Steverino: 19 life-changing insights that will make you more confident and hopeful...

Ciao you beautiful and iconic genius...

I've had the awesome opportunity (and the chutzpah) to reach out and meet some of my heroes/mentors in life. Truth be told, they didn't know me from Adam, but I did somehow find a way to insert myself in their lives and thank them. I've written letters, waited hours after shows and even took a 4-day road trip just to say THANKS...

Does that make me a stalker?

Maybe...

Probably a little bit.

But, that's not my point.

What I am trying to say is that you don't have to know (or meet) someone to learn something from them.

Take the following 19 life-changing insights I've learned from complete strangers (some dead and some living)...

1. “In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” - Fred Rogers

2. "Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help." - Jean-Michel Basquiat

3.  "If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose.” - Charles Bukowski

4. “It's the ones without scars - those are the people you have to watch out for...” - Eddie Vedder

5. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” - Viktor Frankl

6. “Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” – Robin Williams

7. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” - Anne Lamott

8. “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” - Shel Silverstein

9. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

10. “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.” - Anthony Bourdain

11. “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” - Henri Nouwen

12. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

13. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant

14. “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”  - Barbara Kingsolver

15. “So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” - Hunter S. Thompson

16. “We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place - or not to bother.” - Jane Goodall

17. “This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”  - Alan Watts

18. “In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” - Brennan Manning

19. “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”  - Conan O'Brien

I know this is a little longer post than usual (it's actually twice as long), but I think you're worth it...

In fact, I know you are.

Here's to making the most of today...

Steve Knox