Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
–Tenzin Gyatso, Fourteenth Dalai Lama
The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.
–Esther Dyson, Interview in Time Magazine, October 2005
I want to go to bed content and to wake up excited.
When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.
— Thomas Monson
Naming an emotion begins the process of regulating it and reflecting on it.
–Dr. Sue Johnson
If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.
During a concert, a pop singer talked to the large audience, telling them that it is not true when they say to themselves that they are not beautiful, not important, and so on. Then she continued with some simple words that resonated with the audience:
“Now, let me tell you the things you REALLY are not:
You are NOT the opinion of somebody who doesn’t know you.
You are NOT damaged goods just because you’ve made mistakes in your life.
You are NOT going nowhere just because you haven’t gotten where you want to go yet.”
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
–Henry Ward Beecher
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut.
There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours, at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
The things that get scheduled are the things that get done.
Your day is your life in miniature.
Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.
Life would be perfect if Anger had a Mute button, Mistake had a Back button, Hard time had a Fast Forward button and Good time had a Pause button.
Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
Jul 27, 2016.
Psychiatric care providers who operate from either a dogmatic psychotherapeutic paradigm or a psychopharmacological paradigm are hobbled by having access to only half the patient.
–David Mintz, MD
Mar 8, 2016
…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
–(Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2)
Mar 1, 2016
We have two lives, and the second one begins when we realize we only have one.
Feb 22, 2016
Shakespeare on the effect of alcohol on sex:
…it provokes and unprovokes. It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
—(Macbeth Act 2. Scene 3)
Feb 15, 2016
Psychiatry is the stepchild of medicine and addiction is the stepchild of psychiatry.
–Dheeraj Raina, MD
Feb 8, 2016
People don’t change when they see the light, they change when they feel the heat.
Feb 1, 2016
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
Dec 14, 2015
Change breaks the brittle.
—Jan Houtema (via Paul Graham)
Dec 4, 2015
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Nov 24, 2015
Focusing attention has been compared to controlling a troop of wild monkeys. Attention craves novelty. It needs to be entertained and loves to leap from branch to branch making new connections.
(Heard in a different context but so relevant to ADHD!)