Every time I read something or hear something thought-provoking, interesting, inspirational, or funny, I have an intense yearning to share it. I do not work in a traditional office anymore and COVID restrictions have limited my robust conversations with friends. I have found that Twitter can be an outlet for sharing thoughts and ideas; I share there almost every day. But it seems excessive and personally distracting to tweet every single thing that I find intriguing, especially when I am away from my phone. When I read, I highlight what is truly touching, although sometimes a half-page of a book can be solid gold- as I am finding now. I’d like to eventually write down all of my favorite quotes from all of the books I have read, as a type of memoir of what types of information and words have influenced my life. Books have been a huge source of influence in my life. I am self-motivated to read, but then a lot of my motivation comes from books. Wise well-written words of the authors have often stirred in me life, passion, action, curiosity- and that is amazing. Kudos to those people for writing awesome books.
I’m currently reading Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. Now, more than ever, I want to share the quotes that are changing my life. Perhaps they can change yours too, without reading the whole book, although I highly suggest that you do.
Here are some awesome ones, that if you were to think about and implement into your daily life, could make a huge positive impact.
“We cannot navigate without something to aim at.” p. 92
When I was abruptly left without a job in March 2020, when the initial COVID shut-down happened in Oregon, I lost my aim. My life was so engrossed in my work, it defined me. I am embarrassed to say I flailed for several months, with no objective. Even though I felt like I was being “productive” every day- I refused to watch TV, kept my health up, researched things, interviewed a lot, gardened, cooked…. I was not progressing to any major life goal I had previously set. Worst, I was not becoming a better version of myself every day. I stopped being happy with my journey, it stopped being as fruitful and fulfilling of a journey as it felt I had been on. It felt like I took a step backward.
There was a week after months of this aimlessness where I got very sick for an entire week. I thought I had COVID (although I tested negative). I had extreme temperature differentials, couldn’t eat (lost 10 pounds in 7 days), and was just blatantly uninterested in anything. I couldn’t even watch movies; thought everything was so aimless and uninteresting. A complete opposite of my previous personality which was that of a constant state of urgency and anxious passion. It felt like it was a culmination of the lack of aim of the last several months into one sick week; where my body said- if you are not going to be your best, an industrious, happy, go-getter- we will get very sick. That was a major turning point.
I have found more structure now, and although I complain about those few months, I am also thankful that this happened because who knows how long I would have waited to start my own business, and I was put in a circumstance that gave me that opportunity, which is awesome now!
“Even when satisfied, temporarily, we remain curious. We live within a framework that defines the present as eternally lacking and the future as eternally better. If we didn’t see things this way, we would never act at all.”
p . 93
It’s ok not to be satisfied because if we were not we wouldn’t act. Wow. This is so true and seemingly obvious. I feel like I often make myself guilty for wanting more, but if the success that I just had wasn’t because I wanted more, I wouldn’t have ever done it and had that success and reached my next level of contribution to the world and personal satisfaction. So, this leads me to the next quote…
“Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak. Much happiness is hope.”
Ok, so now I know that I will have satisfaction on the peak, but it will be fleeting and I will be yearning for the next journey uphill which is the best part. Yes.
“Take stock.” p. 93
I have told everyone I can so far about this one. This is a segment about home inspections. Before you buy a house, you hire an inspector to take detailed notes of every single thing of the house, all the flaws, all the good things. Then, you know what you are going to have to fix or remodel, etc. Why not do the same thing with yourself. Take detailed notes, take stock, write down all the things after you search deep within your psyche, and then you can know what you need to work on. So cool!