I often skip past video posts on blogs, because I'm on the go, or watching TV (I know, I know, screen-overload). If you're like me... Wait! Don't go! I urge you to give this cute little three and a half minute video a chance.
Back in 2013, Maria Popova, writer of the ridiculously good blog Brain Pickings, shared the 7 things she learned in 7 years of reading, writing and living. It's a lovely piece, with lots of thoughtful insights that stay with you. To pick just a few:
"It’s enormously disorienting to simply say, “I don’t know.” But it’s infinitely more rewarding to understand than to be right — even if that means changing your mind about a topic, an ideology, or, above all, yourself."
"You are the only custodian of your own integrity, and the assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you."
"Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued."
Inspired by Maria's essay, the people over at Dissolve went and made this sweet video version. A soothing voice-over and gentle music make this a warming, smile-inducing watch. Give it a gander for a little motivational pick-up this Monday!