“Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study,
call yourselves to an account what new ideas,
what new proposition or truth you have gained,
what further confirmation of known truths,
and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge.”
– Isaac Watts (The Improvement of the Mind to Which Are Added a Discourse on the Education of Children)
Where has the time gone?
We approaching the end of the first quarter of 2015!
Can you believe it? Whoosh. And the time has flown by.
Have you stopped and examined where you are as compared against where you thought you’d be three months ago? That’s right, it’s time to take a break from the flurry of activity and measure yourself against your own personal concept of success.
I have made a practice of self-examination and musing and reflection on my own deeds and intentions. In doing so, I routinely go back over my own notes — little Post-It® notes and random scribblings — that I put in my journal. There I find the concentrated wisdom that I’ve uncovered, discovered, observed, and had gifted along the way.
What do you create?
Do you ever create such notes for yourself? Do you ever go back and sit down with them like they were old friends and you just need to catch up with each other?
I thought it might be fun to share some of my own little treasures with you so that you, too, can be inspired, prompted, and propelled to get and do and think even more. In doing this, I am reminded of Herman Hesse’s quote: “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else. . . . Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
I do not pretend to be wise. But I have found some wonders you might enjoy —
So . . . Without further ado . . . Here are some of the fragments of goodness that have recently guided me. One of these is mine. Most are from others.
All of this is rocket fuel!
Knowledge is not magic. Doing is magic. — Scott Grossberg
I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. — Haruki Murakami
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. — Alexander Graham Bell
The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. — Bill Watterson
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. — W. Clement Stone
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big. — Daniel Burnham
Those who can’t change their mind, can’t change anything. — George Bernard Shaw
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? — Sun Tau
The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. — Warren Buffet
My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.” — Richard Branson
As you can see, these quotes come from all types of people in all types of industry and from all walks of Life. Inspiration can come from anywhere and from anyone.
What little tidbits of wisdom have guided and directed and inspired you recently? I would love to continue the conversation with you by you subscribing at http://thinkingmagically.com or joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.