Habits | Productivity | Writing

Lost Words

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will…

Exploration

The World, Unmasked

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” — Franz…

Career | Learning | Personal Growth | Poetry

Doing, With Purpose

“There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker “You seem to spend a lot of time worrying if you will survive, and you will probably survive…. It’s the wrong question! The question is how to be useful.” — Peter Drucker to…

Personal Growth | Poetry

Ours Alone

“You are everything that the rest of the universe is not.” — Ogawa (via @bashosociety) Is it the ego speaking when you reflect on Ogawa’s words? The universe can feel overwhelmingly vast, and we are but bit players in the big scheme of things. Who are we to brashly believe we have a significant stake…

Fitness | Habits | Lifestyle | Personal Growth

Irreplaceable Instants

“Every instant of our lives is essentially irreplaceable: you must know this in order to concentrate on life.” — André Gide Here we go again: another week beginning. Much like last week and the week before, yet we’ve changed. We’ve layered on our moments of insight and irreplaceable instants that root us in identity and…

Lifestyle | Personal Growth

Enjoying the Interval

“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.“ — George Santayana Santayana was a Harvard professor who personally influenced a long list of people who in turn became influential themselves. People like Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Walter Lippmann, Gertrude Stein, G. E. Moore, Wallace Stevens and others. So the way…

Culture | History | Relationships

Break the Chain

“For you and your children hold a message: act so that the fruit of hatred, whose traces you have seen here, bears no new seeds, either tomorrow or forever after.” — Primo Levi This world offers a full sampling of good and evil. We sip from the fountain we choose to belly up to. It…

Travel | Learning | Personal Growth | Poetry

Reach

To understand many things you must reach out of your own condition. — Mary Oliver, Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way There’s a place for nuance. There’s a place for understanding. And above all, there’s a place for meeting in the middle. This inclination to receptiveness runs counter to the toxic stagnation of self-centered. There…

Learning | Music | Personal Growth | Poetry | Relationships

To Grow and Know

“With each encounter with truth one draws nearer to reaching communion with it.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet What resonates? Doesn’t it change moment-to-moment as we ourselves change? As the world offers lessons, from subtle and brutal? Just what is our truth, our first principle? We try to arrive by sorting….