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these words: growing

31 Jan

“Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass without impunity.”

~Auden

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these words: change

14 Dec

change

verb (used with object)

1.

to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone:
to change one’s opinion;to change the course of history.
2.

to transform or convert

these words: kindness

15 Nov

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”

– Seneca

I saw this painted on a curb in Beverly Hills recently. Seems like someone is trying really hard to send a message. It inspired me to try just a bit harder at some stuff too.

I have been trying to work on my kindness and compassion recently. Not taking myself too seriously, thinking of others and considering their feelings before I jump head first into an immediate reaction.

Kindness can take us a lot of places, where will you let it take you this week?

these words: lessons

2 Nov

“A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned. Life first will send the lesson to you in the size of a pebble; if you ignore the pebble, then life will send you a brick; if you ignore the brick, life will send you a brick wall; if you ignore the brick wall, life will send you a demolition truck.”

-Oprah

I have been thinking a lot about this. This idea of learning from life experiences is really meaningful to me ( and probably to a lot of my post-grad peers) right now. Life seems to be coming at my fast and furious and sometimes I feel like I can’t quite figure which way is up. It makes me want to give up, call in sick and hide under the covers until someone tells me what the hell is going on next, but we all know that’s not really an option….most of the time.

The mis-matched life I’m currently leading has lead to some amazing, disappointing and fun lessons that I think I need to pay a bit more attention to. I need to work on squeezing a bit more JOY out of the pulp of life. Really make it work for me. Really fight for the europa in the regular.

I don’t know, I think it’s a phase, but I guess it’s better to learn from the phase before that demolition truck comes a-knockin’… right, people?

these words: make it

19 Oct

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

an evening rainbow out of my office building window

 

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10 Oct

“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

– W.A. Ward

Sometimes it is good to keep things in perspective. Let’s make today the best we can because after all, it is completely and utterly unique within all of its imperfections.

these words: excellence

4 Oct

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

dude knows what's up.

I have now been going to hot Moksha Yoga regularly for about 2 weeks and I have to say- I’m hooked. I can see so much truth in Aristotle’s quote. There really is something in the act of repetition that can greatly improve you as a human being. By going two or three days in a row, I found that it was no longer a chore, but rather something I crave. Going regularly has encouraged me to eat healthier and more consciously, as well as make better decisions in my life in general.

So I guess Aristotle really is right, excellence can be achieved, but you might have to get up at 5:30am a few days a week to make it happen…

these words: kindness

29 Sep

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

~Plato

The work week is rough for everyone.

So even if you want to pummel the jerk who chews loudly three cubicles down, or paces when he takes every call, let’s bump up the kindness today and give everyone a chance…

Send a sweet card for no reason, give someone a compliment– small kindness today people. Let’s test it out.


these words: attitude

21 Sep

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

– Winston Churchill

Couldn’t be more true. I’ll cheers to that!

these words: worth

19 Sep

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.”

– Charles Sprugeon

Celebrate your small pleasures this week

Happy Monday everyone.