John Steinbeck’s Letter to His Son

The Plaid Zebra recently published John Steinbeck’s letter to his son.

Here is my favourite passage:

“There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.”


Picks of the Week

Here are my favourite status updates this week:

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses it purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
–Leonardo da Vinci

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together. But if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
–Bob Marley

Revolutionary Love

“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality… We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.”

Che Guevara


Let the world change you and you can change the world” Che Guevara



Finding Happiness

I hope these words of advice will help my daughter to live a happy life

  1. Family is the most important thing in life. Only a family’s love is unconditional.
  2. Life is circular. The more you can give the more you will receive. Of course at first you have to have something valuable to offer. Judge your life by what you can give not what you can accumulate.
  3. Take time to develop your own skills, long term and short term goals. Respect your own and other people’s needs.
  4. Know the right time to give, receive, wait, take action, sharpen your skills or help others.
  5. Take responsibility for your own actions, do your best everyday, and make sure you are moving in the right direction to achieve your goals. What you do defines who you are and everyday is a chance to change.
  6. You are unique. You have your own strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Always be aware of your reasons and intentions and never lie to yourself.  Be respectful and keep a positive attitude, strong morals and a sense of integrity.
  7. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others. You don’t know where they are coming from or where they are going.
  8. Trust yourself and your intuition. Don’t be afraid to aim high. The fear of failing is one of the biggest obstacles that you will have to overcome. Respect the power of commitment, dedication and belief.
  9. Some people will help you in life and others will hinder you. Some friendships will last many years others just a day. If it is time to say goodbye hold on to the memories or a valuable lesson.
  10. Focus on finding your own happiness, confidence and passion in life. Appreciate the small things in life and try to take something positive from everyday.
  11. When you find the right person to love embrace that love with everything you have. Experience the joy of loving and being loved. Share each others openness, honesty, happiness, dreams and forgiveness. Motivate, inspire and teach each other. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerabilities.

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