The TED talk (every great idea has a TED talk these days, right?)
A few of my favorite Thich Nhat Hanh quotes to start out the new year:
Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.
It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.
Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.
Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.
“Long day at the office today. Not one dry eye. Not one family unaffected. All I can say to the residents at this time is to remember why you chose pediatrics. Love and care for your patients like they are you own family. Listen to their needs. Admit when you don’t have the answer. Learn from them. Listen to your gut. Listen to The kids. Kids believe. Kids just know. Let today be the day we renew our childlike faith in the power of goodness. As Gov Malloy said: Let Love ,Compassion and Courage guide your actions…”
Written by a former Connecticut Children’s Chief Resident practicing Pediatrics in Sandy Hook
Being on retreat at Kripalu have given me time for soul searching and reflecting. I read this today and it really spoke to me, so I thought I’d share:
“Give the kind of love you have” by Tamara Bailie
“One thing I wish I would have known earlier in my life is that….the love you take into your heart as you live your days is going to come from many different people. You hear often in stories and songs and movies about the ONE person whose love will be everything to you, who will be everything you ever needed. What you will find, however, is that people give you what they have. We are wired differently, and we will give our love differently. You will find people whose love feeds your mind, and people whose love feeds your sense of humor, and people whose love you can count on at 2am on a random Tuesday. When you let all of those different kinds of love into your spirit, it will smooth out the rough spots, filling in the tiny spaces left behind from moments of pain and misunderstanding. One person may not fill the role of providing every kind of love you need, and that is what makes life interesting. When you let different people play the parts they are best at playing, it allows them to simply be who they are when they are with you. And when you can give the kind of love you have to the world, you can simply be who you are, giving what you have to give.
People sometimes seem to let us down simply because they don’t seem to give us what we need. Try to remember that they are giving what they know, what they’ve been shown, and what they have. Many of us are carrying much more than we need, and sometimes all that we carry can keep us form seeing all that we are. You can lighten the load for people each time you offer acceptance of their stories, acknowledgement of their songs, and awareness of what makes them unique.
Hold onto them love people have to give, and let go of anything else they’ve handed you to carry. And keep your own carry-on bag as light as you can, so you can see who you are, where you’re going, and what you are leaving behind for the ones you love.”
“No data in the world, no good vaccine, no potent medicine, will get to the poorest of the poor without you. There will be no equity without solidarity. There will be no justice without a social movement. And to see this growing social movement in my short career and lifespan is nothing more than stunning.”
“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.“
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of Tony Heish’s Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose. At face value, as a physician, a book about Tony Hsieh’s road to success and desire to create a company known for its unique company culture doesn’t apply. But Delivering Happiness is truly applicable to any and everyone seeking greater happiness and fulfillment out of life!
My copy has so many folded corners and underlined passages. I felt I could not justly share all the wisdom I gained from Tony’s book in one post. I have decided to dedicate this week to posts inspired by insight found within the pages of Delivering Happiness. The posts will start tomorrow…the day the book hits the shelves! You can still donate to LIVESTRONG and receive a copy of the book in return here.
P.S. I am super excited to be attending the book launch party/LIVESTRONG event tomorrow in NYC. Pictures to follow in my week long DH posts!