Three Thoughts for (the 3rd) Thursday – January 2019

Happy New Year!  On this 3rd Thursday of January, I thought I would start this year off with my first trial edition of “Three Thoughts for Thursday.”   For the time being, these emails will only come on the 3rd Thursday of each month and will feature a quote, a book and a podcast or article or question I’m considering. So, to kick us off, here are my three thoughts for this 3rd Thursday of 2019.

Three Thoughts for Thursday

Quote or Passage I’m Pondering and Appreciating: 

“Flowers and garbage are both organic in nature. So looking deeply into the nature of a flower, you can see the presence of compost and the garbage. The flower is also going to turn into garbage; but don’t be afraid! You are a gardener, and you have in your hands the power to transform garbage into flowers…The same thing is true of your happiness and your sorrow. Sorrow, fear, and depression are all a kind of garbage. These bits of garbage are part of real life, and we must look deeply into their nature….  All you have to do is learn how to transform your garbage into flowers” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

What are you going to cultivate and grow this year?


Photo by Sushobhan Badhai on Unsplash

Book I’m Reading:

You are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”

Podcast I’m Enjoying:

Brene Brown Part 1: Daring Greatly

What is the real catalyst for human connection and can we make our lives more meaningful through vulnerability? Oprah asks Dr. Brene Brown, a professor, New York Times best-selling author and nationally acclaimed speaker.

Brene Brown Part 2: Living with a Whole Heart

How to conquer shame and live with a whole heart.  This is Part 2 of Oprah’s interview with renowned researcher Dr. Brene Brown. Oprah calls this an “aha-a-minute conversation!”

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