"When you lose something, don’t think of it as a loss; accept it as the gift that gets you on the path you were meant to travel on."

TheDailyPositive.com

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If only I could slip some of this into your coffee… then maybe you’d forget me not.

If only I could slip some of this into your coffee… then maybe you’d forget me not.

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"We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known."

Carson McCullers

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"…and remember one thing only: that it’s you—nobody else—who determine your destiny and decide your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else."

E.E Cummings

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"It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees."

Sally Coulter

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The 40-hour workweek is mostly a thing of the past…

Taking some time off actually improves a worker’s productivity at work. A study from Ernst & Young found that every ten hours of vacation time taken by an employee boosted her year-end performance rating by 8 percent and lowered turnover. Former NASA scientists found that people who take vacations experience an 82 percent increase in job performance upon their return, with longer vacations making more of an impact than short ones.

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You’re working too hard.

Why not avoid work altogether, or at least live knowing that presence is more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity?

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For Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and journalist Anna Quindlen's 62nd birthday today, A Short Guide to a Happy Life - her magnificent undelivered Villanova commencement address on work, joy, and how to live rather than exist, one of the greatest commencement addresses of all time.

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For Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and journalist Anna Quindlen's 62nd birthday today, A Short Guide to a Happy Life - her magnificent undelivered Villanova commencement address on work, joy, and how to live rather than exist, one of the greatest commencement addresses of all time.

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The path to what I’m doing started with not knowing what I wanted to do… Pursuing that feeling of not really knowing what to do, and choosing what doesn’t quite seem like the logical next step, but feels right at a gut level, is how I’ve pieced together where I am today.

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Every time I tried something new, I realized that I had no experience in it, so it felt like the right move. There is a data line that suggests a connection between all of those experiences: whenever something made me uncomfortable, I would give it a try.

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in her recent interview on The Great Discontent. writer, designer, editor, and educator Liz Danzico, NPR’s first-ever creative director, echoes Daniel Pink’s commencement address on why the best roadmap to an interesting life is the one you make up as you go along.

Rilke would agree. Or, as Picasso famously put it, To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.”

Previous TGD interviews have included Debbie MillmanAustin KleonJohn Maeda, and yours truly.

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"Be relentless without being obnoxious. Be ambitious, and own your ambition—that goes especially for women. It’s okay to say, ‘I want greatness.’"

A conversation with the wonderful Roxane Gay on The Great Discontent. The above calls to mind Debbie Millman’s memorable advice to “imagine immensities.”

Previous TGD interviews have included Debbie MillmanAustin KleonJohn Maeda, and yours truly.

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"Your life should consist of more than commuting, working, eating, surfing the Internet, sleeping and watching TV. Your life should be filled with purpose-driven experiences and projects that bring excitement, passion, energy, and authentic meaning and joy into your life."

Richie NortonThe Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live Without Regret

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