Seven Life Lessons –

  1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  2. Build pockets of stillness into your life. Meditate – and sleep.
  3. Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
  4. Be generous.
  5. …when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  7. “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”

The excellent Brain Pickings is 7 years old and celebrating it’s birthday with this list of 7 things learnt. There’s more to the post than what’s listed here and it’s well worth popping over to read the post in full. Here’s the first few sentences.

On October 23, 2006, I sent a short email to a few friends at work — one of the four jobs I held while paying my way through college — with the subject line “brain pickings,” announcing my intention to start a weekly digest featuring five stimulating things to learn about each week, from a breakthrough in neuroscience to a timeless piece of poetry. “It should take no more than 4 minutes (hopefully much less) to read,” I promised. This was the inception of Brain Pickings.

Maria Popova

A hat tip to Maria for beavering away at her Brain Pickings plan to develop it to where it is now. And each post taking much more than 4 minutes to read too!

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