Bite-sized Wisdom: Kerr

There’s something to be said for keeping your wits about you during times of struggle. And I happen to think this lady says it well:

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“Some people have such a talent for making the best of a bad situation that they go around creating bad situations so they can make the best of them.”

– Jean Kerr

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Give it All Up in Order to Gain

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As we walk along through life, we often choose the path of least resistance. It’s natural to seek out this course…well-worn, safe, but likely absent of the events that will help us grow. Every day we decide whether we move forward or back – a subtle tango with ourselves and our standards.

It is also natural to conflate the notion of growth with the idea of “more.” But growth can come through removal, by shedding the things that no longer serve us. As you continue to grow, consider what you can give up in order to gain. And you can start here.

Release the need to:

Fill every moment of the day with tasks – It’s easy to stay hyperconnected, or busy, or attached to worries that can fill the hours. What’s more difficult is to detach, allow for silence, and reflect. It is only in these moments that tiny adjustments gain clarity. Can you recall having your best ideas when bogged down by 10 things at once? Or when you were caught in an otherwise unremarkable moment?

Please everyone – Freedom comes in the realization that it is not your responsibility to make every person in the world offer approval of what you do. Some may love it, others could care less. Find the one audience that matters most to you (this can be yourself!), and work to hold yourself accountable to these eyes.

Judge – Yourself and others. There is no grand tally score floating above our heads for who’s ahead in the human race. The only thing gained by this sort of negative self-talk/ derisive talk towards others is a weak soapbox upon which you can stand for moment as you try to relish in another’s downfall. When that person picks themselves up and moves on, you’re left with no foundation.

Keep Up with the Joneses – Just because someone bought their first personal jet doesn’t mean it’s time to put one on your credit card too. We all have different definitions of what will make us happy. Check in and make sure that what your coveting is actually something that will fulfill you rather than something you feel you should have.

Be right – Oh, the big one. A voracious, stubborn ego is not half so endearing as one that can admit when a mistake was made. Save yourself the headache and forgive yourself and others for past blunders. Do this as often as needed. 

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Coward

This playwright’s self-honesty and courage to face his flaws made for a persona whose personality defies his family name…and for plays laced with a wit all his own. Time to let your own mind off its leash.

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“My body has certainly wandered a good deal, but I have an uneasy suspicion that my mind has not wandered enough.”

– Noel Coward

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Andrews

This woman is the epitome of class. Enjoy the weekend all, and always make yourself ready for good things.

“Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.”

– Julie Andrews

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Stoppard

Because this man is a true class act who always seems to have a beautiful, simple way of putting things:

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”

-Tom Stoppard

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Graham

I’m pretty sure all successful people have this one thing in common: they never give up. This visionary choreographer gives her take on why.

“Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. ”
– Martha Graham 

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Berlin

From one of America’s classic theatre composers, a few parting words for the weekend.

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.”

– Irving Berlin

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