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.

Learning for learning

Just these days, I have been constraining myself to not do things that are entirely unrelated to what I’ll be doing in the future but I realized that I’ve been also constraining myself to who I need to be and only thinking about what I think I will be doing in the future. No one knows what will happen in the future, hence there is no perfect idea of what I should do right now to get me to where I need to be. So in every day, it’s more of doing what you think is right and doing what you love and not thinking whether what I’m doing now will lead me to a higher-paying job later or not.

And this is where hobbies come in, hobbies are something that you do just because it makes you happy. Most of the time hobbies start with a curious question in the form of “How do you do this?” or “How do I use it?”

Writing is one of my many hobbies. I get a lot of questions from my family asking whether I make money from it and whenever I said, “No,” they would then have a follow-up question, “Why?”

The question “Why?” not in a sense of genuinely asking why do I not make a profit from it but “Why am I pouring so much effort on doing something that will not give me material wealth?”

My answer for that is best written and explained by Austin Kleon:

“The lives of great thinkers teach us that learning is the verb of life. The trick to lifelong learning is to exercise your curiosity as much as you can and to let it guide you where it wants to go. To pay attention to what you pay attention to. To not worry so much about where things are going to lead. To learn for learning’s sake, not because it’s going to get you something, necessarily, but because you have faith that the things that interest you will help you become who you need to be.

Your interest and your desire and your instincts are your compasses. They show you the way.

It’s a hard thing to internalize, but once you do, it’s one of the most powerful things. It sets you free.”

 Reading was my first hobby and somewhere along the road, I picked up writing. Those two were my hobbies for years and had greatly influenced who I am now. Remembering how my hobbies have influenced me about how I treat other people, how I think, and how I do, I go back and ask myself, “Why should I be only doing things related to professional growth?” because who I am now is mostly a result of just continuously pursuing my hobbies.

I’ve written about people who had great contributions in their chose fields as a result of their hobbies. (Read: https://clairesessays.wordpress.com/2020/07/24/you-cannot-be-really-first-rate-at-your-work-if-your-work-is-all-you-are/Most of the people I wrote about have hobbies that are unrelated to their professional career but along their lives, they had applied things that they learned from their hobbies to their jobs.

Lately, I have learned how to use a few Adobe applications just because I want to. Well, I accidentally tapped the free trial button. So, instead of wasting it, I looked for learning resources. So far, I’m glad that the accident happened because I’m enjoying learning design software.

I hope that whatever you are doing now is something that you love doing. Learn and let it guide you in your journey. Rather than expecting (controlling and predicting) what will happen in the future, let’s anticipate what the future holds, on where our actions today, of doing what we love, will take us.

August-December 2020 Calendar Free Printables

A few years ago on Tumblr, I was amazed by how these amazing artists can do monthly printables and now, I knew how to make one.

My younger self who loves to print monthly printables, created for free by artists in the studyblr community on Tumblr, did not even imagine that, years later, she would be able to make one as well and share it with others.

 

Versions 1, 2 and 3 can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u86CiIKAJ3siy6_JY65vM7xmt2cpMRg4?usp=sharing

Keeping a Quotes Notebook

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There are moments wherein I just suddenly stop in the middle of something and I ask myself, “Why am I doing what I am doing?”.

There are times wherein I get carried away by the monotony of life but reading my quotes notebook snaps me out of it.

My quotes notebook is, yes, filled with quotes. I started it last September 2019 and it’s almost full today!

I tend to overthink about unnecessary things. Reading the words of people who have lived/continues to live for a purpose greater than themselves, keeps me grounded. They remind me of what is truly important. Somehow, reading my quotes notebook almost every day helps me to remind myself of what I need to do and why am I here.

When I stress about what happened yesterday, these quotes remind me to live today.

“Any man can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burden of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives men mad. It is remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday or the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.” – Richmond Walker

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever I am starting a new project or on the course of executing a project, reading the words of people who came before me helps me so much to continue to do.

“None of us know what will happen. Don’t spend time worrying about it. Make the most beautiful thing you can. Try to do that every day. That’s it.” – Laurie Anderson

“You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything– all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure– these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.” – Steve Jobs