Let’s get to work!

Farmer, headed to work

Stephen King, from On Writing:

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration to come, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Also from On Writing:

But it’s writing, damn it, not washing the car or putting on eyeliner. If you can take it seriously, we can do business. If you can’t or won’t, it’s time for you to close the book and do something else.

Wash the car, maybe.”

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photo credit: bernat… via photopin cc

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Give to me, or take away from me.

Pascal's calculator

Two views of the calculator Pascal invented

A prayer of Blaise Pascal (via Nick Martineau):

I ask You neither for health nor for sickness, for life nor for death…. Give to me, or take away from me, only conform my will to Yours. I know but one thing, Lord, that it is good to follow You, and bad to offend You. Apart from that, I know not what is good or bad in anything. I know not which is most profitable to me, health or sickness, wealth or poverty…. That discernment is beyond the power of men… and is hidden among the secrets of Your providence — which I adore, but do not seek to fathom. Amen.

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Brene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability

bento box

Selected excerpts from Brene Brown, in the best TED talk I’ve seen. (Yes, better than Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about creativity and education. IMHO.) She is both funny, and incredibly insightful. (Plus, her subject matter applies to every single human on the face of the earth.)

I was surrounded by people who believed, “Life’s messy: love it,” but I’m more, “Life’s messy: clean it up, organize it, and put it into a bento box.”

In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen — really seen.

“the courage to be imperfect” – “fully embrace vulnerability” – “the willingness to do something where there are no guarantees.”

…vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but… it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.

You cannot selectively numb emotions…. when we numb those [painful feelings], we [also] numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness.

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Bento box photo via here.

Before speaking, THINK!

Before speaking, THINK: Is it true, helpful, (said) in live, necessary and kind?

Before speaking (or sending that email, tweet, etc.), think:

– Is this True? Do I know it for certain? Or is it based on a source I should question? Or merely my personal opinion?

– Is it Helpful? Or just plain hurtful? Or am I just showing off?

– In Love? Is love my motivation? Or is my motivation being right?

– Is it Necessasry? Does it really need to be said?

– Is it Kind? Am I saying this the way, the time, and the place I would be most receptive to hearing it

Download a printable pdf that can print ten ‘THINK’ cards out on Avery Business Cards paper stock.