IttyBliss for May 19

IttyBliss for May 19


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou.

Essentialism is minimalism For Practical People

You’re busy, I’m busy, we’re all busy…and that’s just the way it goes, right? But how much “busy” is essential to your bliss? Before you scream “I’ll be a mnmlist!,” first consider the three most essential things in your life. For me, it’s a happy and healthy family, the freedom to express myself and the hope to make a difference in the world. Whatever it takes to support that holy trinity — I’ll take it, no more no less.

The Most Essential Practice

There’s nothing more essential than breathing. Try this: focus solely on your breath for at least five minutes. Observe air going in, then going out. Observe your thoughts as you stay with each full breath. Are they crazy or what? Observe yourself in this space. Then, let it go. Do it again tomorrow.

Speaking of Legacy

Heartbreaking news: SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died while vacationing in Mexico. I didn’t know him, but this hits me a little harder than normal: last month my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, Sheri Burke, died suddenly. She was 38, a wonderful soul. It’s soothing to know that people who knew Mr. Goldberg or Ms. Burke shared similar sentiments: Dave was “generous and kind with everybody“, and Ms. Burke “inspired us with her…kind heart.” This goes to show: no matter who you are or what you do, people remember kindness.

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