[ There is no starting or stoping, only doing. ]

Wake up! If you knew for certain that you had a terminal illness – if you had precious little time left to make use of your life and consider who you are, you’d not waste time on self-indulgence or fear, lethargy or ambition. Be happy now, without reason – or you never will be at all.

Dan: “What if I can’t do it?”
Socrates: “That’s the future, throw it out. There is no starting or stoping, only doing.”

Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change

  • Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.
  • Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure
  • Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever.

Be worry of moderation!

Moderation is mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It’s the devil’s dilemma. It’s neither doing nor not doing. It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It’s for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew.

Snippets from the book Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman