Let’s have some fun with quotes this month! See what you think of the quotes below and let me know if they resonate with you.
1. Author Jeanette Winterson on seizing the day:
“It’s hard to remember that this day will never come again. That the time is now and the place is here and that there are no second chances at a single moment.”
2. Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson on designing your life:
“Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life.”
3. Entrepreneur and writer Nat Eliason on the importance of challenging yourself to do hard things:
“The ability to do hard things is perhaps the most useful ability you can foster in yourself or your children. And proof that you are someone who can do them is one of the most useful assets you can have on your life resume. Our self-image is composed of historical evidence of our abilities. The more hard things you push yourself to do, the more competent you will see yourself to be.
If you can run marathons or throw double your body weight over your head, the sleep deprivation from a newborn is only a mild irritant. If you can excel at organic chemistry or econometrics, onboarding for a new finance job will be a breeze.
But if we avoid hard things, anything mildly challenging will seem insurmountable. We’ll cry into TikTok over an errant period at the end of a text message. We’ll see ourselves as incapable of learning new skills, taking on new careers, and escaping bad situations.
The proof you can do hard things is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself.”
4. Here’s a question to ponder:
Eliminate. Focus. Close yourself to the world and ask, “What can I create today?”
Relax. Breathe. Open yourself to the world and ask, “What can I receive today?”
5. Writer Lauren Elkin on the joys of walking: (I love this one because as you know, I am a BIG TIME walker)
“Walking is mapping with your feet. It helps you piece a city together, connecting up neighborhoods that might otherwise have remained discrete entities, different planets bound to each other, sustained yet remote. I like seeing how in fact they blend into one another, I like noticing the boundaries between them. Walking helps me feel at home. There’s a small pleasure in seeing how well I’ve come to know the city through my wanderings on foot, crossing through different neighborhoods of the city, some I used to know quite well, others I may not have seen in a while, like getting reacquainted with someone I once met at a party.”
6. “It doesn’t make sense to continue wanting something if you’re not willing to do what it takes to get it. If you don’t want to live the lifestyle, then release yourself from the desire. To crave the result but not the process, is to guarantee disappointment.”
Source: Not sure of the source on these last two quotes, sorry.
7. “A paradox of life is that the greatest returns come in the long-term, but the opportunity cost of moving slowly is huge.
Long-term thinking is not slow acting. Act fast on things that compound. Never let a day pass without doing something that will benefit you in a decade.”
Hope these quotes help you think more deeply, or perhaps differently, about some aspect of life!
Until next month, enjoy October gifts of change and color and thanks for reading,