Three Thoughts for Thursday – February 2019

Three Thoughts for Thursday

Quote or Passage I’m Pondering and Appreciating:

A strong emotion is like a storm. If you look at a tree in a storm, the top of the tree seems fragile, like it might break at any moment. You are afraid the storm might uproot the tree.  But if you turn your attention to the trunk of the tree, you realize that its roots are deeply anchored in the ground, and you see that the tree will be able to hold.

You too are a tree. During a storm of emotion you should not stay at the level of the head or the heart, which are like the top of the tree.  You have to leave the heart, the eye of the storm, and come back to the trunk of the tree… Then you will survive the storm of strong emotion.

~ Thich Naht Hahn, You are Here, p. 72

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Book I’m Reading:

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck M.D.

Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self.

Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, “Life is difficult” and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.

Podcast I’m Enjoying:

Coaching For Leaders, 376: How to Become the Person You Want to Be, with James Clear

James Clear: Atomic Habits James Clear is an author and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. He s the author of the new book, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Question I’m Reflecting On:

 How does boredom contribute to creativity, and what have we lost in a world in which we don’t allow ourselves to experience true boredom?