11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
“Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason. It is simply the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen, saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and becoming that which you are intent on being.”—Scott Edmund Miller
9-10 Be certain about what you believe and consistent in what you say. Don’t try to please everyone or agree with everything people say.[a]11 Always be ready to listen, but take your time in answering. 12 Answer only if you know what to say, and if you don’t know what to say, keep quiet. 13 Speaking can bring you either honor or disgrace; what you say can ruin you.
The purpose for thanking someone is to express our felt sense of appreciation and gratitude. We don’t take for granted what others do for us. We acknowledge that their offering took time, effort, or an awareness of our needs.
"Appreciate how unique your personal aspirations are. Chances are that what you wish for yourself is very different than what others dream about. You may also find that your ideal future self is well within reach. There may be many characteristics of your current life that you choose to maintain unchanged – the things you appreciate and are grateful for, and other things that are easily attainable."
I wanted the past to go away, I wanted
to leave it, like another country; I wanted
my life to close, and open
like a hinge, like a wing, like the part of the song
where it falls
down over the rocks: an explosion, a discovery;
to hurry into the work of my life; I wanted to know,
22 There is no excuse for unjustified anger; it can bring about your downfall. 23 Wait and be patient, and later you will be glad you did. 24 Keep quiet until the right time to speak, and you will gain a reputation for good sense.
“My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’ 'You are mistaken,' said he gently, 'that is not good company, that is the best.” ― Jane Austen, Persuasion
“No matter how hard you try, there are times when things just don’t go as planned. And, it’s not because you are doing something wrong. It is because the thing you are after is not designed for you. It is not a part of your destiny.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“Emotions come and go and can’t be controlled so there’s no reason to worry about them. That in the end, people should be judged by their actions since in the end it was actions that defined everyone.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
“In my mind, I can see the greatest story have yet to be told. In thy mind, only I can feel, and understand. In thy mind, only I can see the real her, and within her, despite her dark skies, and grey clouds, her heart blooms like the grandest, most beautiful sun flower anyone can imagine. In thy mind, I see you.” - Eleanor
“She tastes like nectar and salt. Nectar and salt and apples. Pollen and stars and hinges. She tastes like fairy tales. Swan maiden at midnight. Cream on the tip of a fox’s tongue. She tastes like hope.”—Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (via creatingaquietmind)
“Embrace aging. It’s very simple. As you grow, you learn more. if you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”—Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
“Maybe I’m dreaming you. Maybe you’re dreaming me; maybe we only exist in each other’s dreams and every morning when we wake up we forget all about each other.” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
The sun has come. The mist has gone. We see in the distance… our long way home. I was always yours to have. You were always mine. We have loved each other in and out of time. When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor I had always loved you more. You freed your braids… gave your hair to the breeze. It hummed like a hive of honey bees. I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there…. Mmmm…God how I love your hair. You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance. Lost, injured, hurt by chance. I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed…. Trying to change our nightmares to dreams… The sun has come. The mist has gone. We see in the distance our long way home. I was always yours to have. You were always mine. We have loved each other in and out in and out in and out of time.