Stillness Within You

“Awaken the stillness within you.”
— Asad Meah

Attachments

This.

Life

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”
— James M. Barrie

Workism

“What is workism? It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose; and the belief that any policy to promote human welfare must always encourage more work.”

Workism is making Americans miserable, by Derek Thompson

(via Hurry Slowly)

The Universe Surrenders

“To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.”
— Lao Tzu

You Can’t Stop The Waves

“You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf.”
— John Kabat-Zinn

Joy

“What if joy is my only metric for success?”
– Sarah Jones

The hidden Life of Trees

“When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with large machines.”
― Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees

Work That Has No End

This quote, mentioned during Scott Harrison’s talk today at CreativeMornings/NYC, really made me think.

Think, Feel, Imagine

What you think,
you become.
what you feel,
you attract.
What you imagine,
you create.
— Buddha

Go Far

“If you want to go quickly, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
— African Proverb

Serious Leisure

“A hobby is an activity undertaken purely for its own sake, but technology attempts to monetize it. A friend used to make beautiful earrings occasionally. Almost ritualistically, she would buy the beads, and carefully craft the small, colored jewels in a quiet workspace. Then came Etsy. Now she makes beautiful earrings and sells them, ships them and manages this business along with a full-time job and a family. What was leisure became labor.”

Who killed the weekend?

(via Jocelyn)

There is No Time for Anything Else

“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after-thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”
Keanu Reeves Nanea Hoffman

I Have Only Now

“No matter how much time I save, I have only now.”
— James Richardson


(via Jocelyn)

The Trap of Early Feedback

“If you’ve created something that will delight and astound 10% of the marketplace, there’s a 90% chance that the first person who encounters your work will dislike it. He might even hate it. In fact, if you do the math, you’ll see that there’s more than a 70% chance that the first THREE people will hate it. And if you give up then, you’ve just walked away from serving the people you set out to serve.”

The trap of early feedback

To Wonder at Beauty

To wonder at beauty,
Stand guard over Truth
Look up to the noble
Resolve on the Good.

This leadeth man truly
To purpose in living,
To right in his doing,
To peace in his feeling,
To light in his thinking.

And teaches him trust,
In the working of God,
In all that there is,
In the width of the world,
In the depth of the Soul.

— Rudolf Steiner

(Thanks for sharing, Sam)

What A Ride!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson,

You’ll Be Criticized Anyway

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right —
for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Flourishing Needs

“The big prediction for the coming century is that enormous opportunities will open up for businesses that can skilfully address our Flourishing Needs. Technology, the wealth of nations and the shift in public taste will make this very likely. A great many of the multi-billion dollar companies of the future will be those focused on the fulfilment of flourishing needs: our need for self-knowledge around love, our desire for a satisfying social life, or our need for resilience. Bits of the tech sector are already nibbling at the borderline between Comfort and Flourishing needs, a trend aided by the forthcoming development of Artificial Emotional Intelligence. This, rather than the economies of developing nations, are what constitute the truly ‘emerging markets’ of the future.”

Business and the Ladder of Needs

Be Soft

“Be soft, without being weak,
be strong, without being violent.”
— Imam Ali

Action

“Action comes from tension, desire and fear.”
— Seth Godin

Taken from this blog post: Getting the Word Out.

Amplification

Obama’s female staffers employed “amplification” in meetings:

“When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.”

I. Will. Start. Doing. This.

Come Alive

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
— Harold Whitman

Tip Toe Quietly Out of My Life