"I fall in love regularly with each person whom passes me in the streets, or who sits beside me on the bus.
Not in the romantic way. No we hardly speak a word to each other.
But I sit, quietly observing all of their body language and all of their expressions. Their smiles, and gestures. And the way they lift their coffee, or smile as they read that new text message, or count the change in their hands.
I watch vigilantly, tracking the manners and movements, and appreciating all that these people are. I spend some time thinking about their families and loves, and the life they lead. I consider what they might do for work or if they went to school and what for. When they woke up that morning and how they did their hair.
I study the details of these people. People and moments that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Researching each of them, noticing our similarities and rejoicing in the beauty of human nature.
" 'What' and 'If' are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life.
What if? What if? What if?
I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it is never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don’t know what a love like that feels like, a love to leave loved ones for or a love to cross oceans for. But I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I will have the courage to seize it. And, if you didn’t seize your love, I hope one day that you will."
"Too much of a good thing can be truly wonderful."
Just a little reminder. And me wishing you too much of long talks with
the dearest friend. Too much of long walks through the woods. Too much
of love (but there really can never be enough, can there?). Too much of
simple and quiet moments. Too much of this moment. Too much of smiles on
your face. And mostly, smiles in your heart.
"The love for equals is a human thing. Of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing. The love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing. To love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy. Love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer. This is God's love. It conquers the world."
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
Beautiful people do not just happen. Beautiful people become.
"Es ist Unsinn sagt die Vernunft. Es ist was es ist sagt die Liebe. Es ist Unglück sagt die Berechnung. Es ist nichts als Schmerz sagt die Angst. Es ist aussichtslos sagt die Einsicht. Es ist was es ist sagt die Liebe. Es ist lächerlich sagt der Stolz. Es ist leichtsinnig sagt die Vorsicht. Es ist unmöglich sagt die Erfahrung. Es ist was es ist sagt die Liebe."
"The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for love is also true for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we do not know what will be the end."
How are you going to see the world today? And how are you going to do to help today?
I think what I find is the most important message in these words is to actually "see" someone. And be that your dearest friend. Or be that a stranger you pass by on the street. To look someone in the eyes, you acknowledge them. And you silently say to them, "I see you.".
That is possibly the greatest form of respect we can give. And not just respect to the other, rather acknowledging what is around us and bowing to that, is the greatest respect we can give ourselves.
And yes, when we really see each other, we do want to help each other. Because, looking in the eyes of those around us, we often see ourselves. And that's also when find ourselves.
PS. Amanda did an amazing speech. With these words. And with the thought "The Art of Asking."
To this date, the video has been watched 2,220,072times. I reckon I've watched myself more than a hundred times. And it never stops moving me.
"My dear, Be the kind of woman that people make way for. Be the kind of woman that takes responsibility into her own hands, and does something with it. Be the kind of woman whose accomplishments make people stutter when they talk to her. Be the kind of woman who doesn’t let the fact that she doesn’t have it all figured out hold her back. Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, 'Oh crap, She’s up!'"