"The key to surviving a surgical internship is denial. We deny that we’re tired, we deny that we’re scared, we deny how badly we want to succeed… And most importantly, we deny that we’re in denial. We only see what we want to see and believe what we want to believe, and it works. We lie to ourselves so much that after a while the lies start to seem like the truth; We deny so much that we can’t recognize the truth right in front of our faces. Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass and when the damn bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves so long. We are tired, we are scared. Denying it doesn’t change the truth. Sooner or later we have to put aside our denial and face the world, head on, guns blazing. Denial. It’s not just a river in Egypt. It’s a freaking ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?"
— Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 4: Deny, Deny, Deny (via big-girl-world)
"If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you"
— (via mandasjourneytofitness)
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
— Lao Tzu (via lazylucid)
"I love designing, it is something which permeates my whole living, whether it is simply choosing the colour of my clothes in the morning or organising my household. Design to me is akin to beauty, an externalisation of my inner process regarding beauty & contentment with life."
— Martine Moeykens (via janeantonacci)
"When children attend schools that place a greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep schools for prison."
— Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? (via unicornfumblr)
(Source: tiredofcrackery, via nefermaathotep)
"The open mind and the receptive heart — which are at last and with fortune’s smile the informed mind and the experienced heart — are to be gained anywhere, any time, without necessarily moving an inch from any present address."
— Eudora Welty on writing and the poetics of place (via explore-blog)
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