…direct and honest connection…

If ego is the voice that tells us we’re better than we really are, we can say that ego inhibits true success by preventing direct and honest connection to the world around us.  – Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy, 3.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  – Paul, Romans 12:3 (NRSV)

…lives untroubled…

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has as much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.  – Rainer Maria Rilke