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We see people and things not as they are, but as we are. That is why when two people look at something or someone, you get two different reactions. We see things and people not as they are, but as we are.
Nobody ever rejects you; they’re only rejecting what they think you are. But that cuts both ways. Nobody ever accepts you either.
What leads to growth is painful experiences.
The beauty of an action comes not from its having become a habit but from its sensitivity, consciousness, clarity of perception, and accuracy of response.
Learn what it means to experience something fully, then drop it and move on to the next moment, uninfluenced by the previous one.
The Japanese have a nice way of putting it: “The day you cease to travel, you will have arrived.”
You always empower the demons you fight.
Every time you make sense out of reality, you bump into something that destroys the sense you made. Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.