Motivation for the week ahead

A friend of mine once told me: “If you do what they want you to do, at best it will be all right and at worst it will be all right. If you do what you want to do, at best it will be fantastic, at worst it will be a disaster.” Who wants to be just all right?

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Eva Wiseman on Inside Out

Isn’t this an incredible message for the audiences of children who will watch the film, that the best way to experience true happiness is to also feel fear, and sadness, and other things their mothers tried so hard to hide? How different would this world look, it made me wonder, if women had never felt the pressure to be a “happy girl” and repress their conflicting sadnesses in that small chalk circle, and smile and “shake it off”, and always try their hardest to make things easier.

I’m still thinking about this film. I will more than likely go see it again this week.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

A book full of quotable quotes… Loved it.

Will you help me? Can I trust you? […] And so often, underneath it all, these questions originate in our basic, human longing to know: Do you love me?

P. 3

Sometimes people just don’t want the flower. Sometimes you have to let them walk away.

P. 36

We started to blend with each other, the only way we knew how. Using art. Collecting and connecting the dots of each other’s lives. All art, no matter what shape it is, has to come from somewhere. We can only connect the dots that we can collect.

P. 142

Maybe you just weren’t ready to be asked, I said. Or maybe, he said, I found the person I could answer.

P. 162

… This is what art does. Good or bad, it imagines the insides, the heart of the other, whether that heart is full of light or trapped in darkness.

P. 289