Gratitude Reflections

John F. Kennedy on Thanksgiving

George Washington proclaimed the first Day of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1789 during the first year of his presidency, but Thanksgiving didn’t become an annual tradition until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving during the midst of the American…

Quotes Reflections

Be Hated for What You Are

We learn to respond to the expectations of others. Some of us get trapped in this cycle from childhood. Some of us learn later in life by focusing on external values, like money and material things. We become approval addicts, and live in fear…

Reflections

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Fear

Fear is essential to our lives. Without it, we would be deprived of our basic needs. Fear is biologically ingrained in all of us. It protects us by giving us an adrenaline response in dangerous situations, allowing us to survive.

Fear is also necessary for…

Reflections

Jonathan Fields on the Formula for Luck

She published a book. She’s lucky. National Geographic featured his photo. He’s lucky. She has a great job. She’s lucky. He gets to travel the world. He’s lucky. We often think of people in fortunate circumstances as lucky. Sometimes, luck truly is serendipitous. That person…

Imperfectionist Books Quotes

Oliver Sacks on Gratitude

During the last two years of his life, Oliver Sacks, called the “Poet Laureate of Medicine,” wrote a series of essays on life, aging, and mortality for The New York Times. These four essays were posthumously published in his book Gratitude, a quick but incredibly touching collection that remains with…

Quotes Reflections

Contradiction and Criticism

There will always be people who disagree. There will always be people who interpret your work in an unintended way. But it is this uniqueness among people that makes the world interesting. You can let contradiction and criticism cripple you, or you can keep creating.…

Education Failure

Will It Be On the Test?

“Will it be on the test?” This was my favorite question during the first two decades of my life. I was the stereotypical Asian who sat in the front of the classroom, taking notes on everything and nothing. My attentiveness was deceiving. I didn’t…