with eyes turned skyward

"The first step toward change is to refuse to be deployed by others and to choose to deploy yourself."

- Dr. Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

"In one sense, reading is a great waste of time. In another sense, it is a great extension of time, a way for one person to live a thousand and one lives in a single lifespan, to watch the great impersonal universe at work again and again, to watch the great personal psyche spar with it, to suffer affliction and weakness and injury, to die and watch those you love die, until the very dizziness of it all becomes a source of compassion for ourselves, and our language, which we alone created, and without which the letter that slipped under the door could never have been written, or, once in a thousand lives-is that too much to ask?-retrieved, and read."

- Mary Ruefle, via Brain Pickings

"This is your life; savor it. Hold on to the threads across days that, when woven together, reveal the rich tapestry of what you are achieving and who you are becoming. The best part is that, seeing the story line appearing, you can actively create what it - and you - will become."

- From Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, via Brain Pickings