“No matter how many plans we make or steps we follow, we never know how our day is going to end up. We’d prefer to know, of course, what curveballs will be thrown our way. It’s the accidents that always turn out to be the most interesting parts of our day, the people we never expected to show up, a turn of events we never would have chose for ourselves. All of a sudden you find yourself somewhere you never expected to be and it’s nice, or it takes some getting used to. Still, maybe you’ll find yourself appreciating it somewhere down the line. So you go to sleep each night thinking about tomorrow, going over your plans, preparing for them, and hoping that whatever accidents come your way will be happy ones.”—(via quotedocument)
“Ask two people to tell you anything, you’ll get two versions. Even easy things like directions, let alone important or semi-controversial topics like why a fight started or what a person was generally like. If you don’t know something for yourself, you just can’t be sure.”—Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (via simply-quotes)
To break uncolored glass in any form but that of a mirror or a bottle is a fortunate omen; but if the glass is red, future trouble and anxiety are implied. If green glass is broken, bitter disappointment will be your lot.
First, out of a dozen-and-a-half of glasses wrapped in a box shipped from some store, one completely shattered; second, while having dinner with his future wife, his mother managed to knock over a water glass; and three, after the wedding, the glass frames a friend shipped completely shattered en route. According to this Jewish man, shattered glass is a good omen sign: Breaking anything, let alone glass, normally isn’t a sign of good luck. But we Jews make an exception. The climactic moment in any Jewish wedding is the part when the groom stomps his foot to smash a glass, right before the ceremonial first kiss as husband and wife. Some say that the custom symbolizes the irreversibility of the union. You cannot, after all, put shattered glass back together. Others believe that even in times of great joy, we should remember that much of the world remains broken, and that we should dedicate ourselves to mending it. Still, I can’t help but associate broken glass with the defining story of Jewish mysticism. In the beginning, God contracted all of the Divine light in the universe and contained it in a glass vessel to make room for Creation. But that light could not be contained and remain separate from the rest of the existence, and so it expanded and shattered the glass, sending holy sparks in every direction. Today those sparks remain hidden, trapped in shards of glass, waiting to be freed by our acts of love and kindness. —eric antebi
in other words, i’m getting married soon kidding. i have to be careful now.
“The difficulty of always feeling that you ought to be doing something is that you tend to undervalue the times when you’re apparently doing nothing, and those are very important times. It’s the equivalent of the dream time, in your daily life, times when things get sorted out and reshuffled.”—Brian Eno (via austinkleon)