“Poorly written emails are an early warning of intense busy. Yes, I lack the time to proofread an email, but the mail is sent. At least I accomplished something. The step beyond this is when shit is truly falling on the floor, and while shit on the floor is professionally unacceptable, there used to be a point of irrational pride in my head during this situation: Look at me, how important I must be, with all the… busy.”
A Precious Hour by Tanner Christensen
PATIENCE: We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.
Ten Virtues for the Modern Age, by Alain de Botton
Carolyn Sewell said it. Chris Piascik illustrated it. And I am trying to teach it to my kids.
“Instead of looking at technologies programmed to enable human beings to better navigate the world I see technologies optimized to help corporations better navigate and manipulate human behavior. That’s not technology’s fault but a question of who and what we’re allowing to build our applications and whether or not we’re willing to look at them from the perspective of human need.”
Staying Human in the Machine Age: An Interview With Douglas Rushkoff, by Andrew O’Keefe
Always reminding my children of this, in different words though. Maybe I should try it this way.
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
– Van der Kolk
The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma
“Creation is in large part of merely the business of forgoing the great and small distractions.”
– E.B. White
(Taken from this CreativeMornings talk by Jocelyn K Glei)
“Every opportunity is attached to a person. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity — including one that has a financial payoff — you’re really looking for a person.”
– Ben Casnocha
From this article: The Key to Luck Is Being a People Connector, by Jocelyn K. Glei
“The volume of the ego is turned down so that it might listen to others as well as the self in an effort to approach life more humanely and compassionately.” The quiet ego brings others into the self without losing the self.
The Surprising Benefits of a Quiet Ego, by Scott Barry Kaufman