On Monday, when the sun is hot
I wonder to myself a lot:
"Now is it true, or is it not,
That what is which and which is what?”
On Tuesday, when it hails and snows,
The feeling on me grows and grows
That hardly anybody knows
If those are these or these are those.
How can you get very far if you don’t know who you are?
How can you do what you ought if you don’t know what you have got?
And if you don’t know which to do
Of all the things in front of you
Then what you will have when you are through
Is just a mess without a clue
Of all the best that can come true
If you know what and which and who
- Winnie the Pooh-
by the time it came to the edge of the forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river. and, being grow-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger but moved more slowly. for it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, "there is no hurry. we shall get there some day.
Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.
Miles Davis, American jazz musician
Often, the discovery of one’s unique gift and contribution to the world requires time to unfold through trial and error, practice, patience and persistence.
Like many, I have found “in the meantime” is challenging. There’s a rush to have it all figured out, but as my wise aunt Joni once reminded me, focus on the journey. During my journey so far I’ve learned letting fear keep me on the sidelines does not keep me safe, nor do answers magically appear…
"Diving in" into the deep end and exploring, however, does! (You have to be willing to get in and practice until you are fine tuned.) As the Tao of Pooh reminds, approaching life and its challenges with a student mindset is key to discovering who (you are) and what (unique gift you can offer).
Welcome setbacks as lessons for refinement or indicators you need to head in a different direction. I have. And in the meantime, enjoy the blessings you have today as part of your journey refining your uniqueness.(via cemiddleton)
The best use of money as a motivator is to pay people enough to take the issue of money off the table: Pay people enough so that they’re not thinking about money and they’re thinking about the work. Once you do that, it turns out there are three factors that the science shows lead to better performance, not to mention personal satisfaction: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
Scientists inserted a gene into cats that helps them resist Feline immunodeficiency virus—a close relative of HIV and tracked it with a green fluorescent protein. These cats appeared normal during the day, but can glow at night if prompted.
While the above glow-in-the-dark kitten is obviously the internet kingpin of the all the photos behind this link, we’re equally mesmerized by the glowing sheep.