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Wednesday, May. 07, 2008 - 11:43 a.m.

(accumulated over 27 years)

When I look back at my younger self, I see an utter lack of fear.

You will not have enough time to do all the important work you should be doing.

Create, not consume.

When young explore new places on bicycles with friends. Those friends you keep for life.

Travel to a different place and live there.

Aim to entertain and enlighten.

There is not enough time in the world to get angry about insignificant things. Choose what to get angry about carefully; let it drive your work.

No one who ever predicted anything in the history of the world got it right.

Indifference is easy.

God is not fair because he chooses to be merciful.

You have less time with your family than you think.

The impossible struggle can change overnight.

Mahatma: be the change you want the world to be.

Shakespeare: our doubts can snuff out the good we can achieve.

Try to see each person you pass as your brother and your sister (I often fail to).

I hide from God more than he hides from me.

Talk to your dog because he understands.

Your struggles will make you. You are the sum of your fights. Take the hard road.

Find what you love. Do what you love (most forget this step). Start early. Get good.

The difference between the student and the practitioner is the difference between applying memory - and the application of judgement.

Find a teacher who wants to make you better than he is.

Not conforming is a secret pleasure. So is complete darkness.

Be that teacher.

Fathers are not perfect; sons try to be and then grow into fathers. Forgive your fathers.

Always always always reflect. Why did you react that way? What is really going on here; what does the man pulling the strings want?

Life is beautiful absurd tragic ugly poignant unpredictable selfish brings a smile a laugh a tear to your face full of irony cruel hopeful pitiful shameful optimistic guilty forgiveness searching it is barbaric kind amoral amorphous your blank slate a gift from God yours to waste and to create.



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