Why do you write?

In her book ‘Negotiating with the dead, a writer on writing’, Margaret Atwood pens all the reasons she can find for why writers write. It’s a rather extensive list. I wonder if your reasons are in there … many of mine are! 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

Success

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Stop living your life to gain the approval of others and start living according to your own values. Do what makes you happy. This is the only way to achieve success.

There is nothing you cannot do

When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think what am I going to do today, or tomorrow, or think about what I did yesterday. I think today is going to be the best day of my life.

– Tao Porchon-Lynch 

It’s Monday, and I thought a little inspiration was in order … Continue reading

Never stop pursuing your dreams

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

– Gabriel García Márquez

The Shock of the Fall

The worst thing about this illness isn’t the things it makes me believe, or what it makes me do. It’s not the control that it has over me, or even the control it’s allowed other people to take.

Worse than all of that is how I have become selfish.

Mental illness turns people inwards. That’s what I reckon. It keeps us forever trapped by the pain of our own minds, in the same way that the pain of a broken leg or a cut thumb will grab your attention, holding it so tightly that your good leg or your good thumb seem to cease to exist.

– The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer

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

Word of the day: Decide

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

decide –

[verb] come or bring to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration

Stems from the latin ‘de’ meaning ‘off’, and ‘caedere’ meaning to cut’.

Make the decision, here and now, to live your dream. Cut out all things that are not part of this dream. Remove everything that distracts or prevents you from fulfilling your dream.

This is the essence of becoming truly great.

Joan Didion on Self-respect

Self-respect is a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be developed, trained, coaxed forth.

– Joan Didion

I just read Joan Didion’s essay ‘Self-respect: its source, its power’. It’s a beautifully written piece that resonated with me so I wanted to share it. Continue reading