Bite-sized Wisdom: Jonson

This contemporary of Billy Shakes knew the importance of surrounding yourself with good company:

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“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice”
– Ben Jonson

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On Personal Growth

Seven Good Reasons to Stop Whatever You’re Doing and Go for It

How to Become a Better Writer, Friend, and Person

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– Get up early, go sit down and write
– Journal without editing yourself
– Find seeds of great ideas in the piles of subconscious ones you’ve just laid out for yourself
– Repeat until it no longer feels like a chore, but a part of your day you anticipate with excitement
– Continue ad infinitum

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– Make time for people that matter to you
– Send a note to let them know you’re thinking about them what big or little life events pop up (“Good luck on that interview!”, “Hope you fly safe!”, “That recipe you gave me is le bomb.”, etc.)
– Show support when good things happen to them, and even more support when the bad sneaks in
– Refuse to let distance be an obstacle. There are a million ways to stay connected nowadays. If Facebook isn’t cutting it for you, agree to start writing each other postcards. No one gets real mail anymore – just think of what a treat it would be to get something worthwhile in the mailbox.
– Continue ad infinitum

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– Stop comparing, stop complaining, stop selling yourself short
-Continue ad infinitum

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Half Sleep Half Waking

A man awoke with a song in his mouth
He rounded his lips around the sounds
To find the words as they fell out one by one

He gathered them swiftly and laid them out
Saw familiar phrases but gave them new places
So that the pieces of melody might befriend them
And learn the shape of each others’ truth

The man went to sleep with a song in his heart
Humming a tune that pin-pricked his silence
A refrain half-familiar, a reminder of love

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Reasons Why Alan Cumming is Winning at Life

And now in a little homage to the winner of “People I’d Most Like to Be Best Friends With,” may I present Mr. Alan Cumming. Endlessly versatile and extremely talented, this man has turned his life into a work of art. Curious as to why he’s won the title? Check out just a few of the reasons below.

He’s not afraid to wear:

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This

This

 Or this (lil bit NSFW).

This Letter to a younger version of himself.  

He was Loki first (so what if it was in the otherwise terrible Son of the Mask?)

He’s not afraid to laugh at himself. 


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Bite-sized Wisdom: Bradbury

In honor of a man whose work defined what it means to be courageous. Thanks for the ever-inspiration Ray. You will be missed. 

“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore…” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.” 

– Ray Bradbury

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How Do You Measure Success?

Does no good to compare when everyone is on their own unique path to success. Should you lay these paths out side by side, you will see they are all equally fulfilling. Choose your own, mix and match, and remember that your success story may not look a thing like someone else’s.