Family comes first.
I carefully wrote down each thought, each idea, each quote. They were like little gems handed to me from ages past, from the greatest thinkers and the wisest sages.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
The little shreds of paper were like oversized fortune cookies. It was somehow disappointing that these ideas would even deign to fit on them.
Be yourself and I promise people will enjoy it. And if they don’t, forget them.
Each one fluttered to the bottom of the bin in a different manner, some twirling like helicopter blades, others tumbling, some dropping directly while others looped in circles.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
My hand was beginning to cramp up. I hadn’t written anything in a long time. Nothing by hand, anyway.
There are three choices in life: Be good, get good or give up.
I swept my arm against my shirt to soak up the sweat. The sun arched overhead, hot and humid.
Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.
When the wind picked up, it was like a giant dog panting at my back. I could feel the air, heavy with its slobber, wetting my clothes against my body.
Love is wanting others to be happy.
I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. The metal bin was filling up.
What would you do if you knew you were going to die tomorrow? In a month? A year? Everyone dies. Only a few truly live.
Sometimes I didn’t realize where the thoughts had come from, or how they’d affected me.
Sometimes, I didn’t remember who had said it, where I’d read it, what it even meant. Just that it was important.
Courage, originally meaning to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
Like tattered photographs of relatives I barely remembered, but photographs that made my lips turn upward in a smile nonetheless.
Who would you be, what would you do if you could not fail?
I took one final look at the words that provided guidelines for my life, words that have comforted me in times of sorrow and driven me to strive against my limits.
Ideas are worthless.
I took one final look into the bin and then lit the match.
Execution is everything.