The End You Live For

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“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”

“We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.”

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.”

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.”

“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.”

“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.”

All quotes by Thomas Merton

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Answering Random Questions

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Who makes you laugh more than anyone?

Sam, a female White Golden Retriever that I adore.

What did your mother teach you?

To be unconditionally loving.

What activity do you do that makes you feel most like yourself?

Meditating. (Also dancing, but I don’t do it often.)

If you had a clone, what would you have the clone do?

Clean and organize.

What’s the best sound in the world?

A brood of chicks. It’s the most angelic sound I’ve ever heard.

What’s perfect about your life?

The fact that my dog is healthy and thriving. I’m so grateful for it!

When were you most afraid?

When my dog was extremely sick.

What do you cook better than anyone?

Sauces and dressings.

What’s the biggest mistake you ever made?

Not being kind to myself in my youth and neglecting my health for decades.

What’s the first concert you attended?

The Smiths, shortly after the Meat Is Murder album was released.

Where do you most hope to visit?

Tokyo, Japan.

What’s your dream job?

To be paid to be me.

What is your most-used emoji?

The cluster of stars.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?

Ceramicist.

What’s one of your favorite memories?

Camping on the beach in the Bahamas.

Who, or what, was your biggest teacher?

Life.

What’s one thing you’re certain of?

Death.

What does success mean to you?

Unstoppable joy.

Where is your happy place?

Next to my dog, Pen.

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Happy Little Goats

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This account is too cute not to share. The photos are from @itsagoatslife on Instagram. I can’t get enough of these little guys!

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James Baldwin quote

“Most people live in almost total darkness… people, millions of people whom you will never see, who don’t know you, never will know you, people who may try to kill you in the morning, live in a darkness which — if you have that funny terrible thing which every artist can recognize and no artist can define — you are responsible to those people to lighten, and it does not matter what happens to you. You are being used in the way a crab is useful, the way sand certainly has some function. It is impersonal. This force which you didn’t ask for, and this destiny which you must accept, is also your responsibility. And if you survive it, if you don’t cheat, if you don’t lie, it is not only, you know, your glory, your achievement, it is almost our only hope — because only an artist can tell, and only artists have told since we have heard of man, what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it. What it is like to die, or to have somebody die; what it is like to be glad. Hymns don’t do this, churches really cannot do it. The trouble is that although the artist can do it, the price that he has to pay himself and that you, the audience, must also pay, is a willingness to give up everything, to realize that although you spent twenty-seven years acquiring this house, this furniture, this position, although you spent forty years raising this child, these children, nothing, none of it belongs to you. You can only have it by letting it go. You can only take if you are prepared to give, and giving is not an investment. It is not a day at the bargain counter. It is a total risk of everything, of you and who you think you are, who you think you’d like to be, where you think you’d like to go — everything, and this forever, forever.”

Quote by James Baldwin, from the book The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings

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The Path is Clear – Ride the Storm

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The Art of Virgin Honey

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Sabine Timm is an artist, creator, beach-trash collector, flea-market lover and photographer. The following photos are from her Instagram account: @virgin_honey

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Heading Home Again

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Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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