Life ∆-ing

 I am constantly searching for the next, much needed article, quote, image, or book to spur greater internal drive and development. While I wish that I devoured books like I consume lattes, I have turned more to articles from a variety of sources this year…perhaps their shorter natures fit better into my schedule or perhaps it’s my constant desire to explore a variety of topics, ideas, & disciplines.



TODAY: “No matter what you do in your life, no matter what you create, what career you have, whether you have a family or kids, or make a lot of money, or whatever, your greatest creation is going to be your life story because it’s like this container that holds all of those other things. That was something I was really interested in this project. Like thinking of life itself as a creation, as a story you are writing.”

THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT CHARITY IS DEAD WRONG, TED TALK by DAN PALLOTTA:  “Our generation does not want its epitaph to read, ‘We kept charity overhead low.’ We want it to read that we changed the world, and that part of the way we did that was by changing the way we think about these things. So the next time you’re looking at a charity, don’t ask about the rate of their overhead. Ask about the scale of their dreams, their Apple-, Google-, Amazon-scale dreams, how they measure their progress toward those dreams, and what resources they need to make them come trueregardless of what the overhead is. Who cares what the overhead is if these problems are actually getting solved? If we can have that kind of generosity, a generosity of thought, then the non-profit sector can play a massive role in changing the world for all those citizens most desperately in need of it to change.”

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?, TEDxUNC TALK by LAURA ROZO: “Death is not a threat, but the condition that maximizes my life.”

2012 WELLESLEY GRADUATION SPEECH by MELISSA PERRY HARRIS: “Women’s education is very much about finding your voice. About learning to speak, about speaking with confidence, about sharing your ideas freely, about battling the boys. But there is an enormous difference between being silenced and choosing to be silent. When we are silenced, you have something to say but no one will listen. When you choose to be silent, to quiet it down, to listen, you’ve actually exercised the other part of voice. The part that makes your voice sound like something. It sounds like something in comparison to the silence.”

DON’T REGRET REGRET, TED TALK by KATHRYN SCHULZ: “Regret doesn’t remind us that we did badly. It reminds us that we know we can do better.”



When Humility and Audacity Go Hand in Hand, Interview with Jacqueline Novogratz by Adam Bryant

The Service Patch, by David Brooks

The Money-Empathy Gap, by Lisa Miller

The Americanization of Mental Illness, by Ethan Watters

How Silicon Valley Envisions the Future of Health Care, by Ariel Schwartz



“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” – Aldous Huxley

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions—in a way that serves the world and you.” – Sir Richard Branson

“The point is that we, as students, must rend the reigns back under our control. We must command our attention. This is the hallmark of a truly exceptional student: one who fights through whatever boredom thwarts their self-improvement, choosing instead to ferret out the beauty in the lesson being taught. Because it’s there. It may not be presented with bells and whistles and fanfare, but it’s there.” – Matt Stevens

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.” – Thomas Merton 

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 “At the moment, our society’s notion of success is largely composed of two parts: money and power. But it’s time for a third metric, beyond money and power – one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back.” – Arianna Huffington


Through Painted Deserts, Donald Miller

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life without Losing its Soul, Howard Schultz 

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain