"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You are doing things you have never done before, and more importantly, you are doing something. So that is my wish for you, and all of us. And my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody has ever made before. Do not freeze, do not stop, do not worry that it is not good enough, or it is not perfect, whatever it is. Art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you are scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes. Next year and forever and ever."
Holy. Powerful. Beautiful. Sacred.
And here is to a New Year... And loving our mistakes.
"Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are."
"And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better. If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
"But know this. Men are not from Mars. Women are not from Venus. Do not fall for categories. Because everyone is everything. And every ingredient inside a star is inside you, and every personality that ever existed competes in the theatre of your mind for the main role."
"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. it is an amazing journey. you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins."
"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone."
"I have learned that no matter what happens,
or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better
tomorrow. I have learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the
way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I have learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will miss them when they are gone from your life.
I have learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a
"life." I have learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I
have learned that you should not go through life with a catcher's mitt
on both hands, you need to be able to throw something back.
have learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I
usually make the right decision. I have learned that even when I have
pains, I do not have to be one. I have learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly
pat on the back.
I have learned that people will forget what
you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
"Life is not about expecting, hoping and wishing. it is about doing, being and becoming. It is about the choices you have just made, and the ones you are about to make. it is about the things you choose to say. Today. And it is about what you are going to do after you finish reading this."
"Oh my God. What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written. Or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy. Or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It is going to break your heart, my dear. Please don’t let this happen. "
"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.