Inspiration! Roundup: Step back, interesting weights, the future, revenge, and more!

This Week's "I want to go to there":
I have been doing a lot of think-work lately and I am craving to work with my hands.
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Perspective

“I don’t think it is possible to contribute to the present moment in any meaningful way while being wholly engulfed by it. It is only by stepping out of it, by taking a telescopic perspective, that we can then dip back in and do the work which our time asks of us.”
-Maria Popova


Weight Talk

I recently came across this article called How to Have an Interesting Weight. It's actually about the artwork of Fran├žoise Grossen, but the headline made me stop. What if we could reframe the way we think about our body's weight? What would an interesting weight be? Probably not some averagely thin weight.

The Future

Seeing this comic gave me an unexpected, deep hope. (It's also a very good idea to add Poorly Drawn Lines to your daily reading, if it's not already there.)

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Big and Little Hearts

Brain Pickings' reading and analysis of the story Big Wolf & Little Wolf warmed my big/little heart.

Revenge

"of course I’m terrified. Of course I’m a shroud.
And of course it’s not fair but rest assured,
anxious America, you brought your fists to a glitter fight.
This is a taco truck rally and all you have is cole slaw.
You cannot deport our minds; we won’t
hold funerals for our potential. We have always been
what makes America great."
-Elisa Chavez

(Read her entire, awesome, inspiring poem at The Seattle Review.)

On the Value of Sadness

If you feel stuck in a world where you're supposed to be constantly happy, serene, joyful, or generally feeling positive things, then this article might be a good read for you. Here is a quote from the article:

"Usually the question I get most often is, 'How can I be happy all the time?'" he says. "That's easy. You can't, and you shouldn't try. It's not about looking at the world as either all positive or all negative. What you start to realize is, the glass is neither half full nor half empty. It's just refillable."

YES INDEED, SIR! This is a bit of a reflection of what I was saying in my "your doing gratitude wrong" post. As tempting as it is to try to banish negative feelings, that's not life. Sometimes we are sad because things are sad.

Problem Areas

Thank you to my friend Lisa for sending me this post!

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