Be Inspired! Table of Contents for Thirty Thousand Days – Spring, 2015

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Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living: Spring 2015 Table of Contents with Quotes You Are Not Drowning by David Berkun Socrates never said “I’d do great work if I didn’t have philosophy overload from hanging out at the agora.” Emily Dickinson didn’t complain of vocabulary overload in the English language. Picasso, Da Vinci, Tesla and Marie Curie all possessed amazing curiosities and could have easily been distracted away from their work by the…

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A Passion for Giving: Zell Kravinsky

Most of us aspire to be generous. We write tax-deductible checks at the end of the year. We volunteer at the local food shelf. We do what we can while devoting ourselves to those in our inner circle of loved ones. But Zell Kravinsky goes about it differently.

Zell gives with a kind of passion that raises questions and eyebrows. Giving is not something he squeezes into the margins of his life. It’s square and center, it’s what makes him tick, his raison d’êtret. And while everyone can agree on how extreme he is, there’s great controversy about why he does what he does. He’s a saint. He’s a martyr. He’s a troubled man.

But regardless of how you interpret his actions, you may be inspired by the courage and resolve he demonstrates as he follows the convictions of his own heart. (This video is long, but watching even a few minutes might give your mind and heart a good workout. What do you make of his challenging and thought-provoking message?)

Chef: What Can We Learn About Passion and Purpose?

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Movie Review Chef – What Can We Learn About Passion and Purpose? The central character in Chef is Carl (played by John Favreau) – a man who has a passion for cooking. A man who has found his purpose. The problem is that he hasn’t found the right place to carry out that purpose. As the film begins he is the head chef at a posh restaurant where he is at odds with the owner,…

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A Fun Prescription for Staying Youthful

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Alright, let’s put our cards, so to speak, on the table. What have you got? I’m out, let’s play again, but I deal this time. Do you make time to play cards now and then with your friends? Do you know where your cards are? Oh, you’re not sure you have a full deck? All the more reason to start playing — cards, chess, checkers, monopoly, any board game . . . just get those…

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Unbox Yourself

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by Gregg Krech   If you are really, really lucky, you will have time today. Not free time. But the time that’s available between this moment and the moment you are touched by the grace of sleep. What will you do with that time?   The Moon exerts its force on the tides. What force will you exert on the world today?   Will you smile at a stranger? Will you write one page of…

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Work with the Conditions You Encounter

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Janet Lipner had a realization recently. She attended a tree care program and, after getting certified, she helped to plant trees. She commented on all the factors that help a tree grow: depth and circumference of the hole, soil quality, water, etc. But wherever you plant the tree, the tree has to deal with whatever conditions are present in that location. This is really true of any kind of plant, since they cannot move or change their circumstances. But the…

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Just Describe — Don’t Complain

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by Gregg Krech One of the ways we fail to accept what life is presenting us is by complaining about it. We complain about circumstances that unfold, we complain about our bodies, we complain about other people. Here’s an exercise we use in our Mental Wellness course. Limit your complaints to just describing things as they are. So instead of . . . “Hey, who washed my favorite blouse? It shrunk. Now it’s too small.…

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Don’t Just Be In the Audience. Be Creative.

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By Gregg Krech Think about how often you are part of an audience. You read books that other people wrote. You watch movies that other people filmed. You watch your kids or grandkids play soccer. You watch sports or sitcoms. You read poems by Mary Oliver. Or listen to an audio book on mindfulness. Everything you’re reading, watching and listening to involved a creative process. A process that probably involved more than one person. You…

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