Category: Books

Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
- Khalil Gibran
"If I can say, “I love you,” I say, “I love in you all of humanity, all that is alive; I love in you also myself.” Self-love, in this sense, is the opposite of selfishness. The latter is actually a greedy concern with oneself which springs from and compensates for the lack of genuine love for oneself. Love, paradoxically, makes me more independent because it makes me stronger and happier — yet it makes me one with the loved person to the extent that individuality seems to be extinguished for the moment. In loving I experience “I am you,” you — the loved person, you — the stranger, you — everything alive. In the experience of love lies the only answer to being human, lies sanity."
-Erich Fromm, The Sane Society.
"By sharing their stories with the audience, storytellers aren't just creating meaning for themselves - they're helping others to do so, too. "And that's why storytelling is so important," continued Crabb. "I think some people think it's all about talking about you, you, you. But what it really is is reaching out into the void and connecting with people and letting them know they're not alone.""
- Emily Esfahani Smith on Storytelling, The Power of Meaning
"Not all of us will find our calling. But that doesn't mean we can't find purpose. (...) No matter what occupies our days, when we reframe our tasks as opportunities to help others, our lives and our work feel more significant. Each of us has a circle of people - in our families, in our communities, and at work - whose lives we can improve. That's a legacy everyone can leave behind."
- Emily Esfahani Smith