I was looking back – as is the tendency during the last days of the year. I thought of writing my resolutions: the habits I want to form, the goals I want to pursue. But they’re mere plans to structure one’s life. We know what needs to change. What matters ultimately is whether we’ll do it or not.
Instead, I mulled over the lingering thoughts I want to guide me in 2017. These are notes to self. I just thought some people might find value in them.
*Some insights are paraphrased.
Preserve integrity while reserving the most generous assumption. –Brené Brown
Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone.
Reckon your thoughts. If it’s clear that you’re wrong, accept it. Otherwise, set boundaries. Don’t appease someone’s trouble.
Remember the value of slowing down. Mono-task. –Leo Babauta
Before purchasing, ask yourself whether it will appease the dissatisfaction in your life. –The Minimalists
We are only as good as how we make use of our possessions. While it is obvious for our physical clutter, the same is true for how we lead our digital lives.
We validate our feelings of gratitude and enjoyment. Don’t relegate it.
We put value by deliberately asking ourselves if, indeed, it adds value.
“The best way to get approval is not to need it.” –Hugh MacLeod
Say “I don’t know” when you just don’t.
If it interests you even the slightest, try it. So much for always holding back.
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? –Elizabeth Gilbert