Good Bones

by Maggie Smith

Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine

in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,

a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways

I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least

fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative

estimate, though I keep this from my children.

For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.

For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,

sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world

is at least half terrible, and for every kind

stranger, there is one who would break you,

though I keep this from my children. I am trying

to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,

walking you through a real shithole, chirps on

about good bones: This place could be beautiful,

right? You could make this place beautiful.

Source: http://waxwingmag.org/items/Issue9/28_Smith-Good-Bones.php

Thank you notes…

Lemony Snicket’s Advice on Writing a Nice Thank-You Note:

1. Do not start with the thank you.

2. Start with any other sentence. If you first say, “Thank you for the nice sweater,” you can’t imagine what to write next. Say, “It was so wonderful to come home from school to find this nice sweater. Thank you for thinking of me on Arbor Day.”

3. Then you’re done.

I recommend learning how to write a very good thank-you note. A child who can write a nice thank-you note can turn into a cocaine dealer five years later and be remembered as the child who wrote nice thank-you notes.

Source: http://tumblr.austinkleon.com/post/146103670591

Achieving Mindfulness at Work, No Meditation Cushion Required

“…we need to actively think through problems in new ways to achieve innovative, elegant solutions. (…) The key to mindfulness is learning to look at the world in a more conditional way.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/jobs/achieving-mindfulness-at-work-no-meditation-cushion-required.html

Estudio revela cómo la dieta cárnica forjó físicamente la evolución humana

“Somos humanos desde hace 2,5 millones de años. Nos convertimos en predadores y nos adaptamos al consumo de proteínas”

– Miki Ben-Dor

Fuente: http://www.abc.com.py/ciencia/estudio-revela-como-la-dieta-carnica-forjo-fisicamente-la-evolucion-humana-1466795.html

Enchantment of Darkness

“Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than night. Primitive folk, gathered at a cave mouth round a fire, do not fear night; they fear, rather, the energies and creatures to whom night gives power; we of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself. With lights and ver more lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads even, will have none of it. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of the night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of the stars? Having made themselves at home in a civilization obsessed with power, which explains its whole world in terms of energy, do they fear at night for their dull acquiescence and the pattern of their beliefs? Be the answer what it will, to-day’s civilization is full of people who have not the slightest notion of the character or the poetry of night, who have never even seen night. Yet to live thus, to know only artificial night, is as absurd and evil as to know only artificial day.”

– Henry Beston

Thought leaders

In a world where you can now watch simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera (instead of buying tickets to regional opera performances) or “study with” superstar professors in MOOCs (instead of settling for the instructor nearby), there’s less room for average performers. You can’t get away with being the best option at hand; in a global economy, you need to be recognized as the best – period.

“Stand Out”, by Dorie Clark