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macrolit · 13 hours ago
To care passionately for another human creature brings always more sorrow than joy; but all the same… one would not be without that experience. Anyone who has never really loved has never really lived.
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) English writer
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randomreasonstolive · 2 days ago
Reason to Live #6544
 I want to say “Good morning” to the nice old lady downstairs.  – Guest Submission
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a-pirates-threnody · a month ago
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M. A. Thompson - I Won’t Write My Poem ‘Till I’m In My Right Mind X
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Mary Oliver X
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Richard Siken - road music
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George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin) in her letter to Gustave Flaubert X
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Ada Limón - The Carrying X
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Nikki Giovanni - Mirrors X
“I just want to be kind in a world that isn’t”
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lovelybluepanda · 5 months ago
How to love everything in your life
This is a twin post for Why discipline is toxic.
Let's start with your environment.
Credit to Marie Kondo because most things here are from her book. (a summary here but i suggest people to read the manga or watch her show for more details)
Don't clean just to clean. Clean for your self. Why do you want to live in a clean environment? Be very specific. (Wanting to feel less stressed, wanting to feel organized, wanting to be surrendered by things you love etc)
When you clean, remember why you do it. You do it out of love for your own person because you want to feel comfy in a clean space. (Or any other reason) Just don't think you have to clean for the sake of cleaning. There are so many reasons why living in a clean space can be great.
Look at your things and remember why you like them. Kondo suggested keeping around things which "spark joy". The thing is, when you do this, you feel happier because you like everything. Suddenly folding clothes is nice, moving books to their place is nice, keeping papers only in a certain spot brings happiness etc.
Don't think of this as a chore but as an activity to relax. Folding clothes is origami, doing the dishes can be avatar water bending style, cleaning cupboards can be a puzzle for organization etc.
Outside world
Walks can be intimidating when you're alone but...
Try looking for a nice place in your city. Try finding beauty in a common spot. Try looking at things like you're a tourist fascinated by everything. Or an alien, that works too.
Look at the nature. The sky is always different yet beautiful. The sunlight is delightful, especially in the morning. Doesn't the grass look enchanting and makes you want to have a picnic? When you see the same things daily, it's difficult to see them as something special every day. Try learning that.
Walks are good for your body. You walk around to relax. It's an act of love for yourself.
What's something you like about that activity/task? Find something, anything. Maybe you like how fast you can type and look at it as a game while you write emails. Maybe think how pretty food looks when you have to cook. (Anime moodboards help a lot with this) Perhaps you like the happiness people display when you help them with your job.
Try thinking it's an important task and how would you teach someone to do it. Everything is worth teaching and sharing knowledge seems to be a love language many have.
Maybe you don't like the task in any way, how about the feeling you have when it's done? Or the activities you can do after you're done? Think of the pleasure you have once the task is done if the task itself is so unlovable.
Worth mentioning, think of the concept of everything having a spirit. (this way of thinking is popular in witchcraft and Shintoism) won't you enjoy thinking the fairy next to the pile of dishes will he happy they're clean? Maybe it likes the dish soap's scent. Your imagination/perspective can make a task fun.
When you dislike someone, write a list with what you dislike about them. Then write another list with tasks you love/like. Try to make the like list as long as the disliked traits list.
For your friends, ask yourself why you like them? Is it the way they listen to you when you need? Is it the silly sense of humour they got? Is it their optimism? Bonus points if you tell them your every once in a while why they're important to you.
Write a like/love letter. Not in a romantic way but in an appreciation way. No need to give it to them. Just write it to see what makes these people special in your eyes.
Strangers, try to think they are undiscovered treasures. You can always learn something from anyone. You don't have to talk to new people, but this way of thinking will make you seem more invested in what they have to say.
Your person
You can write yourself love letters~ really, when was last time you took time to appreciate your own beauty?
Avoid criticism to your own person. Yes, you can make mistakes. No, you shouldn't be cruel because of the mistakes.
Do daily something that makes you happy.
How to actively make you happy
You can find love in everything and everyone. There's always something to appreciate in people and there are always certain emotions which are triggered by things or concepts. (The smile of your friend, the fluffy fur of the pet, the pretty decoration of a cake, the softness of your blouse etc) Just pay attention around you.
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drewperrymore · 4 months ago
My boyfriend & I are a gay couple living in Alabama and we need help. We've been struggling to find work since covid and our power will be disconnected soon. We're only $200 short of our bill. We've been trying to get back on our feet, but it's been difficult and we need a little help. If anyone can help, I've put our donation links down below. I know things are hard for everyone right now, we just don't have anywhere else to turn to. Our parents are homophobic and we can't ask them for help. Thank you for your kindness.
cashapp: $peterperrypan
venmo: @DrewPerryBrown
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memoryslandscape · 4 months ago
What we care for, we will grow to resemble. And what we resemble will hold us, when we are us no longer. . . .
Richard Powers, from The Overstory (W. W. Norton & Co., 201
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knotty-memes · a year ago
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Important wholesome shit
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macrolit · 53 minutes ago
The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but rather the care given to the welfare of all the people.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American author and lecturer
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So she had to satisfy herself with the idea of love—loving the loving of things whose existence she didn’t care at all about. Love itself became the object of her love. She loved herself in love, she loved loving love, as love loves loving, and was able, in that way, to reconcile herself with a world that fell so short of what she would have hoped for. It was not the world that was the great and saving lie, but her willingness to make it beautiful and fair, to live a once-removed life, in a world once-removed from the one in which everyone else seemed to exit.
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
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randomreasonstolive · a day ago
Reason to Live #6552
 To be there to support my family, especially my mom. We both need it.  – Guest Submission
(Please don't add negative comments to these posts.)
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lovelybluepanda · 20 days ago
Okay but listen here: self-care out of spite.
Go to that movie alone because no one else wanted to go.
Journal because no one listens to you.
Treat yourself to that new restaurant and show you need no company to treat yourself.
Work on your confidence so no one can discourage you with their words anymore.
If no one is there for you, you be there for you. Seriously, don't abandon yourself.
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jellynut · 8 months ago
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Clown Tumblr! I foster clowns with my partner and we are very deliberate and mindful of when our clowns mate. This morning, when I went to tend to my farm animals, I heard a rustle in the hay loft and spotted this. It seems like a pigmy of some sort and while it is very curious, it is too cautious to get close to. Is it possible that this is a stray? Please, if you have any advice or information about this specific breed of clown, I will be most obliged. I currently am fostering a mother Pierre and four of her young. I also have a rescue Scare Clown who is very old. Would it be dangerous to bring this new breed into my home? 
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starseedsrise · 11 days ago
“The šunktokeca (she-wolf) wraps her neck around his, conveying unconditional love. Wolves are loyal and affectionate — having only one partner their entire lives.” - Lakota Man
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