June 29th, 2018

Group Reading

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! ~ Dead Poets Society

One- Authenticity is about imperfection. And authenticity is a very human quality.

All- To be authentic is to be at peace with your imperfections.

One- The greatest people are not the strongest, they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses.

All- The greatest people are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know.

One- The greatest people can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them.

All- Great people don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.” ~ Simon Sinek

Quotes & Readings

““Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” ~ Og Mandino

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.” ~ David Foster Wallace

“There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.” ~ Tennessee Williams

Seed of Courage

““Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ~ Seneca
Say together: I am who I am, I live with courage, free from the need to conform.

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