There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
While we were fearing it, it came —
But came with less of fear
Because that fearing it so long
Had almost made it fair —
When the wayfarer whistles in the dark, he may be disavowing his timidity, but he does not see any more clearly for doing so.
What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle-age.
The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.
Ju jitsu is very Buddhist. All that we fear we hold close to ourselves to survive. So if you’re drowning and you see a corpse floating by, hang on to it because it will rescue you.