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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

This is a solid quote. And a solid goal.

One that I am striving towards.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossum.

Marcel Proust

Yes. Yes, we need more of this. We must be more grateful for the good that we see in others.

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Seth Godin on adult temper tantrums:

Toddlers have tantrums. Adults should solve problems.

Nailed it.

Derek Powazek shares some good thoughts about adulthood.

Adulthood is about learning your limits. Adulthood is about letting things go. Adulthood is letting one thing lead to another. So don't let your adult life be dictated by the idiot you were as a kid.

Life is growth and chance and struggle and sometimes it's good to let the past be the past.

Patrick Rhone shares a thought about kindness that struck me.

But, kindness is like that. Sometimes, this thing we do that we think will have a huge impact is a small gesture to those that receive it. Other times, the smallest gesture of kindness can be life-changing. We, the giver, don’t get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. We don’t get to know up front. And that’s good. Just be kind, and do kind things, big and small. Because, any kindness can outlast us.

We can never know how someone will take our actions. So, a good idea is to default to kindness. After all, we never really know what other people are struggling with unless they tell us.

In an email newsletter Shawn Blanc shared a sentence that rings like a universal truth.

Clarity about what matters also gives clarity about what does not.

It's so simple and so profound. If you find what matters then you will also find what does not matter.

Time to stop looking for shortcuts and time to start insisting on a long, viable path instead.

-Seth Godin on his blog about marketing.

But, I think this applies to more than just marketing. I think it applies to pretty much everything. Quit looking for the easy way to do things that will get you there faster (goals, challenges, tasks, whatever) and start doing things in a way that might take longer but, will be more satisfying.

I need to start doing this in my life.

I need to start working on my goals with a viable path in mind instead of looking for quick fixes that only approximate what I want.

I really enjoy Robert Macfarlane's Word of the day that he shares. This one and the accompanying photo is a great.

Avoid drama. Walk away in silence from anything that doesn’t improve your life. Calmness amongst chaos is a sign of emotional maturity.
- Vex King

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life
-Virginia Woolf

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