boutique (n.) “trendy fashion shop,” 1950, earlier “small shop of any sort” (1767), from French boutique (14c.), from Old Provençal botica, from Latin apotheca “storehouse” (see apothecary). Latin apotheca directly into French normally would have yielded *avouaie.
You’re holding an audition. Many sentences will try out. One gets the part.* Verlyn Klinkenborg
What is the one thing that you have to offer through your life, That no-one else can replicate because, When they try, It becomes something else?
May I live this day Compassionate of heart, Clear in word, Gracious in awareness, Courageous in thought, Generous in love.* John O’Donohue
Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisite for growth?: the openness to experience events, and the willingness to be changed by them.** Warren Berger
Am I willing to fail at something new, To be the stranger, To admit my need to learn, To live with uncertainty?
The Greeks believed that time had secret structure. There was the tie of “epiphany” when time suddenly opened and something was revealed in luminous clarity. There was the moment of “krisis” when time got entangled and directions became confused and contradictory. There was also the moment of “kairos”; this was the propitious moment.** John O’Donohue
There were times when nothing played back.** Lynda Barry
We love the moment of epiphany: An idea and its pursuit.
We dream of the kairos moment: Creation completed and delivered.
In-between lies the ‘land” of krisis: Plans don’t work, direction is lost, motivation wanes, Failure looms.
Our habits are important if we are to keep turning up in krisis and move on through to kairos.
You’re in the right place because:
Scientists have … found that to achieve a state of flow, a task must be roughly four percent beyond your current ability.^
But our habits will need to be smart; That is, Developing in response to the shape-shifting challenge:
Habits + Deliberate Practice = Mastery^
Make your habits work harder by reflecting and revising.
This strategy of stepping back and observing our minds at work in the present moment is what unites Buddhist thought, mindfulness-based self-help, [Eckhart] Tolle’s philosophy, and [Accepteance and Commitment Therapy] interventions.* Anna Katharina Schaffner
Reduce the friction associated with good behaviours. … Increase the friction associated with bad behaviours.** James Clear
Sometimes I play with the word confession: Confess what is good and wonderful about yourself.
Try this at least once a day Journaling being a great place to be both playful and serious about confessing.
We become aware, Though, How other things impede our goodness and wonder, And then the more traditional sense of confessing becomes a blessing for getting out and sorting through the rough and not so splendid stuff.
Better out than in.
Whether to the universe, a journal or your god, A practice of resetting and realigning at least once a day, And perhaps several times, Is a great way of getting back to living life in all its fullness.
The function of the artist is the mytholisation of the environment and the world.* Joseph Campbell
Not all problems, of course, but certainly some, The kind that bring the best out of me and grow me as a person.
It’s been said that life is basically coming up with solutions for one problem after another – What will I eat?, My clothes need replacing, How can I get there on time? …
How can I better serve my customers? What kind of design will work best? How to give expression to that idea? –
I’ve been on holiday for a couple of weeks, Something I really enjoy and feel privileged to have, But while returning to work takes me back into a different pace of life, Into a different routine, I’ll also be returning to some more chewy problems, The kind that are more satisfying to work on, The kind that demand more of me.
As storytelling animals, We have the ability to shape our days to be more enriching and fulfilling.
alacrity/əˈlakrɪti/noun – brisk and cheerful readiness.
Attention is like energy in that without it no work can be done and in doing work it is dissipated. We create ourselves by how we invest this energy. Memories, thoughts, and feelings are all shaped by it.* Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
A “flamboyant” worker, exuberant and excited, is willing to risk control over his or her work: machines break down when they lose control, whereas people make discoveries, stumble on happy accidents.** Richard Sennett