Lifegoal: Becoming a better version of yourself

”Better” means stronger, kinder, wiser

Don’t think of improvement solely in terms of objective measures of performance

By Brad StulbergBradStulberg.com

So don’t bother comparing yourself to others. Compare yourself to prior versions of yourself. When you do, ask if you’ve gotten better. Are you stronger, kinder, and wiser than we were before?

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Desiderata

Desiderata (“things that are desired”) by German-American writer, attorney, and poet, Max Ehrmann(1872 – 1945)

DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

And remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

Be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

And listen to others,

Even the dull and the ignorant;

They too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

They are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

You may become vain and bitter;

For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble

It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;

For the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

Many persons strive for high ideals;

And everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment

It is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

Be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

No less than the trees and the stars;

You have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

Whatever you conceive Him to be,

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

In the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

It is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Simone de Beauvoir Tells Studs Terkel How She Became an Intellectual and a Feminist (1960) | Open Culture

Beauvoir’s belief that the writer must be “involved,” or—as she clarifies, “committed”—ethically, philosophically, and politically. What this means for her is “not ignoring the rest of the world.” As she puts it, “there is no possible neutrality… you have to commit yourself… and not to just be picked by people, pretending you are picked by nobody.” She goes on, in a vein reminiscent of Howard Zinn’s remark that one “can’t be neutral on a moving train”:
— Read on www.openculture.com/2014/11/simone-de-beauvoir-talks-with-studs-terkel-1960.html

The Source of Self-Regard: Toni Morrison on Wisdom in the Age of Information – Brain Pickings

I had read] the historical books… I had read the autobiographies of the slaves themselves and therefore had firsthand information from people who were there. You add that to my own intuition, and you can see the shape of my confidence and the trap that it would lead me into, which would be confusing data with information and knowledge with hunches and so on. I thought I knew a great deal about it. And that arrogance was the first obstacle.

What I needed was imagination to shore up the facts, the data, and not be overwhelmed by them. Imagination that personalized information, made it intimate, but didn’t offer itself as a substitute. If imagination could be depended on for that, then there was the possibility of knowledge. Wisdom, of course, I would leave alone, and rely on the readers to produce that.
— Read on www.brainpickings.org/2019/03/06/the-source-of-self-regard-toni-morrison-wisdom-information/


A Madrasah in Zamboanga: a place where girls can learn, play, and laugh

Weekends are usually resting days for most of us, but in the mornings in Zamboanga del Sur that is the time when one could easily notice groups of girls in hijab, sometimes with their mothers, walking not to frolic but to go school. The madrasah in Zamboanga del Sur is a not-for-profit learning center for anyone (yes, even for non-muslims) to learn arabic. Many of the children who study here are from farming families in nearby communities. Noticeable is that many of the students are girls.

Madrasah In Zamboanga

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Children play during break from class. They take arabic language lessons on weekends in an islamic school in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, south of the Philippines.September 6, 2015.
A teacher presides over a language class in Zamboaga
Children take arabic language lessons during the weekend in an islamic school in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, south of the Philippines.September 6, 2015