"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at." Jesse Owens, Olympian
All posts by: Cal McDonnell
UNTITLED by William Nicholson (writer/director) Forgive me for needing you to be strong forever. Forgive me for fearing your unhappiness. As you suffer so I shall suffer. As you endure so I shall endure. Hold my hands and walk the old walk one last time, then let me go.
"Stories are a communal currency of humanity." Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights
In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus must pass between Charybdis, a treacherous whirlpool, and Scylla, a horrid human-eating, cliff-dwelling monster.
And so was born
that cliched term, ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’, implying the difficulty of choice when no outcome appears to be advantageous. In fact, at times, the choices available to us are blatantly awful and our thoughts are consumed with what we know will be lost. We don’t always know when something is going to turn out positively for us, but we tend
Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever. Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness you must travel
"The violets explode inside me when I meet your eyes. Then I am spinning and I'm diving, like a cloud of starlings. Darling is this love?" Elbow, Starlings
"Someday you're gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You'll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing." Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
"Our choices determine the destiny of the world. By making a choice you alter the structure of reality." Jordan Peterson, Psychologist
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl, Writer
"Remember that every single thing that has happened to you is yours, and you get to tell it" Anne Lamott, Novelist