04.14.25

What was Beautiful:

The video for Wild Horses, the canyons around Bend, with condors soaring and nesting nearby, all the tulips coming up in my garden.

What I’ve been up to: 

Travelling to Bend, listening to audiobooks, seeing Rebirth Brass Band live again, levelling the yard, processing a lot of personal paperwork.

What made me Laugh: 

Flamenco class on my birthday, dancing rumbas and laughing about drunken sailors.

What I’m reading:

How to pick a career (that actually fits you) and A Deep Dive Guide for your Dream Job Search

The importance of the Anti-library and having more books than you’ll ever read.

Several posts on the craft of storytelling; here, here and at the Moth.

You don’t have to love your family.

There are only a few types of people

Keys to a legendary love life

Do we even need men?

There are things more interesting than people

Stop saying you’re fine when you’re not

On reading by writing in the margins – Sometimes the best way to read is by marking up the book

Missing from your job description

If you’re working in an office, here are some of the checklist items that might have been omitted:

  • Add energy to every conversation
  • Ask why
  • Find obsolete things on your task list and remove them
  • Treat customers better than they expect
  • Offer to help co-workers before they ask
  • Feed the plants
  • Leave things more organized than you found them
  • Invent a moment of silliness
  • Highlight good work from your peers
  • Find other great employees to join the team
  • Cut costs
  • Help invent a new product or service that people really want
  • Get smarter at your job through training or books
  • Encourage curiosity
  • Surface and highlight difficult decisions
  • Figure out what didn’t work
  • Organize the bookshelf
  • Start a club
  • Tell a joke at no one’s expense
  • Smile a lot

Now that it’s easier than ever to outsource a job to someone cheaper (or a robot) there needs to be a really good reason for someone to be in the office. Here’s to finding several.

On Warriors, Kindred Spirits, Swans – “There it is. Right there. That’s the tribe. The deep thinking, passionate people who see missions to bless others while trying to improve and grow and conquer themselves…that is our tribe. That’s the ‘people like us.’ It is not an easy road, but I love knowing I don’t walk it alone.”

“Warriors of the heart,” Steven Pressfield calls this tribe. An apt name, which he explains in ‘The Warrior Ethos’: “Let us be, then, warriors of the heart, and enlist in our inner cause the virtues acquired through blood and sweat in the sphere of conflict – courage, patience, selflessness, loyalty, fidelity, self-command, respect for elders, love of our comrades (and of the enemy), perseverance, cheerfulness in adversity and a sense of humor, however terse or dark…Courage is inseparable from love and leads to what may arguably be the noblest of all warrior virtues: selflessness.”

How a wealthy scion accumulated the world’s finest feather collection, then lost it all to blackmail.

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