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Letting Go

a grey squirrel

The chimpanzee loved eggs.  He also ate fruits and flowers, leaves and seeds, but nothing made him pant-hoot quite like a blackbird egg freshly plucked from its nest.

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big tree sprouting

“Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
-Marie Curie

Hating on others, criticizing others, discouraging and subverting others—these behaviors usually stem from a loss of belief in yourself.  I say loss because at some point, every one of us did believe in himself, in his dream, in his boundless potential.  But something—someone even—happened.  And just like that, the grand edifice collapsed like a house of cards.

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sand castles

“Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”
-Anonymous

Every decision you make has an opportunity-cost.  That is, taking one road precludes taking another; staking out one spot for your sand castle implies not building in another.  The question that haunts the soul is: Did I choose the right spot?

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struggle with life silhouette

I was at Urban Outfitters one melancholic day, thumbing through one of their books, when I came across the following:

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
-Sydney J. Harris

The first thought that occurred to me was: Compared to death.  Death is way harder.  I don’t want to die.

Then I thought: Wait a minute.  Life is pretty damn hard.

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stained glass crown

Integrity means lining up your walk with your talk. It means doing what you envision; turning ‘I’ll try’ into ‘I’ll do it.’ And it begins with intent.

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Top 5 Books

flipping book pages

When I was a child, I hated reading. I was slow at it, kept losing my place, and got headaches every 10-15 minutes. But each week my mom checked out books from our local library, forced me to read them, and then questioned me about their content. Little did I know she hadn’t actually read any of them, but it was enough to know that I was being quizzed that I did as I was told. Because of that early childhood experience–or rather, despite it, depending on how you look at it–I’m now an avid reader. No other activity has impacted my life quite so profoundly as reading. If you are the average of your 5 best friends, then allow a good book to be one of those friends. When you read, not only are you accessing the writer’s thoughts, but his best thoughts, the ones he felt fit to share with the world.

Since quite a few people have asked me for recommendations, I thought I would share my top 5 books. The only problem I encountered was this: how does one compare a play like Hamlet to a book like The Selfish Gene? In my opinion, you can’t. So I decided to make a separate list for each of my 5 favorite genres. Here we go, in no particular order:

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