Consider the following to be an antidote to whatever blather our so-called “President” engages in later this evening.
Back in October, the invaluable Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) reflected on ten years of maintaining her blog and, in the process, highlighted ten important life lessons she has learned. I reproduce them here as bullet points, but you should follow the link below for her full, and illuminating, explanations:
- Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
- Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
- Be generous.
- Build pockets of stillness into your life.
- When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
- Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
- “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” (Debbie Millman)
- Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
- Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.
- Don’t just resist cynicism — fight it actively.
In the same post, Ms. Popova also mentions some of her favorite subjects and influences: Oliver Sacks, Virginia Woolf, Ursula Le Guin, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, James Gleick, Herman Hesse, and Patti Smith. And that list, as one glance at the website reveals, barely scratches the surface of her wide-ranging intellect and curiosity.
Brain Pickings is a treasure trove, and Maria Popova is a treasure.
We now return you (hopefully refreshed) to your regularly scheduled Trump.