The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: Creative ideas, wealth, and making life a celebration
May 7, 2020 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,
Millions of high school and college students will be graduating this month. Given the current situation, most graduation ceremonies are cancelled or delayed, which means you won’t be hearing many commencement speeches. To fill the gap, I’d like to share a list of insightful speeches that are not widely known.
These are not just commencement speeches, but rather great presentations from all areas of life. I created transcripts for each and compiled these useful talks into one list. Click here to check it out.
And while I’m thinking of it, Atomic Habits makes a great graduation gift. (Just saying.)
Now, let’s get to today’s email…
3 IDEAS FROM ME
“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.”
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
The painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, on 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
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
What is something that feels productive to you in the moment, but usually ends up wasting time and energy?
Until next week,