Indigo Spot

A Little Spot of Insight and Thought

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“If you understand each other, you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.” 

– John Steinbeck

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” 

– Shannon L. Alder

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” 

– Chinese proverb

“Knowing comes from learning, finding from seeking.” 

– Vaddey Ratner

“I know only that I don’t know anything.” 

– Socrates

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart… 

…This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

– Steve Jobs

2016 Reading Challenge

As the end of the year approaches, I am also approaching my goal of reading 52 books this year. The tally is 51 as of today. I have several in progress. However, a few of the books could be classified as novellas. I shouldn’t nitpick, but I may still try to read a few more full-length books anyhow.

Piper

Piper is a short from Disney Pixar. Go buy it. It’s six minutes of wonderment.

Were I to live my life over again, I should live it just as I have lived it; I neither complain of the past, nor do I fear the future; and if I am not much deceived, I am the same within that I am without … I have seen the grass, the blossom, and the fruit, and now see the withering; happily, however, because naturally. 
“He does not lose anything, for with the loss of himself he loses the knowledge of loss.“ 

– Jack London, The Sea-Wolf

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