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the dalai lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered: "man. because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies, having never really lived." #mintarrowmeaningfulmondays

One year & nine days ago, I was with my sister as she gave birth to her daughter. About three hours before that, she was willing herself to ‘do this’… “I can do this, I can do this… Oh, I don’t know if I can do this!” As plain as day, I looked right at …

"One way or another," I´m going to . . . finish university / tell her how I feel / find the money to travel this summer. (=somehow I´ll find a way to do it)

Your happiness depends on your self-reliance – your unshakable willingness to take responsibility for your life from this moment forward, regardless of who had a hand in making it the way it is now. It’s about taking control of your present circumstances, finding your true self by thinking for yourself, and making a firm choice to live YOUR way.