Life

“Life is best thought of as service.”
– W.R. Lethaby

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Time

“Time heals what reason cannot!”
– Seneca

Creativity

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou

Skepticism and Wonder

“Both skepticism and wonder are skills that need honing and practice. Their harmonious marriage within the mind of every schoolchild ought to be a principal goal of public education. I’d love to see such a domestic felicity portrayed in the media, television especially: a community of people really working the mix — full of wonder, generously open to every notion, dismissing nothing except for good reason, but at the same time, and as second nature, demanding stringent standards of evidence — and these standards applied with at least as much rigor to what they hold dear as to what they are tempted to reject with impunity.”
Carl Sagan

Believe Them

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
– Maya Angelou

Present

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
– Albert Camus

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Success

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

Doubt

“I don’t think there’s an artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”
– Francis Ford Coppola

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Legacy

“Your legacy is every life you have ever touched.”
– Maya Angelou

Negative Emotions and The Creative Process

“Rigor is the key to overcoming obstacles and completing tasks—and good mood doesn’t improve problem-solving, which involves judgments that almost by necessity won’t feel good: critique and evaluation, experimentation and failure. The stress that arises from problems may be unpleasant but it also motivates us to complete tasks, Davis says. In other words, negative emotions are actually beneficial to the creative process.”

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

Calder on Fan Mail

“My fan mail is enormous – everybody is under six.”
– Alexander Calder

From the book Art is the highest form of hope

Backed by Action

“Be a practical dreamer, backed by action.”
– Bruce Lee

Climb That Mountain

The fact is: sometimes you just have to do things for no other reason than to do them. Do them because you can. Because they exist. As George Mallory said when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: “Because it’s there.”

3 important life skills nobody ever taught you.

(via my favorite newsletter)

Stop

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.”
– Will Smith

A Bit Shaky

“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely utterly, wildly terrified? Good. Keep going.”
– Victoria Erickson

Vacationing Is Good For You

“Before you can go to the Bahamas for a week, don’t you first need to learn how to tolerate an entire elevator ride without checking your email?”

This Slate article explains why we need to take more vacation and offers examples of how some companies get more of their employees to do so. Definitely something you don’t need to teach the Swiss, but seems to be the case here in the US.


(via Josh Spector’s newsletter)

Children

Meet the Perennials

“We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push up against our growing edge and know how to hustle. We comprise an inclusive, enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.”

Gina Pell on the Perennials, the growing group of people who aren’t bound by age in the way most people in society used to be.

Be Generous

“Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.”

Part of a post by Maria Popova in which she shares 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings.

Remember this:

Feeling Inferior

This quote!

(via The little Book of Confidence)

Instant Gratification

“Everything is instant gratification and the problem is too many people have applied that instant gratification to their careers and to their lives.”
— Simon Sinek

Watch the talk.

Beauty

Beauty

(via DesignCrush)

Hope

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”
– Suzanne Collins

To-Do List Make Over

“One of the reasons that so many of the tasks on our to-do lists end up woefully undone is because we have to go to meetings, and we have to do email; they create their own urgency. But if you want to make sure that you regularly accomplish meaningful work—the type of work that helps you advance your career, push forward important projects, or expand your skill set—you have to make time for it. (Productivity guru Stephen Covey calls this putting the “big rocks” in first.)

It so obvious yet I have never done it, but carving out time for ‘meaningful work’ is the first thing I’ll start doing after reading this article by Jocelyn G. Klei.