Monthly Archives: July 2014

Be Properly Selfish.

To be Properly Selfish is to accept a responsibility for making the most of oneself by, ultimately, finding a purpose beyond and bigger than oneself. It is the paradox of Epicureanism that we best satisfy ourselves when we look beyond ourselves.

…in our hearts, we would all like to find a purpose bigger than ourselves because that will raise us to heights we had not dreamt of.

…much of life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think the worst of people and show it, they will often prove you right. If the systems we design are based on the principle that people cannot be trusted, then those people won’t bother to be trustworthy. On the other hand, if you believe that most people are capable and can be relied upon, they will often live up to your expectations. Optimists are always prey to disappointment, but life without hope is dismal. — Charles Handy, The Hungry Spirit: New Thinking for a New World

Wishing your grace, peace and simple abundance…and proper selfishness.

The biggest obstacle to creativity

The biggest obstacle to creativity is attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing. And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities. 

I got a call from someone who wanted me to lead a workshop on creativity. He needed to tell his management exactly what tools people would come away with. I told him I didn’t know. I couldn’t give him a promise, because then I’d become attached to an outcome — which would defeat the purpose of any creative workshop.’ 

It’s hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.

Gordon MacKenzie (via kenyatta)

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance…without attachment to a specific outcome.

 

Eight Misspent Hours a Day

“This whole tragedy of eight misspent hours a day is the sad story of thousands of people who are too rigid to explore their own potential. No doubt a tremendous percentage of human beings work in jobs they dislike. They cling tenaciously to them only because they offer “security.” The irony is, no job is ever true security, because it is an exterior thing, something outside yourself. Your true security is within; in the knowledge that as you express your Divine, creative self the whole universe is on your side.

“…unless we respond to the creative urge pressing from within us, certainly we will never find out true talents.” — Norman S. Lunde, You Unlimited

Wishing you grace, peace and simple abundance…and discovery of your true talents.