“Never be so busy comparing what you have that you forget how fortunate you are to have it.”


“Wealth is the power to choose.

Financial wealth is the power to choose how to spend money.

Social wealth is the power to choose who to hang out with.

Time wealth is the power to choose how to spend your day.

Mental wealth is the power to choose how to spend your attention.”


“Creative ideas happen when you stop thinking about what others will think.”



The painterPaula Modersohn-Beckeron making life a celebration:

“I know that I shall not live very long. But I wonder, is that sad? Is a celebration more beautiful because it lasts longer? And my life is a celebration, a short, intense celebration.”

Source: Excerpt of her journal (1897); as quoted in Voicing our Visions: Writings by Women Artists


The physician and writer, Oliver Sacks, explains the value of gardens:

“As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience of wandering through a lush garden or a timeless desert, walking by a river or an ocean, or climbing a mountain and finding ourselves simultaneously calmed and reinvigorated, engaged in mind, refreshed in body and spirit. The importance of these physiological states on individual and community health is fundamental and wide-ranging. In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.”

Source: “Why We Need Gardens” in Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales


What is something that feels productive to you in the moment, but usually ends up wasting time and energy?

Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

P.S. If you're feeling lonelyegg dog will cheer you up.

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