Poet Mary Oliver wrote:
I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show again this week (my course in living life) and his guest was Naval Ravikant. Naval is co-founder of Angel List and has invested in over 100 companies including a few small start-ups called Twitter and Uber.
Naval mentioned when Greek philosopher Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Naval then went on to say… Continue reading
When I do my presentation at schools and corporations about embracing failure and having grit, I start with the Mary Oliver quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Continue reading
How can we add some extra into our ordinary in 2019? Poet Mary Oliver said, “No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern is directed to another place. Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge.” Continue reading
This is the way it’s done. This is the way society says it should happen.
It starts when we’re young. Choose these courses. Take this degree. Start this job. Buy this property.
And then one day we realize that we weren’t really sure about any of those decisions and we’re not truly happy, but we’re stuck. With bills and commitments and things we started that we feel we need to finish. Continue reading
I remember my earliest trips to Ireland to visit my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins. Thoughts of cabbage and mashed potatoes, the creamiest butter and milk, Flake chocolate bars in a soft cone and running wild in the green hills come to mind. Uncle Sean was a fixture on these visits. I will never forget his laugh and his stories. Continue reading
Remember doing your science fair project in elementary school? You would pick a statement and then do things to see if you could prove it right or wrong.
Science is all about experimenting. When failing at something is a good thing because you learned a piece of information in the process. When inventor Thomas Edison was trying to figure out the light bulb he said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Continue reading