Inspiration! Roundup: The Pile of Good Things, a World Underwater, the Marvel of an Ordinary Life, and More!

A lake on a mountain with forest around it and a small cabin next to the water. It is so peaceful and welcoming.
This week's "I want to go to there": Get me to a cabin on a mountain, STAT!
Photo by Dino Reichmuth.

The Pile of Good Things

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”
— Rainbow Rowell

This is a wonderful reminder of one of the elements in my book Feeling Better, which is to simply do things that make you feel good, and then you'll spend more time feeling good. I forget it all the time.

World Underwater

Hayden Clay's World Underwater series shows us the world when sea levels rise.

The Marvel of an Ordinary Life

This may connect back to yesterday's post about my achievement disease.

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
― William Martin

Moth Woman

Ooooh look at Laura Rodriguez's beautiful work! I love it!

Painting in Secret

Charlotte Salomon, a German-Jewish artist, spent two years hiding from the Nazis and painted 784 paintings while she was doing it. Called Life? Or Theatre? the series includes paintings and text documenting her time in hiding and her struggle to stay sane through it all.

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