Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Focus

Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

The Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

Alice: “I don’t much care where—”

The Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

Alice: “—so long as I get somewhere.”

The Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that … if you only walk long enough.”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Confidence

It’s really the belief. Not just thinking every day, but believing every day that what you’re doing is right and that you’re going to achieve what you’re looking to achieve. It’s not going to happen right away. But if you truly believe it, it’s going to happen.

-Connor Hellebuyck as told to Jared Clinton, “The Peg’s Perfectionist,” The Hockey News, 2018-2019 Yearbook

Focus

Everything I do, I have to master it. Whether it’s golf or fishing or whatever I’m doing — I have to master it. I have this drive that I just need to.

-Connor Hellebuyck as told to Jared Clinton, “The Peg’s Perfectionist,” The Hockey News, 2018-2019 Yearbook

 

Openness

Vision is not necessarily attachment to a picture.

-Shakti Gawain

Connection

The soul selects her own society.

-Emily Dickinson

Responsibility

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will undergo it and carry it through. The change must begin with one individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. As nobody knows what he could do, he might be bold enough to ask himself whether by any chance his unconscious might know something helpful, when there is no satisfactory answer anywhere in sight. Man today is painfully aware of the fact that neither his great religions or his various philosophies seem to provide him with those powerful ideas that would give him the certainty and security he needs in the face of the present condition of the world.

-C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1957)

Purpose

What would you want to be king [of]? You might say “king of the world” or “king of your own soul.” What do you want to subordinate yourself to? How about your heroic willingness to encounter the unknown and articulate it? And share that with people? There’s no nobler vision than that.

-Jordan Peterson, “On Jung, Piaget, Dominance Hierarchies, Morality, and Imagination,” 5-01-2017

Growth

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

-Anonymous

Growth

People keep on learnin’
Soldiers keep on warrin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long

Powers keep on lyin’
While your people keep on dyin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long

I’m so darn glad he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground

Teachers keep on teachin’
Preachers keep on preachin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

Lovers keep on lovin’
Believers keep on believin’
Sleepers just stop sleepin’
Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

I’m so glad that he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground … Whew!

Till I reach my highest ground
No one’s gonna bring me down
Oh no
Till I reach my highest ground
Don’t let nobody bring you down (they’ll sho ’nuff try)
God is gonna show you higher ground
He’s the only friend you have around
[FADE]

-Stevie Wonder, “Higher Ground,” Innervisions (1973)

Action

We are what we repeatedly do.

-Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1967)