It’s unfair that the most sensitive and vulnerable people censor themselves the most. It means that all the work we see is by confident people — and confident people aren’t better people than sensitive people.

— Liana Finck on the Longform podcast

You are enough

The river is famous to the fish. The loud voice is famous to silence,   which knew it would inherit the earth   before anybody said so.    The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds   watching him from the birdhouse.    The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.    The idea you carry close to your bosom   is famous […]

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The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong.”

— Sydney J. Harris

Startup ≠ life

This week I had a friend in trouble. Everything’s going to work out okay (thanks for asking). They’re going through some things, and I had the privilege of walking through some of the messiness with them, together. And in doing so, I realized — or, I remembered — that a full and real life is […]

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It’s okay to love a hobby the same way you’d love a pet; for its ability to enrich your life without any expectation that it will help you pay the rent. What if we allowed ourselves to devote our time and attention to something just because it makes us happy? Or, better yet, because it enables us to truly recharge instead of carving our time into smaller and smaller pieces for someone else’s benefit?

Mollie Conway

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.

— Brooke Hampton

“If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

― Toni Morrison

Trying vs. winning

From the box of unanswered (unanswerable?) questions: Is it enough to try? I’ve been taught that yes, yes, absolutely YES it is enough to try. Failing is fine. Just do your best, that’s all anyone can ask of you. I’ve heard this philosophy, I’ve preached this philosophy, I’ve lived it. As a parent, it is […]

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Interestingly, “growing up” is largely a matter of learning to hide our spirit behind our face, eyes, and language so that we can evade and manage others to achieve what we want and avoid what we fear.

The child’s face is a constant epiphany because it doesn’t yet know how to do this. It cannot manage its face. This is also true of adults in moments of great feeling—which is one reason why feeling is both greatly treasured and greatly feared.

– Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy

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