For my 27th Birthday
This week I turned 27. To mark the occasion, I would like to share 27 learnings I have gleaned from the time I have spent as a living human.
The list includes a mix of higher level reflections and a few more practical items.
These learnings are not meant to be taken as advice, since everyone is different and what works for me may not work . . .
In order to save mental and emotional energy, we all have automatic responses that we rely on throughout the day.
A good example is when we walk past someone on the street and they ask us for money, most of us automatically say "sorry" without thinking about it.
It would be too taxing, mentally and emotionally, to evaluate each . . .
Braised meat used to sound fancy to me. Difficult. Above my level.
Then last summer I took a cooking class, and learned the principles of braising. Suddenly "apple braised pork shoulder" wasn't a final product, but a series of discrete, replicable steps.
- Sear meat on both sides with high and dry heat.
- Remove meat and deglaze . . .
You sent in yours. Here are mine.
Yesterday I challenged you to exercise your creative thinking muscles by listing 10 ideas for new businesses. The point of the exercise was not to come up with good business ideas, but to exercise your mind, which just like your body, gets stronger when you use it in new ways.
A couple of you took me up on the challenge.
Keeley Tillotson . . .
Strategic thinking is a muscle. Creative thinking is a muscle. Critical thinking is a muscle.
Without consistent use, those muscles begin to atrophy.
Exercise your strategic thinking muscle today by playing devil's advocate with your colleague or boss to ideas which may seem obvious or "correct" on the surface.
Note: If someone . . .
Using our limited time wisely.
I frequently worry that being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.
~Maria Popova, in a reflection on . . .
A Daily Practice
Over the past few months, I have tried to make it a daily practice to embrace discomfort.
At work, in my relationships, in my creative life - I am working on getting comfortable with discomfort.
Why? I have realized that my world gets bigger when I take uncomfortable actions.
I think of reality - and a future potential reality - as a series . . .