The best-laid plans of mice and men1 last ‘til they get punched in the face2

Once, I asked Suzuki Roshi, “what is nirvana, enlightenment?” He replied, “seeing one thing through to the end.” -in Zen Is Right Here: The Wisdom of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick via Upaya Zen Center’s Dharma Podcast

Humans are independent actors (whether they are rational or irrational is a different story) and have free will (maybe). But every action has an equal and opposite reaction.1 Or, said a different way: You are free to do whatever you want. You need only face the consequences. Sheldon Kopp via The …

I like this quote from James Clear: Think about what you want today and you’ll spend your time. Think about what you want in 5 years and you’ll invest your time.

Music should always let you know that you can have an experience but never tell you what the experience is. But it just says to you, “come along, I’m gonna take you on a journey and it’s gonna be different.” Hans Zimmer on Song Exploder (at about the 21:30 mark) An approach …

Consider this my new work day goal: Spend the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem. via fs’s brain food newsletter

RZA and Lex Fridman chatted a bit and this line about Tupac jumped out at me: He was really good at communicating love and at starting revolutions, and that’s dangerous. timestamped overcast link

Politician and Noble Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption: “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” feels relevant via James Clear’s 3-2-1

Writer and essayist Lu Xun on the power of collective hope: “Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” via James Clear’s 3-2-1 newsletter