Welcome to the personal website of Kevin Carlow. 

I enjoy blogging about my life, books I’ve read, and topics I’m exploring. 



“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies within us.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment.”

– David Steindl-Rast


“One of the key paradoxes in Buddhism is that we need goals to be inspired, to grow, and to develop, even to become enlightened, but at the same time we must not get overly fixated or attached to these aspirations. If the goal is noble, your commitment to the goal should not be contingent on your ability to attain it, and in pursuit of our goal, we must release our rigid assumptions of *how* we must achieve it. Peace and equanimity come from letting go of our attachment to the goal and the method. That is the essence of acceptance.”

– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


“Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more. …within the organized chaos of family life and work, with all their demands and responsibilities, frustrations and unsurpassed gifts, there is ample opportunity for choosing simplicity in small ways.” 

– Jon Kabat-Zinn


“Peace is every step.” 

– Thich Nhat Hanh