Bite-sized Wisdom: Hayes

Forget the need to always correct your story to suit you best.  Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?

“The story of a love is not important-what is important is that one is capable of love.
It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.” 

– Helen Hayes

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Time as a Friend, Not an Enemy

Dear Time,

Sorry that I have been upset with you recently. It was surprising when I looked up and realized that this season was already bidding its adieus. I’ve chastised you for being too slow, angered when you seemed to go too fast. You were relentless, tempered. I was one shade less than peaceful. Wishing for extra moments wasn’t providing any…because you, with inimitable sageness, knew there were already enough. Exactly enough of you to go around. No more, no less. Now I realized that I’ve been trying to change you, instead of just letting you…be. So thank you for your patience. Forgive my need to rush or to hold you back.

Looking forward This is a perfect moment – thanks for being here for it.

Forever yours,

Your Friend

Because Lots of Things Were Impossible Before Someone Tried to Do Them

A little roundup of the internet’s finest wild horses for your Monday:

Thought it was too late to learn a language? Looks like we can pick up that foreign tongue post-13 after all.

Just think! Never breathing, ever again!

Brilliantly done. It’s things like this that make you know you’ve lost a good one. When choosing actors to play you, Nora Ephron gives a very convincing argument for Meryl Streep.

Kids are fantastic. Louis C.K.’s sound like wry comics in the making.

Had no idea that the process was this extensive. Just how one gets cast in a Cirque du Soleil show.

Oh yes. Are you ready to be happy yet? How about now?

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You Can’t Plan for Everything – Might As Well Learn How to Enjoy the Ride

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.

– Paulo Coelho

Bite-sized Wisdom: Brook

Having just finished The Empty Space, figured it was about time to share some of this man’s intuitive insight. Let time be a friend, a force for good in all that you do.

“Time, which is so often an enemy in life, can also become our ally if we see how a pale moment can lead to a glowing moment, and then turn to a moment of perfect transparency, before dropping again to a moment of everyday simplicity.”

― Peter Brook

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Good Things Develop in Time

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway

– Earl Nightingale

We are a culture of wanting, a generation of impatience. Without instant answers we let muddled, hurried thoughts lead us to frustration – “if not now, then when?” – and subsequently abandon the path before reaching its first curve. We want the results without the work. How can we ensure that we reach our goal when the clock on the wall seems to show time zooming by at a frightening pace?

1. Train your mind in patience. Start small, set little boundaries, challenge yourself. Promise yourself to do an extra set of crunches, try 24 hours without social media, or put your favorite guilty-pleasure food at the edge of your desk, and see if you can go 8 hours without touching it. Little successes add up to big ones in time. Each step is significant.

2. Make a list. Of 10 things you would do if time were no issue, if no obstacles stood in your way. Look again at the list. Realize that each one of these things is possible – the obstacles are the excuses we make for ourselves. Pick one and commit 30 days to getting closer to that goal. You reach the end of a month and it’s still not done? Well, you’re 30 days closer than you would have been had the idea just stayed on paper. Put time into it, get something out of it.

3. Refrain from patting yourself on the back. Studies actually show that if you tell everyone that you’re planning on doing something, you get the same emotional response as if you had actually completed the task. Ex. if you say “I’m going to run a marathon,” and everyone gives you a thumbs up and says “great” before you’ve even bought a pair of running shoes, this little convo can stop you from following through with your initial plan; you already received validation. So be hard on yourself. Keep chugging along whether or not others cheer you on. The reward comes from the journey itself, not only the result.

4. Acknowledge those who doubt you, but don’t let them slow you down.  There will always be people that think what you are doing is crazy/not worth your time/impossible/silly/whatever – but that’s why it’s your dream, not theirs. Use any concern and skepticism as fuel. Just like a drill sergeant who whips you into shape, let their words ring in your ears just long enough to light a fire under you. Then go. Do, create, be, and never look back.

5. Keep going. No matter what. Even if the path does not take you where you expected it would, you’ve learned something. And your brain thanks you for it, I’m sure of it.

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Pinter

Another great playwright puts it all in perspective for us. Enjoy the weekend!

“I mean, don’t forget the earth’s about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?”

– Harold Pinter

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Barrie

Looking for special moments? A few words from the author who brought us the boy who never grew up:

“You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.”
– James M. Barrie


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