Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’
In this great TED talk, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. In fact, he argues, it is when we create our own happiness after we don’t get what we thought we wanted that we are capable of experiencing a greater measure of joy.
Danielle LaPorte is one of my favorite people in the world and we haven’t even met. You know the kinds of people I mean; you read their work, admire their style, share their philosophy and they in turn inspire you, influence your own work, teach you something. One of the benefits of the way social media and the internet has evolved is that it has become possible for us to connect with our virtual friends and mentors in a quite real way, the flip side to the argument that all this time online is making us more isolated. I discovered Danielle when a friend on Facebook linked to an article on her website. What she had to say really resonated with me. It made me stop and take notice but at the same time it was simple and genuine. I signed up to get her email updates and I’ve been a fan ever since.
So, what is The Burning Question? Continue Reading
It’s been a weird week, what with the fallout from the astrological shit storm that was the recent Full Moon coupled with a total lunar Eclipse, “massive energy amplifiers” causing everyone to act more crazy than usual. Some people I know chose to take shelter, metaphorically speaking, to protect themselves from all the lunacy. I, on the other hand, dove right into it. I like a good storm and damn it if it isn’t time to put my Id back at the helm. Continue Reading
If it’s the end of the world as we know it then I feel fine. Really. I do.
Last year I decided it was time to shake things up big time. The career I had wasn’t blowing my skirt up any more, so I left it. I focused on my writing, put myself out there as a freelance consultant, and stepped into 2011 with faith that the Universe would support me as I completely changed my life. In an effort to keep that faith, I signed up for email newsletters and “liked” and “followed” every motivational blogger, spiritual sage and personal cheerleader I came across. Now, I cringe when I open Mail or log in to my Twitter feed because I’m deluged daily with voices from every angle telling me what I should or shouldn’t be doing or how I should or shouldn’t be feeling. The din from all that “wisdom” is making me dizzy, and not in a good way.
What’s a girl to do when she finds herself with too many gurus? Continue Reading
It started to rain last night as I lie in bed reading a book, the window open beside me and the slightest bit of a breeze sending a soft flutter through my curtains. (Yes, it’s getting warm enough in Boston to keep the windows open!) This morning, when I got up and looked outside, all of the ugly piles of dirt-covered snow were gone, as if the rain had washed them away overnight. And I thought of the rain and of its transforming power to refresh, to heal, to wash things away. That quiet morning moment felt profoundly magical. Continue Reading
This happened to be the illustration for an article about Matthew Carter (whose newly released font Carter Sans is used here). Being the font geek that I am, you would have thought I’d be more excited by the fact that Carter is the first typeface designer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and that the recent introduction of Carter Sans was afforded fanfare akin to a celebrity-worthy film launch.
But no. I just liked this quote by Seymour Chwast.
In the wise words of a dear friend (I hear her voice referring to the shovel), “Girl, just put it down.”