It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.
Above all, I had no idea that in the seven years to follow, this labor of love would become my greatest joy and most profound source of personal growth, my life and my living, my sense of purpose, my center.
Click image for more. I share these here not because they apply to every life and offer some sort of blueprint to existence, but in the hope that they might benefit your own journey in some small way, bring you closer to your own center, or even simply invite you to reflect on your own sense of purpose.
Illustration from 'Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children's Literature Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. We then go around asserting these donned opinions and clinging to them as anchors to our own reality.
Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words.
Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued.
Build pockets of stillness into your life. Ride your bike going nowhere in particular.
The best ideas come to us when we stop actively trying to coax the muse into manifesting and let the fragments of experience float around our unconscious mind in order to click into new combinations. Be as religious and disciplined about your sleep as you are about your work.
We tend to wear our ability to get by on little sleep as some sort of badge of honor that validates our work ethic. But what it really is is a profound failure of self-respect and of priorities.
What could possibly be more important than your health and your sanity, from which all else springs? You are the only custodian of your own integrity, and the assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you.
Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. Ours is a culture that measures our worth as human beings by our efficiency, our earnings, our ability to perform this or that.
Ernest Hemingway on Writing “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. The best writing advice I ever got applies to all forms of communication The enthymeme was invented by Aristotle and improved by George Guthridge, author and professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Brodsky not only recommends that everyone reads and then develops their library, but actually revisit books to prevent them being covered with layers of dust, absorbing the writing from fine authors like well, it depends on your mother tongue as Brodsky may have ironically frowned on translated prose.
One of Maurice Sendak's vintage posters celebrating the joy of reading. Then, just for good measure, here are seven of my favorite pieces from the past seven years. Yes, it is exactly like picking your favorite child — so take it with a grain of salt.
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Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living (Repost with link in comments.
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White thought and opinion writing advice history and literature lit interviews “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” E.
B. White, echoing Tchaikovsky and adding to our running archive of famous advice on writing. If you aren’t familiar with the writing of Maria Popova, prolific author of the “discovery engine for interestingness” known as Brain Pickings, Can you offer any advice to writers that you might offer yourself, if you could go back in time and “do it all over?” Brain Pickings is one of my favorite “newly founded” websites.
The Best Brain Pickings Articles of the Year ck-admin / 0 Comments / ck curates / The psychology of the perfect daily routine, how to criticize with kindness, the creative purpose of boredom, Kafka on what books do for the soul, and more. Aug 15, · Always interesting to see thoughts on the writing process from various authors.
At the link, below, are six tips put together from a John Steinbeck interview.