Scary Yet Not

Quote

“Some people are a little bit scary.
But then, sometimes
(most times, maybe, I think)
sometimes they are not.”

The Little Bit Scary People, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

What to Fear

Quote

Amazon.com

Sometimes I feel like there is so much to be afraid of, and sometimes I feel like there is nothing left to fear.

Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy, Book 3) by Veronica Roth

Bravery and Perspective

Quote

Amazon.com

Half of bravery is perspective. The first time I did this, it was one of the hardest things I had ever done. Now, preparing to jump off a moving train is nothing, because I have done more difficult things in the past few weeks than most people will in a lifetime. And yet none of it compares to what I am about to do in the Dauntless compound. If I survive, I will undoubtedly go on to do far more difficult things than even that, like live without a faction, something I never imagined possible.”

Divergent (Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth

Perspective and Sadistic Action

Quote

Amazon.com

…There is something about knowing that someone is taking pleasure in giving you incredible pain . . . with no remorse. It changes how you see yourself; it changes what you can believe of other people. It changes everything.

Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles Book 4) by Robin Hobb

January is national slavery and human trafficking prevention month.

Perfection Earned

Quote

Amazon.com

Most of the time I am sunk in thought, but at some point on each walk there comes a moment when I look up and notice, with a kind of first-time astonishment, the amazing complex delicacy of the woods, the casual ease with which elemental things come together to form a composition that is—whatever the season, wherever I put my besotted gaze—perfect. Not just very fine or splendid, but perfect, unimprovable. You don’t have to walk miles up mountains to achieve this, don’t have to plod through blizzards, slip sputtering in mud, wade chest-deep through water, hike day after day to the edge of your limits—but believe me, it helps.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by Bill Bryson

Convenient History

Quote

Amazon.com

“We love the past so long as it venerates us. We want to be stuck there, and many would even like to return…It is only when those who were the targets for destruction challenge the dominant narrative that the past becomes conveniently irrelevant, a trifle not worth dwelling upon.”

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Truth Is Complicated

Quote

Amazon.com

The truth, we realise as we get older, is a very complicated pastiche of feelings and facts, of what can and cannot be said. It’s different for everyone.

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

Change and Self-Concept

Quote

Amazon.com

“If you want to change how you relate to others and run your life, you have to first transform your concept of self. If you try to change your behavior without first transforming who you think you are, the changes will last a few days until you quit thinking about them.

Before you can control the world around you, you must first master your thoughts and behaviors. Mastery starts with clarifying and expanding your self-concept.

Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction by Marcia Reynolds

Time, Space and the Woods

Quote

Amazon.com

Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret.

There is no point in hurrying because you are not actually going anywhere. However far or long you plod, you are always in the same place: in the woods. It’s where you were yesterday, where you will be tomorrow. The woods is one boundless singularity.

It is such a strange contrast. When you’re on the [Appalachian Trail], the forest is your universe, infinite and entire. It is all you experience day after day. Eventually it is about all you can imagine. You are aware, of course, that somewhere over the horizon there are mighty cities, busy factories, crowded freeways, but here in this part of the country, where woods drape the landscape for as far as the eye can see, the forest rules.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) by Bill Bryson

Eternal Reproduction

Quote

Amazon.com

Nothing divine dies. All good is eternally reproductive. The beauty of nature reforms itself in the mind, and not for barren contemplation, but for new creation.

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson