I just remembered this brief talk my friend Maria Popova she gave during our 5 year CreativeMornings Birthday in 2013. So many gems!
“Fear of not being understood is the greatest fear I thought lying on the bathroom floor at 11 P.M. Worse than not pleasing people, worse than anything else I can think of. Worse than being cold or alone. Worse than getting old.”
– Eileen Myles
“A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles. ”
― Tim Cahill
“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”
― Michael A. Singer
“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control.”
— Howard H. Stevenson
“I’ve never invested in the stock market or taken a risk on anything outside myself. I decided a long time ago that I would only bet on myself. I will risk two years on a book that’ll probably fall flat on its face. I don’t mind. I tried. It didn’t work. I believe in investing in your heart. That’s all I do, really. I’m a servant of the Muse. All money is on her.”
“Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.”
– Twyla Tharp
“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
― Michael A. Singer
I just discovered Femke Colaris on Instagram and I love how serene and consistent her images are. And, I absolutely adore her simple line drawings.
“As long as you are tactful, I have found that 95% people are extremely receptive to a clear “no.” Especially if you tell them why.”
Saying “No” with Grace, by Jocelyn K. Glei
What a remarkable woman.
Last week I visited the MoMA store in Soho and fell in love with this folding desk lamp. It folds down to nothing and is surprisingly bright. Wish listed!
“The essential principal of business—of occupation in the world—is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.”
– Alan Watts
“By retreating into ourselves, it looks as if we are the enemies of others, but our solitary moments are in reality a homage to the richness of social existence. Unless we’ve had time alone, we can’t be who we would like to be around our fellow humans. We won’t have original opinions. We won’t have lively and authentic perspectives. We’ll be – in the wrong way – a bit like everyone else.”
“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”