The idea that words cannot always say everything has been written about extensively – as Friedrich Nietzsche said:
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.
No doubt the best book we’ve read that covers the subject is ‘Through The Language Glass‘ by Guy Deutscher, which goes a long way to explaining and understanding these loopholes – the gaps which mean there are leftover words without translations, and concepts that cannot be properly explained across cultures.
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1. You only lose what you cling to.
2. You cannot lose what is not yours.
3. You have everything you need to be happy.
4. A happy life does not require much at all.
5. If you carry the bricks of your past with you, you will build the same house.
6. The things that are in your life you have created and attracted. To change your life, choose to change.
7. You do not have forever to be who you are right now.
8. Not getting what you want is sometimes the best thing that could happen.
9. There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
10. Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.
11. It is always darkest before the dawn.
12. When things least seem like they’re going to change…
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In The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis penned a lesson on the danger of holding one’s heart too tightly. He writes:
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
“At a certain point, you just kind of say to yourself, “Okay, this clearly isn’t my cup of tea, but its existence doesn’t make my own cup of tea any less delicious. So whatever.” And the world becomes an infinitely more magical place to live in.”
January 5th 2012
She had one extra ticket.
For a movie screening in downtown Manhattan. She kept one for herself. And she offered the extra one to me.
I said yes.
I met Leah at the corner of Houston and E
At approximately 7:15 pm. “It’s called Sunshine Cinemas” she said. “I’m jumping on the subway now, and I’ll see you soon.”
She was perfectly on time. She usually was. And I trailed in 2 minutes too late. Like I usually did. She handed me my free ticket when she saw me. And also a voucher that…
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1. The things you think will kill you, in fact, probably won’t.
2. The things you think won’t kill you, just might. And if they don’t come in for the kill, they will at least come in for a surprise attack.
3. People will change. And they will change their minds, change their minds and change their minds again.
4. You will change. And you will change your mind, change your mind and change your mind again.
5. You must do a lot of things in life that you don’t want to do. Consider these to be character building exercises, suck it up, and do them.
6. You don’t have to do these things forever and as soon as you have an escape route mapped out, take it.
7. Keep your escape routes near and dear. Don’t share them too often, or too soon. Not until it’s time.
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