Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone.

In another excellent episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Seth Godin dispenses some of his signature wisdom in discussing what makes a great leader. (David Foster Wallace had similar ideas.)

Pair with Godin on vulnerability, creative courage, and how to dance with the fear.

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I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
― Jonathan Carroll (via soft-world)

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Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.
― Gautama Buddha (via awelltraveledwoman)

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The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it. To be birthed by it.
Dani Shapiro on vulnerability, the writing life, and how to live with presence – beautiful conversation (via explore-blog)
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Eat food from farmers markets.
Drink good tea each morning.
Read books that make you feel.
Paint, even if you’re awful.
Write, even when you have nothing to say.
Sit in the fresh air outside.
Go on hikes.
Swim in lakes and wade in streams.
Sleep as long as you need.
Work hard at what you love.
Work hard at what you hate.

Love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

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It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water.
― Barbara Kingsolver (via breatheinandbreathout)
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I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.
― Tracee Ellis Ross  (via sorakeem)

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Healing is a choice. It’s not an easy one, because it takes work to turn around your habits, but keep making the choice and shifts will happen.
― Yehuda Berg (via sorakeem)

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Don’t walk too far away from the child within you, and never abandon the sense of wonder that magnifies the smallest of things into mountains of joy — for one day, when you lose sight of happiness, that child within can guide you back to the things that once nourished your heart.

Dodinsky  (via seaglassnserendipity)

always. always. always.

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It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.
― Lemony Snicket (via soft-world)

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Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.
― Isaac Asimov (via awelltraveledwoman)

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