Enough

“Enough is a decision not an amount.”
– Alison Faulkner

Learn To Relax

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax…”
William S. Burroughs

Make You Feel

I don’t believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.
– Gloria Naylor

(via)

Rule of 3 In Conversation

“Rule of 3 in conversation. To get to the real reason, ask a person to go deeper than what they just said. Then again, and once more. The third time’s answer is close to the truth.” –
– Kevin Kelly

Something Worth Noticing

“The body of work you’re creating adds up over time. The consistency and empathy of your vision will seep through. Drip by drip, you’ll create something worth noticing.”
Crickets by Seth Godin

Laughter

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
― Anne Lamott

Audience Capture

“Audience capture is an irresistible force in the world of influencing, because it’s not just a conscious process but also an unconscious one. While it may ostensibly appear to be a simple case of influencers making a business decision to create more of the content they believe audiences want, and then being incentivized by engagement numbers to remain in this niche forever, it’s actually deeper than that. It involves the gradual and unwitting replacement of a person’s identity with one custom-made for the audience.”

The Perils of Audience Capture, by Gurwinder

(via Bailey)

Five Rules of Being a Grown-Up

You must not have anything wrong with you, or anything different about you.

If you have something wrong or different about you, you really need to correct it. You need to be able to pass under all circumstances.

If you can’t correct it, or change it in any way, you should just pretend that you have. It’s not a problem anymore. Good news!

If you can’t even pretend not to have corrected the situation, you should just not show up, because it’s very painful for the rest of us to see you in your current condition.

If you’re going to insist on showing up, you should at least have the decency to be ashamed.

– Salon Tom Weston’s Five Rules of Being A Grown-Up

(via Ann Lammott in this interview)

Despair

“Despair is a failure of the imagination.”
Wade Davis

Creativity

“Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.”
– Arthur Koestler

The Next Note

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.”
Miles Davis

Our Real Work

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
Wendell Berry

Hold Your Love

“The right person will know how to hold your love. The right person will choose you just as deeply as you choose them. You will not have to quiet the way you care, you will never feel like you are too much. You will not have to beg for the love you deserve. One day, you will be met where you are. One day, you will be someone’s favorite thing, and you will not be confused you will not feel like you are fighting for someone who isn’t fighting for you. One day, you will understand that it never mattered how tightly you held on to the wrong people, how intensely you tried, because the right people were always going to find you. The right people were always going to stay.”

A Gentle Reminder by Bianca Sparacino

You Are What You Love

“You are what you love, not what loves you. ”
― Charlie Kaufman

The World

“You don’t see the world as it is – you see the world as you are”.
– The Talmud

Books

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Feeling Nameless Feelings

“Consider that collectively, we are in a place where many of us are feeling nameless feelings right now. It is possible that years down the line, we may have to create new words to describe what we were feeling in this space. Some of the words we use to describe what we’re experiencing right now just might not feel like enough… and maybe, that’s okay… because we have never been here before. This is all brand new, and maybe, in time, the words will need to be new, too.

Perhaps, feeling what you need to feel is a process… and finding the language for those feelings is a process, too.”

Morgan Haper Nichols

You in Action

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open…”
Martha Graham

Something More Concise

“I want something more concise, more simple, more serious; I want more soul and more love and more heart.”
Vincent van Gogh

Pleasure in Work

“When we find pleasure in our work, we see how jobs and tasks, even ones that are challenging or difficult, can be done with purpose and engagement. Work, a necessary component of life, has the potential for both ecological responsibility and a sense of dignity. Finding pleasure in our work guides us in two ways: it helps us recognize personal work that is inspiring, gratifying, and productive; and it helps us humanize any workplace we find ourselves in.”
– Alice Waters

(From the book We are what we eat)

You Can’t Wait

“You can’t wait until life’s not hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
Nightbirdie

Approaches To Problems

Pessimism: We have a problem, but we can’t solve it

Optimism: We have a problem, and we can solve it

Responsibility: We have a problem. Can I help solve it?

Initiative: We have a problem. Here’s how I’m solving it

Adam Grant

Born Into Communities

“Once upon a time people were born into communities and had to find their individuality. Today people are born individuals and have to find their communities.”
— K-Hole

(via Nalden)

Reading

“Reading is migratory, an act of transport, from one life to another, one mind to another.”
— Jenny Xie

(Thanks Patrick)