Quotes March 22, 2022

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
This is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become.
JAMES BALDWIN
The Fire Next Time

 
 
 
 
There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment.
JOSEPH JOUBERT
Pensées
 
 
 
 
Her green mind made the world around her green.
WALLACE STEVENS
Description Without Place
 
 
 
 
It is all a question of weeding out what you yourself like best to do, so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an increasing number of disagreeable surprises.
M.F.K. FISHER
How to Cook a Wolf
 
 
 
 
Now and then it is a joy to have one’s table red with wine and roses.
Oscar Wilde
De Profundis
 
 
 
 
If you know what somebody wants, you know what he is like.
W. H. Auden
The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays
 
 
 
 
Flawed can be more perfect than perfection.
GRETCHEN RUBIN
 
 
 
 

5 things making me happy

ONE
I couldn’t make it through my recording of this episode of A Little Happier without laughing—I find the one-liners of surreal comedian Steven Wright so funny. Plus, because they often take the form of aphorisms, I appreciate them even more.
 
 
TWO
Adding whimsy to tasks makes me happy—and so does clearing up my office at the end of the work day. I shared this “Desk-clearing Bingo Card” to gamify my end-of-day desk-clearing ritual. Take a look, see if you can get a bingo. Your Monday morning self will appreciate the neatened desk.
 
 

THREE

I love perfume, and I was fascinated to read this interview with Kimberly Waters, a boutique-fragrance expert and founder of MUSE (Modern Urban Sensory Experiences).

 
 
FOUR
During my daily visit to the Met, I try to notice details and make connections. I was admiring Sir Thomas Lawrence’s beautiful 1790 portrait of Elizabeth Farren, when, because of St. Patrick’s Day, I particularly noted that she was Irish. (I love the textures captured in this painting.)

 
 
FIVE
For my #Rest22in2022 challenge I’m aiming to build a habit of rest by taking a nap on the days it’s possible to do so. I was very interested to learn Dr. Sandra Dalton-Smith’s perspective, which categorizes rest into 7 “types.”
 
 
Updates

I created a free, downloadable PDF version of my Calendar of Catalysts, just in time for the first day of spring this Sunday (a perfect opportunity for a fresh start). Click here to download, print, and add your own auspicious dates.