Happiness and rain
Some of the things I’m thinking about this cold, rainy weekend include:
“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.”
~ Maria Popova
“I am hopeful, Komba had said. I am hopeful. He did not say, I am happy. That was his outlook on life. Another person might have talked about happiness, but Komba did not. Hope was of a different order from happiness.”
~ Happiness by Aminatta Forna
“The key to moving forward is what we do with our discomfort. We can use it as a door out – blame the messenger and disregard the message. Or we can use it as a door in by asking, why does this unsettle me? What would it mean for me if this were true?
~ Robin Diangelo, White Fragility
“Equilibrium is neither the goal nor the fate of living systems, simply because as open systems they partner with their environment. These systems are called ‘open’ because they have the ability to continuously import energy from the environment and to export entropy. … To stay viable, open systems maintain a state of non-equilibirum, keeping themselves off balance so that the system can change and grow. They participate in an open exchange with their world, using what is there for their own growth. Every organism in nature, including us, behaves in this way.”
~ Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science
What are you thinking about? What are you reading and listening to? I’d love to know.