Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes

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    I make stuff up all the time
    b5337094835has quoted4 months ago
    make stuff up all the time.

    her zaman bir şeyler uydurmak.

    murungiatuhairwehas quoted7 months ago
    You must do the things you think you cannot do.

    —ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
    murungiatuhairwehas quoted7 months ago
    Because no matter how hard a conversation is, I know that on the other side of that difficult conversation lies peace. Knowledge. An answer is delivered. Character is revealed. Truces are formed. Misunderstandings are resolved.
    murungiatuhairwehas quoted7 months ago
    Freedom lies across the field of the difficult conversation.

    And the more difficult the conversation, the greater the freedom.
    murungiatuhairwehas quoted7 months ago
    Meaning, nothing works if you don’t actually decide that you are really and truly ready to do it.
    murungiatuhairwehas quoted7 months ago
    It’s just something we forget.

    We could all use a little more love.

    A lot more love.
    murungiatuhairwehas quoted7 months ago
    when you become a person with any kind of power, don’t ever become a person who screams. Even in hysterical fear.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    Say yes to everything for a year.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    , here he is, President Hanlon of Dartmouth College, on my phone. Calling. He has a question. He wants to know if I will give the commencement speech at the college’s graduation in June.

    A twenty-minute speech. In front of about ten thousand people.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    If they had asked me, I would have said no.

    That thought makes me sit up in bed.

    What?

    If they had asked me, I would have said no.

    My face gets hot. I’m embarrassed, as if there is someone else in the room hearing the words inside my brain.

    If they had asked me if I wanted to sit in the presidential box at the Kennedy Center Honors, I would have said no.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    The grenade explodes without warning.

    It happens at four in the morning a few days before Christmas. I’m flat on my back in the middle of my king-size bed. Eyes pulled open against my will. Something’s snapped me awake, yanked me out of sleep.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    One single out-of-the-ordinary event occurs: I fly to Washington as a new trustee of the Kennedy Center. I attend the celebrations, making my first trip to the White House. And then, for magical reasons that to this day I still don’t understand, I am told I will be sitting with the president and the First Lady in their box at the Kennedy Center Honors.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    You are a single mother but you are not a single mother. I live four blocks away. Sandie lives four blocks away. Your parents live forty minutes away and would love to stay with the kids. You have literally the best nanny in the world. You have three amazing best friends who would step in and help at any time. You are surrounded by family and friends who love you, people who want you to be happy. You are your own boss—your job is only as busy as you make it. But you never do anything but work. You never have any fun. You used to have so much fun. Now, all of these amazing opportunities are coming your way—once-in-a-lifetime opportunities—and you aren’t taking advantage of any of them. Why?”
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    I feel totally triumphant. I’m a mother. A mother, damn it. I have children. THREE children. And I’m running two television shows at one time. I have more than six hundred crew members depending on me for work. I’m a mother who works. I’m a working mother.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    “I also have a job! Two jobs! Grey’s Anatomy AND Scandal! Three children and two jobs! I’m . . . busy! I am a mother! I’m a writer! I run shows!”
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    Which is why right now I’m verbally tap-dancing around the room, shaking it like I’m competing for a mirror-ball trophy. I’m trying to get my sister to show any sign of being impressed, a glimmer that she might think I’m remotely cool. Trying to get a reaction from these people I’m related to, well, it has almost become a game for me. A game I believe that one day I will win.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    See, I am an introvert. Deep. To the bone. My marrow is introvert marrow. My snot is introvert snot. Every cell in my body screams continuously at me with every word I type that writing this book is an unnatural
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    This book is not fiction. It’s not about characters that I made up. It doesn’t take place at Seattle Grace or Pope & Associates. It’s about me. It takes place in reality. It’s supposed to be just the facts.
    Ширали Асыпкановhas quotedlast year
    Time is simply not my friend. My memory is ever-so-slowly being replaced by blank spaces. The details of my life are disappearing. The paintings are being stolen off the walls of my brain.
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