“If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.” -Julia Soul
If you think you may have made mistakes, you are probably on the right track. That means you’re doing things even though you’re not perfect at them, which is the only way to learn and grow.… Read More
“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” -Horace
Have you ever heard the phrase “Feel the fear and do it anyway”? The first time I heard this, I immediately thought, “How?” How exactly do you push yourself to do something when everything in your body tells you not to do it?… Read More
“Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.” -Doris Mortman
When I was a little girl, before I learned to question myself or my abilities, I decided that one day I would have it all.
I imagined I’d be a famous actress, I’d marry the man of my dreams, and we’d have and adopt lots of children that we’d take around the world, à la Brad and Angelina.… Read More
“When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” -Miguel Ruiz
Years back, in a group therapy circle, I met a man who provided an interesting definition for paranoia: It’s when you’re sitting in the bleachers at a football game, watching the players in a huddle, convinced they’re talking about you.… Read More
“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” -Jim Rohn
We all get busy. We have responsibilities to meet. We have coworkers and superiors expecting things from us. We have ambitions and goals, things we want to improve in ourselves and our lives. I suspect that underneath it all, what we really want is to make a difference for other people.… Read More
A while back, when a friend of mine lost her best friend in a car accident, I found a site called Love Bomb that inspired and moved me.
Every week, the Love Bomb community comes together to leave uplifting comments on a blog post written by someone who’s going through a hard time.… Read More
“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” -Pema Chodron
Most people have areas where they’re willing to accept new information and others where they just won’t budge.
An overweight friend of mine used to believe she needed a relationship to be happy, but that no one could love someone her size.… Read More
“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” -Joan Borysenko
The other day, as I approached the street I needed to cross to visit the Coffee Bean near my apartment, I noticed there were only 5 seconds left on the walk signal. Instinctively, I ran. With a laptop.… Read More
“Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.” ~Unknown
The other day, a friend told me how his previous relationship fell apart. His girlfriend failed to disclose a major resentment based on a misconception, and instead initiated a series of arguments over little things until their relationship eventually collapsed under the weight of all that confrontation.… Read More
“The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that.” -Eckhart Tolle
Today I read that Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped in 2002, is going to join ABC as a correspondent, covering missing persons.
In case you haven’t followed this case, Elizabeth was only 14 when Brian David Mitchell abducted her from her Salt Lake City home.… Read More
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
The other day, I was looking through friends’ Facebook albums–and by friends, I mean teenage cousins, readers I’ve yet to meet, and acquaintances from high school.
It all started so innocently, clicking on a recently added photo on my wall, and before I knew it, I was knee-deep in the lives of people I rarely see, have never seen, or haven’t seen in years.… Read More
Some days, it’s easy to smile. You wake up to the sounds of birds chirping, with the warm glow of the morning sun cradling your face. You take several deep, cleansing breaths standing beneath a perfectly cascading shower, just before drawing a smiley face on the steamed-up glass with your index finger.… Read More
“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” -Aristotle
No matter what you’re trying to do, someone somewhere has a harsh opinion.
Maybe it’s a virtual stranger. Since the advent of the Internet, people can easily vent their judgments behind a cloak of anonymity.… Read More
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” -Mary Engelbreit
In a recent response to my blog post about dealing with difficult people, an anonymous commenter mentioned that she has a negative team member, an irrational supervisor, and an ineffective HR manager.… Read More
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” -Tim Cahill
Not too long ago, someone asked me how scalable Tiny Buddha is, and how I plan to expand the site to reach millions of people and generate substantial revenue.
My answer was (and is) that I don’t. I have absolutely no concrete plans to reach certain benchmarks for readers or dollars.… Read More
“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” -Maori Proverb
People often comment that the Tiny Buddha emails come at just the right time for them, and I think there’s a simple explanation for that. They all address universal challenges–things we all deal with, and often.… Read More
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Gandhi
If only tomorrow were here.
You’d have that promotion you feel you’ve earned. Your bank account would have an extra zero or two. You’d be finished with the improvements on your house, and ready for new ones to make it even more comfortable.… Read More
“To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.” -Unknown
It’s one of life’s greatest challenges: learning to constantly evolve without undermining the beauty of who you are in this moment. In fact, it seems like a bit of a contradiction. If you’re committed to becoming who you could be, how can you simultaneously value and honor who you are?… Read More
“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~Buddha
Whenever I write or publish a post about following your heart professionally, inevitably someone comments that it’s far easier said than done. I completely understand this instinct. After all, most of us don’t start with a massive nest egg that allows us to explore our passions without concern for financial security.… Read More
“Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.” -Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
So many times in life we hop from illusion to illusion.
We imagine that we’re finally getting closer to happiness, when the very fact that we’re looking for it in the future makes it unlikely we’ll experience it in the present.… Read More