Hello fine readers and welcome to my Happy F***ing Mondays Post – a weekly newsletter that attempts to rewrite the narrative Mondays are the shittiest day of the week. (Or at least start it off in a slightly less shit fashion.)
This week it contains 3 thoughts from me, 4 quotes from others and 3 things I’ve been reading, watching and/or listening to this week.
As always I’ve finished with one something silly to hopefully make you all smile.
Love to all X
3 x Thoughts I’ve Been Thinking:
Don’t allow the world to make you “normal.” You’re better than that. Trying to be “normal” like everyone else requires far too much effort anyway. Your natural self is far more interesting. Let that person free instead.
There’s always light at the end of a tunnel. Remember that when it’s at its darkest.
A good time is worth far more than any material possession.
4 x Quotes I’ve been Pondering:
“Teach me neither to cry for the moon nor over spilt milk” – King George V had these words hanging in his library in Buckingham palace
“There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul. People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn’t look so good, or when the doctor writes “prognosis, poor.” … You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.” – Author Anna Quindlen from her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life
“Why would I think about missing a shot that I haven’t taken yet? – NBA superstar Michael Jordan on self-doubt
“Flatter me and I may not believe you. Criticise me and I may not like you. Ignore me and I may not forgive you. Encourage me and I will never forget you.” – William Ward
2 x Things I’ve Been Listening/Reading/Watching this week:
1 – This enlightening TED Talks daily podcast episode with Ibram X. Kendi (author of How to Be an AntiRacist) on the difference between being not racist and antiracist. If I could get anyone to listen to one thing this week it would be this podcast discussion with author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. “In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world — and replace it with love.”
My notes from the pod:
- The heartbeat of racism has always been denial. The sound beat has always been “I’m not a racist”
- We are either being racist or antiracist
- The heart beat of antiracism is admission.
- The only way to overcome racism is to be admit how we are/have been and ask how we can not be/be less so.
- To be anti racist is to recognise there can only be two reasons for racial inequality: Either there is something wrong with the people or there is something wrong with power and policy.
- If you believe that groups are equal then the only reason for inequality must be power and policy. If you spend your time correcting the imbalances of power and policy this is what it means to be anti racist.
- To have intelligent self interest is to understand that an equal world suits all of us!!! We would all be much better off.
- You either believe black lives matter or you don’t. The opposite to protesting is not protesting.
- We need to recognise our own mistakes. We are addicted to racism. This is why we are in denial. Most people are in denial of their own addictions. Admitting your addiction is the first step but then you must then act. Admission allows us to make the changes without resisting them.
- We spend too much time thinking about ourselves and far too little about how our own actions and words make others feel.
- George Floyd’s death demonstrated powerfully how black People are often made to feel.
- We should use our feelings to put into place the policy changes required to make permanent and lasting change. You cannot stop acting after simply doing one good deed. We need to make changes of a lifetime.
- There’s nothing wrong with the people – The policies aren’t serving the people properly.
- Progress always happens through demonstrations and resistance.
- In order to bring about change we have to believe in change.
2 – This brilliant Happiness Lab podcast episode: Demonic Possesions with Dr. Laurie Santos. In it Dr Laurie Santos examines why paying for experiences, such as going on a vacation or to a concert, is better for your happiness than buying material possessions.
1 x Silly Thing To Make You Smile:
The other day my wife and I were getting ready to go out for our weekly date night while leaving our son for the evening with our helper.
As he saw we were about to leave he started to cry.
We both melted.
“It’s ok sweetheart”, we said. “We’ll see you tomorrow.”
This carried on for a little while before we decided to finally leave.
Just before we did, he spoke.
“No apple juice”, he cried as he held up his sippy cup.
Our egos smashed to pieces.
Till next time,
Happy Fucking Mondays Everybody!
P.S. Don’t forget to exercise your silly muscle this week!
One Bonus question for you all:
A lack of what beverage makes you cry?
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