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“We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth . We could swear they are real.”                                                 — The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruíz In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruíz, believing that all suffering arises from self-inflicted wounds, counsels readers to engender the conditions for a […]

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“One can’t understand everything at once, we can’t begin with perfection all at once…And if we understand things too quickly, perhaps we shan’t understand them thoroughly.”                                                                         — The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky Aiming to portray “a truly beautiful soul,” Dostoevsky wrote Prince Myshkin as a probing character, one whose feeble appearance creates the impression that he is […]

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“To love is not to possess the other person or to consume all their attention and love.”                                                  — Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Live In his five-part treatise “How to Live,” Thich Nhat Hanh teaches healthy approaches to living through sitting, walking, relaxing, eating and loving. Love, in the context of these teachings, is not the common […]

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First published in the San Diego Paralegal Association Newsletter “I think back to Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics in 1984, when I let the clock run out.  We lost the game, and the series. I was thinking too much. I should have gone with my gut and taken the shot as […]

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“Eventually, I came to the realization that I was the problem. It wasn’t Nike or the pressure to be number one or being an emblem of hope for my family, or any of that. It wasn’t losing Tunde. These were all contributing factors, but ultimately it was on me. It was all this negative energy I’d allowed to build […]

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“I’d come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clean-cut language. So I resolved always to speak –and to act—quite clearly, as this was the only way of setting myself on the right track.”                         –Jean Tarrou, The Plague by Albert Camus Camus used  The Plague as an expedient to present a misleadingly simple […]

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“When I was younger, so much younger, than today/ I never needed anybody’s help in any way/ And now those days are gone/ I’m not so self-assured/ And now I find I’ve changed my mind/I’ve opened up the doors” —  Help! (Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as performed by Tina Turner for Private Dancer) John Lennon […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “The most powerful and obvious ‘truths’ within cultures are often the things that are not said and not directly acknowledged.”                                     –Mary Anne Staniszewski, Believing is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art The context in which this statement arises within Staniszewski’s work is during the opening statements of this her […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “As an athlete, I couldn’t control what my teammates or the people against whom I was competing were doing, but I could control what I was doing, how hard I worked, and how disciplined I was about aspects of my training.” — Dylan Casey, in Come to Win California native […]

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by Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “Maybe the hardest part is if you teach, you have to live your teaching. You can’t say, ‘You do, not as I do, but do as I say.’ No, no. You have to say, ‘I’m doing my best to live what I teach.’”               […]

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