I'm at preacher camp with my loveys this week, aka The Happiest Week of the Year. (No offense to my family, who bring me slow-release happiness the rest of the year.) Our days are full, so I wasn't planning to do Ten for Tuesday, but I have some links collected, and I decided if I can put the post together within 30 minutes, I'd go ahead and do it. So...
1. Running Adds Years to Your Life--obligatory running post!
My friend Keith Snyder posted this with the comment that he wanted to show it to his middle school-aged boys. Excellent idea:
When George Shultz was secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection. He sat down in his office with a pad of paper and pen, closed the door and told his secretary to interrupt him only if one of two people called:
“My wife or the president,” Shultz recalled.
Shultz, who’s now 96, told me that his hour of solitude was the only way he could find time to think about the strategic aspects of his job. Otherwise, he would be constantly pulled into moment-to-moment tactical issues, never able to focus on larger questions of the national interest. And the only way to do great work, in any field, is to find time to consider the larger questions.
Pondering what this would look like for me. I work from home and set my own schedule, but find myself as beholden as anyone to the constant churning of social media and emails.
Yes they are:
This is so good. Devastatingly, cringingly good.
Even after two too many after-work old-fashioneds, Jim Talbott, 33, sensed that the woman on the Brooklyn-bound L Train was not quite as attracted to him as he was to her. She didn’t smile or thank him when he told her, slurringly, that her dress was “real nice.” Instead, she plugged her ears with ear-buds and turned the volume all the way up. “Is that Beyoncé?” he asked, twice, to no reply. He guessed he should probably stop talking to her, should stop staring at her legs, should absolutely not follow her off the train when she rushed out at First Avenue. Nevertheless, he persisted.
I am an unapologetic Brene Brown fangirl (she's the big sister I need and deserve) but this is so, so important.
I post this image without necessarily endorsing it. I have spent some time with it as a tool for contemplation and discernment. However, it's pretty privileged to even have the luxury of thinking that what you love and are good at is something the world will pay you for. Many people are just trying to get by on the jobs that are available. Even if you're higher up on the pay and privilege scale, you may be geographically limited or constrained due to familial commitments. In which case, I'm a fan of blooming where you're planted, aka improv. Still, I can't quite let this image go.
This is not to say that one must always be positive to be healthy and happy. Clearly, there are times and situations that naturally result in negative feelings in the most upbeat of individuals. Worry, sadness, anger and other such “downers” have their place in any normal life. But chronically viewing the glass as half-empty is detrimental both mentally and physically and inhibits one’s ability to bounce back from life’s inevitable stresses.
*clearing throat uncomfortably*
I posted this to Facebook last Friday, because it just couldn't wait for Ten for Tuesday. But in case you missed it. Trust me, it is worth your time.
What makes this video great? The task itself? The excited narration? The dramatic music? Yes... but what puts it over the top is that the dude wears white gloves and a lab coat.