Brain Pickings: 10 Years, 10 Learnings

Here’s the video and list:

  1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  2. Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
  3. Be generous.
  4. Build pockets of stillness into your life. Sleep.
  5. When people try to tell you who they are, don’t believe them.
  6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  7. Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.
  8. Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
  9. Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.
  10. Don’t just resist cynicism — fight it actively.

Read the full text here. It’s hard to read this list and not be overcome by the raw truth and even, if you let yourself, get a bit emotional about it.

I want to meditate on this the rest of the week and consider the natural implications. There are 1,000 things that I could do with what I just read but I don’t want to just do anything, I want to be specific and targeted.

But, most importantly, I have to do something. Reading, reflecting, but then missing the response is, and should be, a deeply personal matter and one should feel, deeply, the failure that it is.