How to Find the Hidden Beauty in Everyday Things

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“Artist Maira Kalman reveals how she stumbles on hidden beauty in stuff you probably wouldn’t give a second glance.”

http://www.mindful.org/how-to-find-the-hidden-beauty-in-everyday-things/


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To Live Our Lives Like Water

The best are like water…

The best, like water,
Benefit all and do not compete.
They dwell in lowly spots that everyone else scorns.
Putting others before themselves,
They find themselves in the foremost place
And come very near to the Tao.
In their dwelling, they love the earth;
In their heart, they love what is deep;
In personal relationships, they love kindness;
In their words, they love truth.
In the world, they love peace.
In personal affairs, they love what is right.
In action, they love choosing the right time.
It is because they do not compete with others
That they are beyond the reproach of the world.
Lao Tzu

https://onbeing.org/blog/to-live-our-lives-like-water/7758/


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Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair Are the Two Great Enemies of Creative Work

Good work finds the way between pride and despair.

It graces with health. It heals with grace.

It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.

By it, we lose loneliness:

we clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;

we enter the little circle of each other’s arms,

and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,

and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.

Wendell Berry

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/17/wendell-berry-pride-despair-solitude/


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Willa Cather on Productivity vs. Creativity, Selling Out, and the Life-Changing Advice That Made Her a Writer

“It’s so foolish to live (which is always trouble enough) and not to save your soul. It’s so foolish to lose your real pleasures for the supposed pleasures of the chase — or the stock exchange.” – Willa Cather

Great article https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/12/07/willa-cather-letters-writing/


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The Art of Forward Thinking

Wonderful post on forward thinking by one of my sheros Alisa Burke: http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-art-of-forward-thinking.html

But the minute I began planning for the future and dreaming about the big things I wanted for my art and career, things really began to change. Nothing happened over night but I did start seeing movement and growth. I learned fast that “forward thinking” is the best way to move toward growth.”

 


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Removing Barriers and Creating Pathways

 

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I often explain to people what I do as helping teachers and students use technology. Interestingly, when I talk to teachers or other people at my school I also usually include something along the lines of… “if you can’t figure it out in 5 minutes email me and stop. I’ll come and we’ll figure it out together.” I see my role as removing barriers. That my job as an integrator is about helping, making things easier, and providing time. Time that allows teachers to do, time that they can think, time that they can process. I love also the idea in this post Red Tape by George Couros of creating pathways. That is what I hope I do by removing barriers.