She's a little worn, but here is the patchwork carpetbag.
“Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world.”― Frank Warren
When I was in my twenties, it felt like I was riding wild horses, and I was hoping I didn’t go over a cliff. Chaka Khan

When young, we’re anxious – understandably – to find out if we’ve got what it takes. Can we succeed? Can we build a viable life for ourselves? But you – in particular you, of this generation – may have noticed a certain cyclical quality to ambition. You do well in high-school, in hopes of getting into a good college, so you can do well in the good college, in the hopes of getting a good job, so you can do well in the good job so you can….

And this is actually O.K. If we’re going to become kinder, that process has to include taking ourselves seriously – as doers, as accomplishers, as dreamers. We have to do that, to be our best selves.

Still, accomplishment is unreliable. “Succeeding,” whatever that might mean to you, is hard, and the need to do so constantly renews itself (success is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it), and there’s the very real danger that “succeeding” will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended.

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watched a film yesterday called the day i saw your heart. set in france, it’s the story of a father and his two adult daughters. one of them is floundering. she works as a x-ray technician, and beings an art project where she x-rays people and found objects and complies them. 

it’s messy. sometimes the family members are unkind. the father is crass. 

the end is beautiful. and tragic. 

and beautiful. 

(via Day I Saw Your Heart - Calgary International Film Festival)

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

~Lao Tzu

Power is out in our fair city of Minneapolis, and these words from the sage Lao Tzu are most fitting for the day.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

(via beingblog)

Collect all of your past doubts and fears and hold them up against this moment right now and then ask yourself what you see.