea of life by a thousand building blocks. Every action, every word, every thought we have matters... New is beautiful, so we often allow our emotions to sweep us along with the new, the novel, and the unfamiliar. It does not take long for us to abandon our ardor, so fickle and inconstant are we... The people we surround ourselves with become a sounding board for our own behaviors and attitudes. If we project anger, then that anger will move outward with a force on to those around us, it may be ... True kindness is not being pleasant when everyone is being pleasant. It is a conscious effort to remain friendly, gentle, considerate when others are behaving at their worst. Our most important decisions will not be served up with clear-cut, obvious choices. We must consider our values, priorities, conscience, and seek guidance from trusted sources. We should not be concer... The most impactful education is through example. We have the greatest influence not by seeking to control others, convincing others of our importance, or through eloquent argument or debate,
Our lives are subject to indiscriminate external forces, much like the way wind affects flight. We may choose to fly like the leaf, with little effort, but tossed about at random. We may, instead, cho... If we walk slowly away from the city, the dissonant man-made orchestra stops, the light diffuses, all seems dead, quiet, dark, and empty. As our ears and eyes adjust, we begin to perceive the forest s... Perfection does not exist; not in a partner, not in a single place, not in a career, not in this life. The consolation is that authentic beauty resides in the imperfect, and our happiness depends upon...