So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.
I have no desire to scale up or get bigger. My desire is to produce the best food in the world. And if in doing so, more people come to our corner and want stuff, then heaven help me figure out how to meet the need without compromising the integrity.
As soon as you grasp for that growth, you’re gonna view your customer differently, you’re gonna view your product differently, you’re gonna view your business differently. Everything that is the most important – you’re going to view that differently.”Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms owner.
“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote down “happy.” The told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”– Unknown
Jerry: [during stand-up] To me, the thing about birthday parties is that the first birthday party you have and the last birthday party you have are actually quite similar. You know, you just kinda sit there…you’re the least excited person at the party. You don’t even really realize that there is a party. You don’t know what’s goin’ on. Both birthday parties, people have to kinda help you blow out the candles, you can’t do it…you don’t even know why you’re doing it. What is this ritual?
Elaine: He recycled this gift. He’s a regifter.
- Estelle: Georgie, I’m a divorcee.
- George: No, you’re not a divorcee. You’re just separated. You’re — you’re a “separatee.”
- Estelle: Well, I’m out there, George.
- George: No, you’re not out there.
- Estelle: I am, too!
- George: You’re not out there! You can’t be, because I am out there. And if I see you out there, there’s not enough voltage in this world to electroshock me back into coherence!
- Susan (engaged to George): I just want you to know that I love your son very much.
- Estelle (George’s mother): You do?
- Susan: : Yes.
- Estelle: Really?
- Susan: : Yes.
- Estelle: May I ask why?
- George: Right now, I sit around pretending that I’m busy.
- Jerry: How do you pull that off?
- George: I always look annoyed. Yeah, when you look annoyed all the time, people think that you’re busy. Think about it… [puts on an annoyed face]
- Elaine: Yeah, you do! He looks very busy!
- Jerry: Yeah, he looks busy! Yeah!
- George: I know what I’m doin.’ In fact Mr. Wilhelm gave me one of those little stress dolls. All right, back to work. [puts on the annoyed face]
In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story:
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Learn how to fight as if you are right and listen as if you are wrong: It helps you develop strong opinions that are weakly held.
— Bob Sutton.
Found this on my laptop today. I don’t know the source 😦
1. Work out at the gym at least three days a week.
2. Eat healthy.
3. Remember to recharge the spirit—have a moment of silence and prayer to empower the day.
4. Hug hubby, kids, and cats whenever the opportunity presents itself even if it means breaking the train of thought.
5. Breathe—especially when situations present opportunities to get stressed.
6. If you don’t know, ask someone. “Ask and you shall receive.”
7. Give yourself a break. If you get frustrated, change your environment. Go for a two minute walk to clear your mind.
8. Plan when you can. Do what you can before you have to even if it is a small action list for a project.
9. Praise yourself for not procrastinating until the very last minute.
10. Make time to spend with those who care about you (once a week at the very least).
11. Be flexible. Some days may be conducive to rules and other days may not.