there's a truth deeper than experience. it's beyond what we see, or even what we feel. it's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. we're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. it doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world.
"The pain that cut my spirit loose...I will use this sharp pain to penetrate my daughter's tough skin and cut her tiger spirit loose. She will fight me, because this is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and give her my spirit, because this is the way a mother loves her daughter."―Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club 🐯🐯 #tigermom
"i was scared. but he told me, "if you fight and win, you will get some money." my family was poor back then, we didn't have much money. for the most part, we could only afford eggs. so i said, "okay, i will try it out." i was very nervous in the first round, my legs were shaking. but after the first round, i wasn't scared anymore, i just went along with my game plan. i won by decision. when i got that 100 baht ($3 ), i thought it was a lot. I felt very happy that I was able to make money. I gave it all to my grandmother. I put it in her hand and went to sleep." ―Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 10 yrs old. (my savage world champion instructor is also the world's SWEETEST GRANDSON )