“The best blush in the world is a sip of champagne” – Megan Washington
“She is sugar, curiosity, and rain.” – E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
stay close to anything that makes you feel alive
Don’t be afraid to be you and own it. If you think being a leader is about having some agenda, it’s not. Being a leader is actually being completely with who you are and speaking from that place, giving feedback, sharing opinions from that place. That’s why people follow you.
“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
When I sit down to write a book, I don’t ask myself, ‘How many am I going to sell?’ When I get on the dance floor, my purpose in being on the dance floor is not to end up at another spot when the music stops. The purpose of the dance is to enjoy every step along the way. When I go to a music concert, I don’t say, ‘My purpose is to get to the end and enjoy the finale.’ If that were the purpose, everybody would write finales and nothing more. The purpose of the concert is to enjoy each note as you go along.
No matter whether you’re a rose, a lotus flower or a daisy. The important thing is that you blossom.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.