1) Discipline as a pre-requisite for succeeding (is succeeding necessarily getting what you want?). From someone’s FB/Twitter feed:
“Now power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change.
What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
2) Small, invisible communities that you would never be aware of unless you were a part of them.
3) Old, gray man with an interesting, singular nose on the subway. Perfectly angular, bold lines, nostrils that look like leaf shaped caves. He was dozing and I couldn’t take my eyes off until he opened his eyes and looked straight at me. I read somewhere that people have a sixth sense for being watched.
4) Dancing with strangers, touching, not always pleasant, complicated, eliciting a series of minute, muscular emotions, like all experiences can.
5) Sometimes disappointment. Working hard hard hard and sometimes seeing only slow progress. Is the answer to work harder, or just differently? Maybe it is to relax and not see failure or success as an indictment of character/worth.
6) Envy. Envy is unavoidable. Be kind. Be attentive. To be attentive is to be kind. At base that is what people want from others. Be generous – maybe that’s a partial answer to envy.
7) Equanimity. Indifference is the enemy of equanimity.