#218: Show Up Sometimes things seem overwhelming and out of our control. At those times, it's easy to want to give in, check out, disappear, and abdicate responsibility for your own life. But hope floods in and the light of change glows when you do the opposite. You have a say in every situation. Show up. Live it out the best way you possibly can. The world is watching.... and it needs you, living out your story full force. That is hope. That is triumph. That is beauty.
#171: Art & Beauty --Rainbow Rowell, from her book Eleanor & Park What a completely different way to think about appearances! "Nice" is to look only at the surface; "art" is to see what's outside and go much deeper. Consider this thought next time you start to judge a book by its cover -- whether it be a person, product, situation, or idea. Are you looking at the surface, or are you more invested than that?
#62: Problems or Opportunities “Why don’t most of us view problems as opportunities in our everyday lives? …We’re taught that problems are to be avoided, or something to complain about.” —Tina Seelig When most of us hear the word “problem,” our minds immediately think negative things. We may even cringe inside. But what if “problem” wasn’t a bad word? What if we really saw problems around us as opportunities? It would be revolutionary.
#67 - Imperfections "Imperfection is a form of freedom" --unknown (attributed to Anh Ngo in some places online) It is truly freeing when you stop trying to conform to the pressure of perfection. You might make mistakes... but you can learn from them. This picture did not have perfect lighting conditions and did not turn out perfectly... but you know what? I just ran with it!
#80: What You See “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” —-John Lubbock Your outlook will determine what you’re on the lookout for. If you expect to find disappointment, you will… but if you expect to find beauty, you will find it all around you! This one reminds me of another favorite #Considerthisthought: http://considerthisthought.tumblr.com/image/33141410742
#102: One Chance "Life isn't a dress rehearsal... you only get one chance to do the best job." --Tina Seelig There's no "practice round" - once you've lived this life, it's done. Do you really want to use it up playing it safe? Or do you want to look back on it someday and say, "I was part of a really good story!"?
Guest Poster: Jen Moff When we move throughout our days, small moments—a.k.a. the ‘dust’ Picasso speaks of—can negatively impact us. Art is usually thought of as music, painting, sculpting, writing, poetry, and the like. I truly believe that anything can be considered art. Art is actually an expression of emotion. So the next time you share an embrace, whisper “I love you,” or share your secrets, fears, and joys with a loved one… don’t forget the soul your paintbrush touches. Be…
#113: Keep Moving Forward "If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King said it all - just. don't. stop. moving. forward. Not able to gallop at full speed? Not as fast or as skilled as someone else? Not an excuse. Sitting doesn't get you anywhere; even if you have to drag yourself along, keep making progress. You can do it.
Dare mighty things. This recent favorite phrase (Originally from Teddy Roosevelt) was the tagline on NASA/JPL's "Seven Minutes of Terror" video for the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. Small but powerful.
#68: Seize the Day “Carpe the heck out of this diem” —me (though I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever said this) Don’t forget - seize the day not just once, but every opportunity you have. Keep your eyes open. This seemed especially fitting on a Monday morning, when many of us are returning to work after Christmas break.