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emerson! two of my favorite sections of self reliance.. im a loser [ Mon Sep / 10:18pm ]
Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.
"Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say 'I think,' 'I am,' but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time."
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[ Wed Aug / 2:57am ]

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R’s:

Respect for self
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
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really insightful. [ Fri Aug / 1:54am ]

In Schnabel’s words: “I wanted this film to help you handle your own death . . it is the story of all of us, who surely do face death and sickness. But if we look we can find meaning and beauty here.” Jean- Dominique’s experience is what eventually we’ll all come to in the end - spectators in our personal galleries of memories, the dreams, crossroads, transgressions, regrets, joys, disappointments of a lifetime. But these are the issues and questions that we all need to examine and ask ourselves on a regular basis - What makes my life worthwhile? Who is in my world? How can I communicate with them? Does anything need changing or updating or re-affirming? Though not paralyzed from head to toe like Bauby, many of us are in the “locked-in” syndrome – locked into our resentments and our fears, a rigidity that sours us on life and can keep us estranged from family and friends.

For me also, the film is also about what it means to be an artist. Sickness is a bit like artistic sensitivity in that it can be a source of misunderstanding and exclusion, and the artist, like the patient, is in constant battle against the outside world. To escape one’s fate, society’s cruelty and restraints, one can only rely on one’s own intelligence, creativity, and heroism. By reaching deep within himself, Bauby extends his life beyond the limitations of his body by dreaming and creating a work of art.
-Melinda Schwakhofer
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[ Sun Aug / 10:37pm ]
now that i know my flaws and how to deal with them i think you should learn about yours. i dont understand why you are the way you are sometimes, i thought i did but you really confuse me. why do you treat the people you care about most so horribly? is it a test to see how much crap we'll deal with, that way youre sure that we're real? maybe i can understand that, but youre going to have a very difficult time pulling that with 95% of the population.

regardless, I dont really know what to say anymore, I'm leaving in 19 days and it's been a trip. this summer has been absolutely incredible--and not in the cliche way either. ive learned SO MUCH about myself and others, everything is so much more clear than it used to be. my perspective and way of dealing with issues has changed for the better. i think towards the end i was so distracted by everything i started to lose myself. but i definitely needed this summer to prepare for the next four years. i'm going to miss all of you SO much, and my parents and my home and everything but im going to come visit in october so its not too far. i hope all of you have amazing times next year.
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