Sunday Wisdoms #4

Hello, this is Sunday Wisdoms! Every week for 52 weeks, I’ll share 5 ideas/quotes/passages from my commonplace book that resonated with me during the past week. Occasionally, there will be ideas from me too. Take what you can get. Your mileage may vary.

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This is Week 4 out of 52.


Thich Nhat Hanh:

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax, and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”


Author and artist Austin Kleon in his book, Steal Like An Artist:

“So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored-the trick is to be too busy doing your work.”


Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel G. Amen:

“…no one gets better in a straight line.”


Content creator Dinara

“Life’s full of wonderful surprises, when we least expect them.”


Idea from me:

“I cannot possibly show how grateful I am for my friends and family because gratefulness is an intangible thing. But it is through writing that I could at least try to make the intangible, tangible.”


Till next week.

Always grateful,

Claire

Sunday Wisdoms #3

Hello, this is Sunday Wisdoms! Every week for 52 weeks, I’ll share 5 ideas/quotes/passages from my commonplace book that resonated with me during the past week. Occasionally, there will be ideas from me too. Take what you can get. Your mileage may vary.

Check out the past issues of Sunday Wisdoms here.

This is Week 3 out of 52.


Steve Jobs:

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it. They just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while; that’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”


Author and artist, Austin Kleon:

“…it’s not about being credentialed or being an expert, it’s about seeing a space open up, starting to do work that needs doing, sharing your ideas, and sticking around long enough so people show up and you can interact with them in a meaningful way.”


Author Neil Gaiman wrote:

“Don’t aim for perfection. Or rather, aim for perfection, but make what you make, and know that, as with everything, you get better the more you do. (The first loaves of bread I made in lockdown were unpleasant or inedible, some of them spectacularly so. Now, they are all terrific, and I can’t quite even remember how I used to mess them up so badly.)”


Author Roy T. Bennett:

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”


Author Ryan Holiday

“An interesting study I read a few years ago said that younger people associate happiness with achievement and older people with contentment. It’s something that certainly tracks with my experience. I thought I needed to do or have a bunch of things to be happy—and so that figured into a lot of my drive and work. It was positive in some sense, but also really draining in others. Today, I’m much more able to understand that happiness usually comes from a place of stillness, from feeling like you have enough in the moment, whatever that is. Even if it’s sitting in traffic or working really hard, you have to figure out how to enjoy what’s in front of you rather than see it as a means to an end.”


Till next week.

Always grateful,

Claire

Sunday Wisdoms #2

Hello, this is Sunday Wisdoms! Every week for 52 weeks, I’ll share 5 ideas/quotes/passages from my commonplace book that resonated with me during the past week. Occasionally, there will be ideas from me too. Take what you can get. Your mileage may vary.

Check out the past issues of Sunday Wisdoms here.

This is Week 2 out of 52.


Author KJ Dell’Antonia:

“…worrying about something you fear doesn’t prevent it, and it does keep you from enjoying whatever you’re doing right now. Plus, when things do go wrong, all we ever want is to be back in our nice cozy ordinary lives again—the ones we spent worrying about things that might go wrong! So don’t do that.”


Author Rebecca Yarros, The Last Letter:

“You’re free to choose, but you’re not free of the consequences of your choice.”


Artist and writer John P. Weiss:

“We go where we look.

It’s such a simple truth. Just five words, but its wisdom holds the key to achieveing greater focus. According to McGraw, we need to look ourselves in the eye, accept where we’re starting from today, push aside all the noise and negative self-talk, and go where we’re looking.”


Author Melody Beattie:

“Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”


From the Daily Stoic email: What Have You Managed to Get Done?

“No one knows what the next few months will hold, no one knows what strange, undesirable situation you may find yourself a decade from now. What counts, what you control, is what you manage to accomplish within it. What counts is how you respond, what counts is that you show up and live it.”


Till next week.

Always grateful,

Claire

Sunday Wisdoms #1

Hello, this is Sunday Wisdoms! Every week for 52 weeks, I’ll share 5 quotes from my commonplace book. Occasionally, there will be ideas from me too. Take what you can get. Your mileage may vary.

This is Week 1 out of 52.

Author Saint-Exupéry:

l’essential est invisible pour les yeux. (What is essential is invisible to the eyes.)

Author James Clear:

It will never feel like the right time. Do not wait for someone to give you permission to begin. Nobody is going to top you, nominate you, appoint you, or choose you and say, “Now, it’s time to start.”

Ralph Marston:

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

Srivinas Rao, The Art of Being Unmistakable:

Worrying about what other people think is a jail of our own creation, the irony of it is those people are in the same jail with us.

Tom Kelley and David Kelley, Creative Confidence:

Start with a growth mindset, the deep-seated belief that your true potential is still unknown. That you are not limited to what you have been able to do before.