potent quotables.

 Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade. –Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 The world won’t be made safer by creating barriers between people. –Michael Palin

 Sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city’s wealth of public life must grow.  — Jane Jacobs

 An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. — Charles Bukowski   (Another way in which mediators are artists!)

 I tell you what freedom means to me: no fear. –Nina Simone

Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or the so-called negative aspects of our life to the side… we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.  — Jeff Bridges 

Hey babe, calm down. Tomorrow there will be sun. –Gabourey Sidibe

quick fix of six pix.

 The past is always tense, the future perfect. — Zadie Smith

 Until  you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great. — M.C. Escher

 Keep cool but care.  — Thomas Pynchon

 People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.  — Blaise Pascal

 Have you ever stared stark failure in the face, young man? The trick is, outstare it! –Angela CarterI may not have gone where I wanted to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be. — Douglas Adams

failing on top of the world.

I just returned from Tokyo, where I conducted three 5-day, intense, back to back mediation trainings, hosted by Hitotsubashi University. Learning mediation (or anything) requires the freedom to experiment — and fail — and a comfort level with vulnerability. We had great conversations about how this was challenging in a context that often values perfection and face-saving. So here’s a little collection of sketches for my students who gave themselves permission to learn by screwing up and by exposing their emotional strengths.

deep six pack.

There are actually seven drawings below, but I’m not so good with numbers. You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.  –Pablo Neruda

 It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest. — Chuck Berry, RIP

 A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions — Charles Darwin

Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole. — Derek Walcott, RIP

Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all. Peace Is dynamism. Peace is generosity. — Archbishop Oscar Romero

If you understood everything I said, you’d be me. — Miles Davis

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. — Tennessee Williams