The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. ~Italo Calvino
Commonplace book of a teacher, poet, and counselor.
Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
And do not let your dislike of a people lead you to be unjust.
Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.