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Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person by Hugh Prather
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“All my life, I have made it complicated, but it is so simple. I love when I love. And when I love, I am myself.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“I don't need a "reason" to be happy. I don't have to consult the future to know how happy I feel now.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire is not to write”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself
“Now that I know that I am no wiser than anyone else, does this wisdom make me wiser?”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“What an absurd amount of energy I have been wasting all my life trying to find out how things 'really are', when all the time they weren't.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“It's not that we fear the place of darkness, but that we don't think we are worth the effort to find the place of light.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“Don't strive for love, be it.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
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“I'm convinced that this anxiety running through my life is the tension between what I "should be" and what i am. My anxiety doesn't come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it. It seems to begin whenever I smuggle into my mind an expectation about how I or others should be. It is the tension between my desire to control the world and the recognition that I can't. "I will be what I will be" - where is the anxiety in that ? Anxiety is the recognition that I might not reach the rung on the opinion ladder I have just set for my self. I fear death most when I am about to exceed what I believe others think of me; then death threatens to cut me off from myself, because "myself" is not yet.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“I talk because I feel, and I talk to you because I want you to know how I feel.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“Today I don't want to live for, I want to live.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“What I must do is die now. I must accept the justice of death and the injustice of life. I have lived a good life - longer than many, better than most. Tony died when he was twenty. I have had thirty-two years. I couldn't ask for another day. What did I do to deserve birth? It was a gift. I am me - that is a miracle. I had no right to a single hour. And yet I have had thirty-two years. Few can choose when they will die. I choose to accept death now. As of this moment I give up my "right" to live.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
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"From now on I will ..."
- What makes me think I am wiser today than I will be tomorrow?”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“You say you just want to be my friend. I know that you mean you want to relate to my mind but not my body. I can understand that and will not ask you to relate to me in a way that you don't want to, or talk to me about subjects you find uncomfortable. But likewise I refuse to castrate myself for you by pretending not to have the feelings I have. If you want me as your friend you will have to accept my penis along with me.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“Perfectionism is a slow death....If everything were to turn out just as I would want it, just as I would plan, I would never experience anything new. My life would be an endless repetition of stale successes. When I make a mistake I experience something unexpected.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“There is a part of me that wants to write, a part that wants to theorize, a part that wants to sculpt, a part that wants to teach... To force myself into a single role, to decide to be just on thing in life, would kill off large parts of me.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“What I want are words that reflect my heart, not my cleverness.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“Boredom or discontent is useful to me when I acknowledge it and see clearly my assumption that there's something else I would rather be doing. In this way boredom can act as an invitation to freedom by opening me to new options and thoughts. For example, if I can't change the activity, can I look at it more honestly?”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“Selfishness is neither good nor bad—it depends on the way we are selfish as to whether it nourishes or injures.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“I sometimes wonder if the "dead" are not more present, more comfort, more here than most of the living.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“The number of things just outside the perimeter of my financial reach remains constant no matter how much my financial condition improves. With each increase in my income a new perimeter forms and I experience the same relative sense of lack.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing then the desire is not to write.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“The tools of the mind can be wrongly used, but the mind possesses no wrong tools.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
“When I get to where I can enjoy just lying on the rug picking up lint balls, I will no longer be too ambitious.”
Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person