It was an interview with Gregg Krech, author of “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese art of self-reflection“.
Krech suggested a practice of self-reflection through three questions.
First: what have I received from others?
Second: what did I give to others?
Third: what trouble or inconvenience did I cause others?
You can’t force young people into literature. They need to be led by pleasure and wonder.
verlyn klinkenborg writes in the prologue of Several Short Sentences About Writing:
A couple of cautions before you begin. This book isn’t meant to replace the received wisdom. “Received” means untested, untried, repeated out of habit. Everything in this book is meant to be tested all over again, by you. You decide what works for you. This is perhaps the most important thing I have to say.
when asked if there was a buzzword she never want to hear again, tracee ellis ross said:
Diversity training. What is actually needed is anti-racism training.
I need very little from individuals, but I am greedy for the world.
Like seeing roasted meat and other dishes in front of you and suddenly realizing: This is a dead fish. A dead bird. A dead pig. Or that this noble vintage is grape juice, and the purple robes are sheep wool dyed with shellfish blood. Or making love—something rubbing against your penis, a brief seizure and a little cloudy liquid. Perceptions like that—latching onto things and piercing through them, so we see what they really are. That’s what we need to do all the time—all through our lives when things lay claim to our trust—to lay them bare and see how pointless they are, to strip away the legend that encrusts them. Pride is a master of deception: when you think you’re occupied in the weightiest business, that’s when he has you in his spell.
But the world is smarter than we are and it will teach us all we need to know if we’re open to its feedback—if we keep our feet on the ground.
Most geniuses—especially those who lead others—prosper not by deconstructing intricate complexities but by exploiting unrecognized simplicities.
I don’t want to be a great problem solver. I want to avoid problems—prevent them from happening and doing it right from the beginning.
Never is a man more active than when he does nothing, never is he less alone than when he is by himself.