Arts, Life, Quotes

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

– Mary Oliver

Wild Geese

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Life, Stories, Works & Research

“Keep searching and trying. Till it finds you…

I have been keeping that « uniform » of mine for 10 years. You know the MSF T-shirt, the kaki pants and the Dr. Martens… I would move across continents and take them with me, even if my job didn’t require them. That was some clutter that I couldn’t let go. They represented my 生き甲斐 ikigai: my purpose for living, my reason for being and why I would get up in the morning. I was telling myself: « No matter how hard, how obscure this path gets, just keep exploring. Don’t give up. Keep searching and trying. Till it finds you. »
Your ikigai might change over time, and it’s okay. One day, all your detours, your moments of immense solitude, your soul searching will make sense. Let life unfold for you, one step, one day at a time. 加油!
Photo: courtesy of Jungsil Song.
MSF logistics team in Aweil, South Sudan 🇸🇸.

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Life, Love

There was nothing wrong about you. You didn’t attract the wrong guys.
You lived the love stories that you needed to live, to learn to love yourself more. You learnt that there was more waiting for you, even if you didn’t believe so at the time. You learnt that you didn’t have to settle for less than you deserve.
We don’t leave people because we don’t love them anymore.
We leave them because staying together becomes too painful. We realise that we have outgrown the relationship. In the end, we simply learn to love ourselves more.
Life will give you many opportunities to love and love even more. Simply, because you can.

– Ruoxiang Chau
Analects, to A.
Reviewed with the loving eyes of Gabby Gabriel.

There was nothing wrong about you…

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Books, Life, Love, Quotes

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

Love one another but make not a bond of love…

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Life, Love, Quotes

“You deserve a life full of love, happiness and magic. But to get there, you need to believe in it too. Believe in yourself and believe that there is good in the world. And when you finally do, it will come to you. And you will realise that it’s been there all along. You’ve just decided to open your eyes to see it for what it was.”

– Phoebe Garnsworthy

You deserve a life full of love…

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Arts, healing, Life, Photography, Quotes

“Nobody becomes an artist unless they have to.

They told me my images were dark, depressive and wouldn’t sell well. I didn’t make them to be sold. I was making them to save myself from insanity and excruciating pain. I had finally found a way to channel and embrace my darkness through art. And I was harming no one.
Believe me, believe us.

“Nobody becomes an artist unless they have to.”

– Janet Fitch, White Oleander.

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Life, Works & Research

Some days are made for climbing trees …

Some days are made for climbing trees. My friend RJ says that Oki Alexander trains now, so he can climb trees with his grandkids. I love this spirit.
May you keep your heart light and let your inner child fill your life with these little wonders.

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healing, Life, Quotes

“The journey to be an adult is to decide what you think–not what you’re told to believe. That’s one part–releasing the family karma means releasing old beliefs and determining what you yourself believe. The second part of family karma work is about releasing all the hurts and wounds.
[…]
When we do this work, we heal not only ourselves but also our entire lineage for all present, past, and future. We are one, and when one part of the one is healed, the healing extends to everyone for all time. “

– Sara Wiseman
Source: Release Yourself from Family Karma

“The journey to be an adult…

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Life, Photography, Quotes

Your dream doesn’t have an expiry date…

糖舍的故事:

梦想不会过期……只等你实现。Your dream doesn’t have an expiry date … just waiting to be fulfilled.

— Alila Yangshuo, Guilin.
桂林 . 阿丽拉阳朔糖舍

模特/演員:李民叔叔
Model/Actor: Uncle Li Min

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Life, Quotes

“Travel isn’t always pretty…

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

— Anthony Bourdain

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