Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Openness

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.

-Bertrand Russell

Spirituality

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

-Mike + Mechanics, “Silent Running,” Mike + Mechanics (1985)

Work

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

-Maya Angelou

Self Care

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.

-Benjamin Franklin

Effort

Jimmy Dugan: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is … what makes it great.”

A League of Their Own (1992)

Courage

Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.

-George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone (2007)

Attention

Attention

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it … Life is long if you know how to use it.

-Seneca, Penguin Great Ideas: On the Shortness of Life (2004)

Stability

The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.

-Unknown

Action

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1999)