Quotes from Die Empty

One of the books by Todd Henry.

Take a look at the preview pages in Goodreads.

My favorite points:

  • “Cultivating a love of the process is the key to making a lasting contribution.”
  • “Don’t be a mirror, passively reflecting the priorities of others.”
  • “You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something that you bring to your work that no one else could. If you relinquish that power, then it will never see the light of day and you will always wonder ‘what if?’ The price of regret is incalculable.”

For our purposes, let’s clarify the word ‘work’. While Todd might be directing the last quote toward the working world, it also applies to those creating for themselves.

Which leads to Srini Rao’s Audience of One. This book’s subtitle says it all:

Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake

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Thanks for reading.

And keep creating. And trying ‘new stuff’. [Any little change counts–a new ingredient to a recipe, a new walking route, a new restaurant. Anything that shakes your day, adds interest to your waking hours, even just a little.]

If you hear yourself uttering the words, “I’ve always wanted to try…”, well, that’s a sign.

diverging paths in snow

I’m in the middle of a self-imposed month-long ‘sketch-a-day’ challenge.

What for? It pushes my observational skills, for one. And it’s contributing to this project.

Sail the 7 Cs Course Title
Honestly, while there is a price tag attached, it really is an ongoing work directed toward that ever-present ‘audience of one’. Take a look at the items available for free preview and if you know any teachers, feel free to pass along the URL.

I also posted this yesterday: Finish Your Words and Then You Can Feed Me!

Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 11: Move past imperfection.

Buddy snow nose reduced

This post is especially relevant to us as beginners in our creative pursuits.

I like this medium.com post by Thomas Oppong.

Title: Make Life Easier on Yourself by Accepting “Good Enough.” Don’t Pursue Perfection, Pursue Progress

Highlights:

— “In other words, instead of pushing yourself to an impossible “perfect,” and therefore getting nowhere, accept “good.”

— “Perfection is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough…”

— “The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists.
It rewards people who get things done.”

Stick with this post for the other valuable quotes from smart people like Brené Brown and Seth Godin.

 

View at Medium.com

 

Photo-a-day 18: Look out your window.

deer

Yep, I’m a little stuck on seizing the moment, but sometimes it is easy for me to get locked into my tv screen, a book, a laptop, and/or four windowless walls.

Recently, though, I actually levitated myself from the recliner and was lucky enough to catch some visitors to the cul-de-sac.

And now…it’s time to contradict myself…yes, I told you to look out the window, but on those weather-traumatic days when you just want to tuck in, know this:

Watching Nature Documentaries Can Be Just as Good as Meditation for Wellbeing




I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.


If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 17: Celebrate the successes of others.

lisa colored pencil fruit in soup pot

In this case, I’m spotlighting my wife’s work with colored pencils.
She downplays her artistic skills so I guess it’s up to me to ‘up play’ them.
Doing this enriched my day and, I’m hopeful, did the same for hers.
In the midst of a normal work schedule, I would probably go years without taking this step.
Use that extra time to notice…
[Reminder: This blog is me preaching to meIf it resonates with you, all the better!]
Thanks for reading.

I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.


If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status