Many things have inspired me in this journey of being full-time student. Some of them were books, some were quotes, and some were other people.
1- The Element by Sir Ken Robinson
“Sir Ken Robinson describes the element as the point at which talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels.” This is a book about talent, passion, and achievement, words that are important in my life.
2- Quotes that my friend Christine sent at the end of every email.
“It is never too late to be who might have been.” ― George Elliot
“Beauty will save the world.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficult.” ― Winston Churchill
“The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top” ― Dr. Joyce Brothers
3- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
In 2005, a friend told me about this book and how it helped her to overcome difficult times. Some quotes from the book.
“We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds.” ― Pema Chödrön
“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give to ourselves.” ― Pema Chödrön
“Everything is fresh, the essence of realization.” ― Pema Chödrön
4- Yo Yo Ma playing Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude
5- Last time I was in New York, I’ve found this magnet that is on my fridge now.
6- My friend Saul who is almost 96 years old.