Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy.
As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. In 2012, he named the writer’s great great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy his cultural advisor. He made War and Peace a prominent set piece in the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics.
When we think we’re winning, we may be losing, or even planting the seeds of our own destruction.
We grow up, grow old, and if we’re lucky, grow wise.
But such wisdom always comes at a cost.
Today’s trials often pave the way to tomorrow’s triumphs.
Things are never as lovely as we may wish, nor as bleak as we may fear.
Compassion is the truest form of courage.
Life is right here, right now.
It is happening every moment, all around.
Look, pay attention, but don’t judge.
Plans often don’t work, but planning is essential.