You’re not responsible for the hand of cards you were dealt. You’re responsible for making out what you’re given.

~Christopher Sommer

Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

“How come you’re always happy?”

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A friend once asked, “How come you’re always happy? You’re always fascinated by everything, even things that don’t really matter.” 

She said that right after I had taken out my eggs from the microwave. It was my first time poaching eggs in the microwave, and I couldn’t help but be amused at how well it turned out.

“Well…” as I answered her through mouthfuls of food, “it’s because I’m always learning.”