“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”— JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE (via thegirlwiththemessyhair)
I just deleted facebook. Most liberating thing ever. I feel like I can be a better, more productive, more creative person now, instead of just wallowing in the stupid posts of people i don’t even like. Honestly, I get the update on all the people I really love… so I don’t need it obsessively every minute via my phone.
“I loved having a dad who was smarter than the New York Times, and I loved how my cheek could feel the hairs on his chest through his T-shirt, and how he always smelled like shaving, even at the end of the day. Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.”—~ Jonathan Safran Foer,Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (via asettingsun)