It’s the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend. I can almost hear Summer parallel parking the car outside. It’s almost here to pick us up.
Things will change this summer; summer always changes things. I hope you find yourself in a better mood. This season, I hope that work feels like an internship and you enjoy your free time the way that only college students know how to do.
After the light pieces post, I found myself feeling a little empty this morning. It’s exhausting to go through so much thought and emotion. It drains you, even if it’s in the softest way. So today, before we part ways, I’ve decided to share some of the things that I found this morning in an attempt to feel a little more whole again.
“Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself. Maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.” ~Unknown.
“I don’t want to be famous or popular or known for anything other than that I was deep and wise and had a soul that was wildly beautiful, full of mercy and light.” ~Jen Lemen
“Go be that starving Artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world. You’ll thank yourself for it.”~Jason Mraz
“Don’t you know you are the only Jesus many people will ever see? In compromising your lifestyle, you forfeit your capacity to accurately reflect God’s image and endanger an entire generation’s understanding of Jesus.”~Judah Smith
“It is easy, of course, to fear happiness. There is often complacency in the acceptance of misery. We fear parting from our familiar roles. We fear the consequences of such a parting. We fear happiness because we fear failure. But we must overcome these fears. We must be brave. It is one thing to speculate about what might be. It is quite another to act in behalf of our dreams, to treat them as objectives that are achievable and worth achieving. It is one thing to run from unhappiness; it is another to take action to realize those qualities of dignity and well-being that are the true standards of the human spirit.”~Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato
“The trouble is, you think you have time” ~Buddha
“I’ve noticed that women who observe things closely seem to make men uneasy.” ~Alberto Manguel, A Reading Diary
“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.” ~William Lyon Phelps
“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”~Benjamin Franklin
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ~John Lennon
I hope you’re ready for summer. Let’s summer camp this summer. Lets dive into the “feel” storm, ride the “fear” wave, and enjoy the sounds of the “thrill” coming’ our way. Oh, and you best get yourself some hot glasses for the ride.