One of the most inspiring books i've read so far. Been keeping a really slow pace in reading this seemingly short book, but what is has to offer is beyond the average looking paperback.
I've read it in the airport. Read it in my room. Read it alone in a restaurant with a cuppa. And all those times i had to hold back the surging emotions that brings with it. Call me emotional, but it IS an emotional read that calls your attention towards the community, love, emotions, spirituality, and yes, the confusing thing we call life.
"Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted."
"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it."
"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
"There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like."
"If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid."
"You know what the Buddhists say? Don't cling to things because everything is impermanent"