Greatness: something you’re born with, or something you achieve?

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

– Mark Twain 

I was so inspired by this post on the blog ‘Of Undisputed Origin‘ that I just had to comment on it further here. It discusses what makes people great. Is it a trait some people are born with, or something we can all work to achieve?  Continue reading

My Reading Challenge

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.

– Charles William Eliot

Reading is a way to broaden your living experience, to travel to a new place, to meet a person from the past or the future, someone like you to empathise with, someone different from you to learn from. So this year I’m focussing on broadening my reading experience as much as possible and thought setting myself a reading challenge would be a fun way to do it. Anyone keen to join me? Continue reading

A year of possibility

“When you throw everything up in the air anything becomes possible.” 

― Salman Rushdie

I entered the new year much as the same as everyone else: I cheered, I drank, and I considered all the things I was going to do with this bright, shiny, clean year ahead – namely all the things I didn’t do last year. Continue reading

Perfectionism

Perfectionism is just fear in really good shoes.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

Watch Elizabeth Gilbert discuss her thoughts on perfectionism on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday below: Continue reading

The interval between failure and success

Because no one is able to produce a great work of art without experience, nor achieve a worldly position immediately, nor be a great lover at the first attempt; and in the interval between initial failure and subsequent success, in the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation. We suffer because we cannot spontaneously master the ingredients of fulfillment.

– Alain de Botton

Minimalism: more than owning less stuff

We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy.

 – Richard Foster

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.  

– Harold Kushner

Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.  

– The Dalai Lama

For me, minimalism is about getting back to the essentials of life, the core of living. It’s about having and consuming only what I need.

I focus on the core of what I want to achieve. I want to be a writer, so I get a pen and a piece of paper and I write. I don’t spend time emailing or tweeting that I #amwriting. That’s extra. That’s more than the work. The minimum action I need to perform in order to be a writer is to write.
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Life is like coffee

Here’s a 3 minute video to help give you a little perspective for the week ahead. Why not watch it while you sip your Monday morning coffee … guaranteed it’ll be the best coffee you drink all week. Continue reading

Individuality

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.

You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The value of regret

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. 

― Arthur Miller

Regrets: I have them. We all do, I guess. We’re not supposed to, I’m told. You should never have regrets … but never seems quite strong a viewpoint to have. I think there’s some value in regret.  Continue reading