“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
- We’re reading A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine at the Imperfectionist Book Club.
- What I’m watching: Abstract: The Art of Design, available on Netflix. The episode on Christoph Niemann is incredible: “I would always love to come up with the perfect formula for creating art. But it doesn’t work that way. It’s a little bit of a painful realization because, ultimately, it really is, to a very large degree, staring at paper. And I have to trust for kind of crazy moments to happen.” Pair it with Christoph’s newest art book, Sunday Sketching.
- “We can’t raise our children to be fragile perfect, complaisant, approval-seeking machines devoid of creativity. We must love and encourage them, but we shouldn’t protect them from failure. We can’t always call them winners. Our connected world demands a willingness to make mistakes and an ability to work through criticism. It needs originality and innovation.” Bottom line, it’s not just about that perfect GPA.
- Podcast I enjoyed: Debbie Millman’s follow-up podcast on the Tim Ferriss Show. Favorite take away: “You can never will your reptilian brain to be woohoo change, insecurity, instability, vulnerability, bring it on. We’re going to have tendencies to retreat from those feelings.” Debbie says that you have to have the courage to overcome the uncertainty to take that first step.
- Another podcast I enjoyed: Tunnel Vision on Hidden Brain. This podcast discusses the psychological phenomenon of scarcity. What interested me the most was the scarcity of time. As perfectionists, we never have enough time. Our minds become so focused on achievement and on pleasing others that that we develop tunnel vision. We stop taking care of ourselves and our needs.
- Some science to back up the practice of gratitude. You can try to do more or buy more to be happy, or you can choose to be happy now, regardless of your circumstances. Yesterday, I met a man who had no nose, but yet, most of us take the fact that we have noses for granted. It’s always about perspective.