Hello lovely readers and welcome back to my weekly newsletter! The only newsletter that can’t decide what to call itself… (Please let us know if you prefer Friday Flyer, Flying Fridays, or Mindset Mondays. If any other ideas I’d be glad to hear them too!)
Following a 3-2-1 approach, it contains 3 thoughts from me (that you should ignore), 2 quotes from others (that you should read), and 1 something special (maybe).
As a bonus I’ve finished with one joke that’s so bad, it’s good!
3 x Thoughts:
1) We only do things for one of two reasons, because it makes us feel good or we believe it is good. This is where our consciousness becomes our friend. We have the ability to determine what is right despite how it makes us feel.
2) You can’t sprint a marathon. The bigger the project or goal the steadier the pace should be. You need to zoom the lens way out to keep that perspective. You were never meant to build Rome in a day.
3) Acceptance places responsibility and hope where it belongs: in you. It gives you clarity to then take meaningful action based on your values in the present moment. It’s rarely a question of whether you should act or accept, but a question of order. Accept and then act.
2 x Quotes:
“Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”― EPICURUS
“Excitement is contracting; it narrows your world. Your focus is on what comes next, always a few steps ahead of where you are. Excitement temporarily feels good. And there is no doubt that bursts of excitement add texture to your life. But if you are obsessively trying to generate the feeling, you may miss out on what is in front of you because you are already moving ahead. Ease, on the other hand, is expansive. Time slows and space widens.”– BRAD STULBERG SOURCE: The Practice of Groundedness
1 x Thing:
This Ryan Holiday article: These 5 Stoic Strategies Will Help You Slay Your Stress. Quote below:
The wonderful thing about what the Stoics called “the dichotomy of control” — that is, separating the things we can control from the things we can’t — is the resource allocation it promotes. When you stop worrying about what’s not in your control, you have more time and energy to put toward the things you can influence.– Ryan Holiday
1 x Joke:
My youngest son was eating egg the other day.
I said to my wife, “It looks like he’s having an egg-cellent time.”
She rolled her eyes.
Then my son threw his egg on the floor. I said, “Oops, looks like he’s had a little egg-cidnet!”
At this point, while I was laughing to myself, I managed to spill my own drink.
My wife looked at me and said, “Who has egg on their face now?”
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