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Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round.

Forgive yourself for being afraid.

But don’t let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.


Seth Godin, with his signature pithy wisdom, captures the crucial difference between not succumbing to the tyranny of perfectionism and not showing up – a difference perhaps best articulated by the Chinese concept of wu-wei. Werner Herzog put it even more unambiguously when he said that “there is nothing wrong with hardships and obstacles, but everything wrong with not trying.

Also see Godin on how to dance with our fear of failure.

More of Godin’s wisdom here.

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Jet lagged. Hong Kong 2012.

By Mike O’Shea


This is jet lag.


David Foster Wallace on writing and how we find ourselves.

Those rare resonant writers, for me, include Rebecca Solnit, Anne LamottDani Shapiro, and E.B. White.

"It’s like eating candy for the soul."

"Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail."
— Ernest Hemingway (via writingquotes)


“His recollection of an abandoned prospector’s shack, which he discovered as child, aptly describes his own studio: ‘a little palace assembled from … almost any type of found object you can imagine.’”

Remembering artist and collagist Jess, who was born today in 1923.