A verse from the poem, 'To You' by Walt Whitman,
"You have not known what you are, you have slumber'd upon yourself all your life
Your eyelids have been the same as closed most of the time
What you have done returns already in mockeries
The mockeries are not you
Underneath them, and within them, I see you lurk."
I like it. A lot.
And the movie, 'Leaves of Grass'
I saw a boy riding a bicycle the other day. It was raining. He was riding it with one hand and he held an umbrella in the other, and had an unusual confidence on his face, with earphones in his ears as well!
It was a good sight, one of those rare ones, which get a smile on your face for no particular reason, but you feel positive energy being transferred to you in an eccentric manner.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
And I wonder if I've mentioned a few of my favourite lines here earlier.
"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. Travelling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey."
I believe we are solely responsible for our happiness or sadness. It is we, who called for it, it is we who attract it to ourselves and it is we who have given the authority to someone else to decide 'our' happiness or sadness. Yes, it isn't a permanent situation but a state of mind. But it starts with us and comes back to us.
"And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these only the Small Things are ever said. The Big Things lurk unsaid inside."
~ The God of Small Things