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Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: James Clear

You get to

I’m reading Atomic Habits by James Clear.  He writes, “For instance, we often talk about everything we have to do in a given day.  You have to wake up early for work.  You have to make another sales call for your business.  You have to cook dinner for your family.  Now, imagine changing just one word: You don’t ‘have’ to.  You ‘get’ to.”

A small but very powerful tweak. Continue reading

Close

In David Whyte’s book Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, he describes the word ‘close’ in part, “Close is what we almost always are: close to happiness, close to another, close to leaving, close to tears, close to God, close to losing faith, close to being done, close to saying something or close to success, and even, with the greatest sense of satisfaction, close to giving the whole thing up.  Our human essence lies not in arrival, but in being almost there: we are creatures who are on the way, our journey a series of impending anticipated arrivals.  We live by unconsciously measuring the inverse distances of our proximity: an intimacy calibrated by the vulnerability we feel in giving up our sense of separation.” Continue reading

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