“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”
T.S. Elliot, 20th Century poet, essayist, playwright, literary critic and editor
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What makes a good day a good day? What makes a good life a good life?
Take some time to filter a typical day through the lenses of being useful, showing courage, and contemplating beauty.
If you do, you will likely feel a sense of wholeness and warmth inside. I’d bet that you may also be smiling and have a twinkle in your eyes upon this reflection.
Today’s quote was shared by Tim Ferris as a nugget of wisdom he was recently pondering. Consider exploring other works by Tim and T.S. Elliot to enrich your life.
“A mistake is only as valuable as the time you spend learning from it.”
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How do you usually respond when someone points out a mistake you’ve made?
My first reaction is often denial or a quick “sorry,” then I put it behind me.
What happens when the person pointing out this misstep continues to mention the error of your ways?
We almost never appreciate them rubbing it in, do we?
What if rubbing it in is actually what is needed in certain situations?
Where and how would a deeper look and a bit more time to contemplate our mishaps allow a valuable lesson to sink in and stick well beyond the moment?
What are some examples of significant mistakes you have made recently or over the years?
To what degree do you take the time to let their lessons seep in and impact your future efforts?
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”
—Wallace Stevens, 20th Century American modernist poet
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In recent months, I’ve had considerably more time to think. My daily routines have changed a bit with my health club closing, and working from home.
Instead of my normal fitness efforts I have introduced a 50-minute walk. Although it is not around a lake, it allows for significant, peaceful contemplative time.
Although I am getting plenty of steps and fresh air, of greater interest and value seems to be my mental, emotional, and spiritual explorations. Taking this time to look far more closely and clearly at the truths of my life and our world has been profound.
Consider taking a walk around your own lake or neighborhood and see what truths are revealed. Feel free to reply to this post and let me know what you discover.