A Good Life

“People matter. Meaning matters. A good life is not a place at which you arrive, it’s a lens through which you see and create your world.”
Jonathan Fields

Send One Scary Email

“Send one scary email today. A scary email is sending an email to someone who has no reason to say yes to what I’m asking or who will certainly reject me. If you got one, send it. Start and start small.”
Amena Brown

Moments That Used to Make You Feel Tension

“How do you know the healing is working?

When you can breathe normally and think calmly during moments that used to make you feel tension. ”

Young Pueblo

The Only Way To Life Your Life

“The only way to live your life is not to give a damn what anybody thinks. Decide what your values are, and then operate according to them. When you do that, it makes life so much easier.”
Cindy Gallop

Look After Yourself

1, Celebrate small things
2, Celebrate big things
3, Don’t compare
4, Make time for exercise
5, Eat well
6, Look for the good
7, Stop being so hard on yourself
8, Have some rest. Don’t feel guilty about it
9, Give yourself a pat on the back
10, Bed early

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Know Your Worth

Love yourself. Be clear on how you want to be treated. Know your worth. Always.
– Maryam Hasnaa

Work With The World

“Complaining is not a strategy. You have to work with the world as you find it, not as you would have it be.”
– Jeff Bezos

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Rejection –> Re-Direction

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”
– Steve Maraboli

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Being In Alignment

“You’re unhappy because you’re not in alignment with who you are. Not because of what anyone else is doing.”
– Maryam Hasnaa

The Scene is not Desolate

“As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time.”
E. B. White

To Get a Group to Open Up

“To get the group to be vulnerable, he said, we facilitators needed to share an even more personal story than we expected our clients to. We would set the depth of the group by whatever level we were willing to go to; however much we shared, they would share a little less. We had to become, in effect, participants.”
― Priya Parker

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Taking Responsibility for Your Life

“When you take responsibility for your life, you can choose peace instead of drama, growth instead of complacency and love instead of abuse.”
– Kyle D. Jones

Negative People

“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”
– Albert Einstein

Community Management

“A garden needs both fertilizer and weedkiller. But most of all it needs a gardener. Go back in and participate as much as before. Community manage with a heavy hand. Promote good people, respond to them. Make them shine. Build good admin tools to silence bad actors.”
Caterina Fake

Done With Big Success

“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving, human forces that work with individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.”
– William James

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The Art of Gathering

“We get lulled into the false belief that knowing the category of the gathering—the board meeting, workshop, birthday party, town hall—will be instructive to designing it. But we often choose the template—and the activities and structure that go along with it—before we’re clear on our purpose.”
― Priya Parker

Loving this book: The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

A Beautiful Catastrophe

“A hundred times I have thought: New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: it is a beautiful catastrophe.”
— Le Corbusier

A Sense of Appreciation

“The more practice you give your brain at feeling and expressing gratitude, the more it adapts to this mind-set — you could even think of your brain as having a sort of gratitude “muscle” that can be exercised and strengthened. If this is right, the more of an effort you make to feel gratitude one day, the more the feeling will come to you spontaneously in the future. It also potentially helps explain another established finding, that gratitude can spiral: The more thankful we feel, the more likely we are to act pro-socially toward others, causing them to feel grateful and setting up a beautiful virtuous cascade.”
– Christian Jarrett

Found in this article: Sense of Appreciation Is the Single Most Sustainable Motivator at Work

CreativeMornings Manifesto

Everyone is creative.

A creative life requires bravery and action, honesty and hard work. We are here to support you, celebrate with you, and encourage you to make the things you love.

We believe in the power of community. We believe in giving a damn. We believe in face-to-face connections, in learning from others, in hugs and high-fives.

We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighborhoods and cities around the world.

Everyone is welcome.

Every time I read our CreativeMornings Manifesto my heart swells up a little. Have a look and see if there is an event coming up in your city. And, if you’re a creative company, join our directory so you can be discovered and discover other heart forward creatively minded humans.

Gardeners of our Souls

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust

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The Power of Positive People

“Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything.”

The Power of Positive People, by Tara Parker-Pope

How To Grow Old

“Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river — small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being.”

Bertrand Russell on What Makes a Fulfilling Life

How the Web Was Lost

“As public outrage grows over the centralization of the Web, and as enlarging numbers of coders join the effort to decentralize it, he has visions of the rest of us rising up and joining him. This spring, he issued a call to arms, of sorts, to the digital public. In an open letter published on his foundation’s Web site, he wrote: “While the problems facing the web are complex and large, I think we should see them as bugs: problems with existing code and software systems that have been created by people—and can be fixed by people.”

When asked what ordinary people can do, Berners-Lee replied, “You don’t have to have any coding skills. You just have to have a heart to decide enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.” In other words, it’s time to rise against the machines.”

“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, has some regrets

(Thank you Manu)

Givers

“Givers Get Lucky.”
Do Lectures