These short love stories fuel my faith in humanity. Maybe being only human isn’t so bad. After all, I never doubt that we are intrinsically good.
There is something about 3 AM that is conducive to thought. Laying in bed, in total darkness, mind wandering from one mysterious corner of the room to the next. Before long, you are no longer visually roaming the room, and you begin to mentally roam the mysterious corners of your mind. Sometimes, you can uncover deep spaces that you did not even realize you had. Other times, you imagination creates entirely new frontiers. There is nothing else to be doing, other than falling asleep, which seems to be the last thing that your body is willing to let you do. There is something eery about the room around you, and you can feel the cool air creep in under your blankets whenever you shift positions. But after every readjustment, your new position begins to seem normal. your eyes readjust to the darkness, and your body temperature regains its stability. With this comfort, you mind is once again free to explore the unknown. The question is, which realm is more real? The reality of the cold, dark room, or the new spaces in your mind that you can only begin to perceive? Perhaps if you were to bring this new insight into the sensory world, that is when reality would really kick in. The tantalizing new revelations that you can only bring yourself to accept under the cloak of darkness may just be the solutions to your daytime problems. All you must do is muster up the courage to illuminate them under the sunlight.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
- Mother Teresa
- Dalai Lama
- Mark Twain
“Too often our public discourse fears real engagement or discussion; it pitches itself at the lowest possible level, always preaching to the choir, so that no one will be challenged. Which usually means that no one will be interested. What is the point of free speech if we are always afraid to speak freely? If we fear competing viewpoints, if we fail to state the unpopular because of some sense of plain-vanilla civility, it is not civility at all. It is the denigration of the human capacity for thought. Open your mouth. Speak your piece. Fear not.” -Anna Quindlen, “Courage is the Ultimate Career Move”