“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”
“A fresh start gives us the chance to reflect on the past, weigh the things we’ve done, and apply what we’ve learned from those things to the future. If we don’t examine the past, we don’t learn from it.”
“You don’t need your eyes to love, right? You just feel it inside you. That’s how it is in heaven. It’s just love, and no one forgets who they love.”
“Learning who you are is what you are here to do.”
“The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average — though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”
When you go into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.Some of them are bent,some of them are straight,some of them are evergreensand some of them are – whatever.And you look at the treeand you just – allow it.You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is,you sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light,and so it turned that way, and you don’t get all emotional about it, you just allow it.You appreciate the tree.The minute you get near humans,you lose all that, and you’re constantly saying,“You’re too this,” or “I’m too this,” or – that judging mind comes in.
And so I practice turning people into trees,
which means appreciating them just the way they are.
“Lieutenant Dan got me invested in some kind of fruit company [Apple computer]. So then I got a call from him, saying we don’t have to worry about money no more. And I said, that’s good! One less thing.”