“ The best way to ensure you’ll never fail, be ridiculed and mess up is to stay safely home, in bed, under the covers, all the time. ”
“ One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along. ”
Alain de Botton (via inspiracioh)
n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed through to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.
“ Del reproducir al comprender, del copiar al transferir, de la obsesión por el resultado a la reflexión sobre el recorrido. ”
“La experiencia, la posibilidad de que algo nos pase, o nos acontezca, o nos llegue, requiere un gesto de interrupción…: requiere pararse a pensar, pararse a mirar, pararse a escuchar, pensar más despacio, mirar más despacio y escuchar más despacio, pararse a sentir, sentir más despacio, demorarse en los detalles, suspender la opinión, suspender el juicio, suspender la voluntad, suspender el automatismo de la acción, cultivar la atención y la delicadeza, abrir los ojos y los oídos, charlar sobre lo que nos pasa, aprender la lentitud, escuchar a los demás, cultivar el arte del encuentro, callar mucho, tener paciencia, darse tiempo y espacio.”
“ Being alone means being with ourselves and we can never be certain just what we will find inside. ”
“ The more closely we analyze what we consider ‘sexy,’ the more clearly we will understand that eroticism is the feeling of excitement we experience at finding another human being who shares our values and our sense of the meaning of existence. ”