One of the novel’s protagonists — a young black woman in 1930s Philadelphia — becomes an emissary of the power of music as an instrument of self-discovery and self-possession, a living testament to song as the pulse-beat of the soul 

— Maria Popova Self-possession: “the state or feeling of being calm, confident, and in control of one’s feelings; composure.” — Dictionary “What is self-possession in philosophy? Self-possession is just that: not being possessed by someone else. It is achieved not through controlling ourselves, but through recognising how we unwittingly cede power to others, and then ceasing

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It’s staggering how expectations can alter how you interpret current circumstances …

— Morgan Housel (https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/goalpost/) ”… In 2004 the New York Times interviewed Stephen Hawking, the late scientist whose motor-neuron disease left him paralyzed and unable to talk since age 21. “Are you always this cheerful?” the Times asked. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21,” Hawking said. “Everything since then has been a bonus,” he replied.

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