Word by word with Anne Lamott.

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Somehow during the past months I kept coming across the name of Anne Lamott cited by some authors in reference to the elusive art of writing. Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life, is an honest, moving and sometimes funny account on how you can decide to live your life by accepting and welcoming your vulnerability and being open to tell the story about it.

“Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up, to grow and belong.”

“…good writing is about telling the truth. We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.”

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Focus: the challenge of our times

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Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932 Georgia O’Keeffe

After his book, Emotional Intelligence, when I see anything that has the name Daniel Goleman on it, I want to read it. That’s what happened with Focus (2013). At that time, I had this sort of perception that my attention was something I could work on, something relevant for my everyday living.
Right now, I am absolutely certain that the way we are able to direct our attention to what we want will lead us to a better life: in relation to work and productivity or in relation to personal well-being. The author puts in in the words of Yoda “ your focus is your reality”.

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