True That – Mottos to Live By

(Hero, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema)

Everyone wants to wear Carhartt till it’s time to do Carhartt shit

When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe in one of two things, there will be earth on which to stand or you will be given wings to fly  (O.R. Melling)

Don’t let the shrimp tails of doubt ruin the Cinnamon Toast Crunch of your purpose

A bird sitting on a branch is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on her wings

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea (Isak Dinesen)

The faith to move mountains beings with the patience to sift sand

I am going to serve whoever God puts in front of me

I am touched by your request and I’m in a season of no right now. It’s hard for me to say no, yet so necessary. I’m grateful our friendship allows me to be honest about where I am.

[Darling, the two quotes above do not contradict each other – ‘to serve’ does NOT mean ‘do whatever someone else wants,’ it means to put your energy, time and money into works which benefit you and the world. Sometimes the best way to serve is to say no and let the other person solve their problems and/ or to say no and take a nap. Memorize this: It is not your responsibility to finish the work (of perfecting the world), but you’re are not free to desist from it either, Rabbi Tarfon]

No one else is supposed to understand your calling, it wasn’t a conference call

Divine, help me feel whole with or without this (Tosha Silver)

Write like the ghosts of all the women in history who weren’t allowed to write are standing next to you wondering what a laptop is and why you are still in your pajamas

It is not sufficient just to remain calm in the event of catastrophe or emergency. When challenged by adversity, charge onwards with courage and jubilation. This is rising to a higher level. It is like the saying: the more water there is, the higher the boat rises. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

read fairy tales (Albert Einstein)

Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort that is. (Louisa May Alcott)

“Which is more important,” asked Big Panda, “the journey or the destination?”

“The company,” said Tiny Dragon  (James Norbury)

one day you will find that you can go no further

though you have come so far

and the trip is nearly done

you cannot go on

you are so tired

your will is gone

so you give up

lay down in the dirt

on the side of the mountain

and just pray


then the merit of all past actions

bounds to your side

like a sleek and rippling

Bengal tiger

to pick you up

lick you clean

and carry you by the scruff of your neck


to the new time  (Tosha Silver)