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You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1 (1931-1934)

These words. This right here. These words right now. Awakenings.

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I was very alienated the whole time [at Stanford]. I never felt like I fit in, but I’ve decided that’s like my superpower. I never ever fit in. And that forces me to struggle out of insecurity in a way that sometimes results in success.
Rachel Maddow, the David Letterman Show, 3 April 2013 (via squaredonuthole)

This.

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nprfreshair:

Kansas City Library doesn’t really look like an library at all… modern architecture parlante?

photo via LostatEminor

Only the most awesome idea for the exterior of a library….

  1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

    4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness  (via pigmenting)

There’s no way I could sleep at 9pm but I really want to do all of these things! Getting up early tomorrow for a lovely shower, workout and walk :)

I love this list…much of it I do, but there are plenty of things left to put into action!

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brokenbalder:

Brokenbalder:

Some Know Your Rights materials I made. Hopefully find them helpful. :)

Very useful!

#stuffweneedtoknow

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morndas:

For any writer who’s feeling down/stressed/overwhelmed, watch this.

From my Nerdist podcast interview…

#brilliance

wearenottrayvonmartin:

imageI am a 56 year old white man, whose father came from eastern European immigrants and whose mother came from the Confederate families of Virginia. I am married to an African American woman. I have a mixed race son of 17 years who I fear for every day.

On the day Trayvon Martin was…

#applause #standingovation

llvnos:

In 2007, I was a 17 year old boy in high school who at first impression could be profiled as a criminal. I wore baggy clothing, had a foul mouth, and I fit the physical profile of guys who commit crimes every day. A lot like Trayvon.After Trayvon’s death, white supremacist, Klanklannon, hacked into Trayvon’s email to try and find more pictures of him with gold teeth and smoke, things that would “justify” killing him as he made his way back to his family unarmed.But what he found was college scholarship applications. Yes, Trayvon Martin had hopes of going to college to study aeronautics. He was also taking honors courses in high school. Even though Trayvon and I are a lot alike, that’s where we differ. He was actually achieving more than I did and had much bigger dreams as a junior in high school.Another way we differ, is in the opportunity to live out our potential. I’m sure a neighborhood watchman wouldn’t have picked me to obtain a degree 5 years later, start a non-profit, write a book, and go on to reach thousands every day. And he didn’t pick Trayvon either, so sadly we’ll never know what his story could’ve been. All of this to say, even if you don’t consider yourself racist, be careful of the stereotypes you draw based on looks. Everyone isn’t what they seem, but everyone deserves a chance to prove that. R.I.P. Trayvon.- Derrick JaxnPlease share. You may save someone’s life.

Indeed. Assumptions kill opportunities.

llvnos:

In 2007, I was a 17 year old boy in high school who at first impression could be profiled as a criminal. I wore baggy clothing, had a foul mouth, and I fit the physical profile of guys who commit crimes every day. A lot like Trayvon.

After Trayvon’s death, white supremacist, Klanklannon, hacked into Trayvon’s email to try and find more pictures of him with gold teeth and smoke, things that would “justify” killing him as he made his way back to his family unarmed.

But what he found was college scholarship applications. Yes, Trayvon Martin had hopes of going to college to study aeronautics. He was also taking honors courses in high school. Even though Trayvon and I are a lot alike, that’s where we differ. He was actually achieving more than I did and had much bigger dreams as a junior in high school.

Another way we differ, is in the opportunity to live out our potential. I’m sure a neighborhood watchman wouldn’t have picked me to obtain a degree 5 years later, start a non-profit, write a book, and go on to reach thousands every day. And he didn’t pick Trayvon either, so sadly we’ll never know what his story could’ve been. 

All of this to say, even if you don’t consider yourself racist, be careful of the stereotypes you draw based on looks. Everyone isn’t what they seem, but everyone deserves a chance to prove that. 
R.I.P. Trayvon.

Derrick Jaxn

Please share. You may save someone’s life.

Indeed. Assumptions kill opportunities.

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#trudat

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"In everyone’s life, at some time, our INNER FIRE goes out.It is then burst into flame by an encounter with ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. We should all be THANKFULfor those people who REKINDLE the inner SPIRIT.”- Albert Schweitzer#daresomethingworthyFor all of You who have rekindled ME over the years…THANK YOU.

"In everyone’s life, at some time, 
our INNER FIRE goes out.
It is then burst into flame 
by an encounter with ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. 
We should all be THANKFUL
for those people who REKINDLE the inner SPIRIT.”
- Albert Schweitzer

#daresomethingworthy

For all of You who have rekindled ME over the years…THANK YOU.

To be at your peak, don’t work so much.

(this is written by my friend and colleague, Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What do you think of Christianity and politics? It frightens me to know too much because I doubt my faith at times... do you have any suggestions?
kevinanthonyjohnson kevinanthonyjohnson Said:

Both are real. Both require a basic faith in something bigger then yourself. Both have extreme negative and naively positive expressions. Both require a mature sense of balance to avoid those extremes.  On olitics I suggest an exploration of your values, then a review of current issues and ask yourself how you feel about those issues our nation and world faces. On faith, I’d do the same, and then see what the New Testament has to say about those issues. THEN trust your instinct and follow your heart.

I personally live a vibrant faith, but I don’t consider modern Christianity the unquestionable truth. I think God is bigger than the images we’ve made around the idea of God. I also don’t live in fear of an evil equal to God (the devil). I make choices. I live with them.

You have nothing to be afraid of. Nothing to doubt. You have everything to gain by learning and staying curious about your relationship with God and your involvement in your community, nation and world. Keep seeking, you’ll find what you’re looking for. 

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