Nat’s Second Rule

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Bailey

“Don’t be tossed away by your monkey mind. You say you want to do something—“I really want to be a writer”—then that little voice comes along, “but I might not make enough money as a writer.” “Oh, okay, then I won’t write.” That’s being tossed away. These little voices are constantly going to be nagging us. If you make a decision to do something, you do it. Don’t be tossed away. But part of not being tossed away is understanding your mind, not believing it so much when it comes up with all these objections and then loads you with all these insecurities and reasons not to do something.”

Natalie Goldberg

 

 

Opal of my Eye

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Lessons from my dog:

Find a quiet, sunny place to sit and just enjoy!

Jump and run even if you’re so sore afterward that you can hardly walk.

Eat with gusto and no regrets.

Forgive quickly and stay faithful.

Always go for walks and smell flowers along the way.

Naps = good; stress = what’s stress?

 

 

Values

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Gainor

“Good values are 1) reality-based, 2) socially constructive, and 3) immediate and controllable. 

Bad values are 1) superstitious, 2) socially destructive, and 3) not immediate or controllable.”

Mark Manson, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”

 

Interval

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Dulcey Lima

Spring – the jumping off time

of green buds and birds’ trill

of thriving and spreading

when souls vault with thrill

 

Summer – enlivened bustle

of limitless affection

of prime corporeality

when spirits rouge the complexion

 

Autumn – abated season

of settling gratitude

of tranquil sanctuary

when ego battles disquietude

 

Winter – gradual repose

of profound cogitation

of  placid acceptance

when the form meets salvation