Miscellany is a weekly edit in which we share any kinds of things that have been on our mind for the week, plus some articles that we came across on the internet, hoping you fall for them the way we did.
It seems to me that part of the beauty of being alive in this world, right now, is that we get to enjoy the vast differences between every single human being. To be fully invested in the people we talk to, and find the things we share, but to shortly thereafter explore parts of them that are foreign to us. Because when we find new things, new opinions, new thoughts, new experiences, we expand our own knowledge, and thus we grow.
And please, yes, let’s disagree. Often. Because disagreement is what makes for intensely interesting conversation. Differences are interesting.
+ On being your most charming self. “Charm & charisma are similar beasts: it’s the art of making the person you’re speaking to feel like they’re the only person in the room.” How To Be Charming – by Gala Darling, via galadarling.com
+ On using the gifts our modern day gives us daily in a way that brings us further in life – a conversation between Seth Godin and Marie Forleo. (This one made my week.) “We rarely look back on our lives and say “I’m disappointed that I made my art.”” We’re Wasting The Chance Of A Lifetime – By Marie Forleo, via marieforleo.com
+ On the sweetness of taking the train. “Every year, I take a Northeast Regional southbound to Charlottesville to visit two dear friends and their pair of gorgeous, sweetly neurotic German shepherds. I went once in the spring after moving to New York, but two years in the city had made me susceptible to Virginia pollen, teary-eyed and wheezing every time I went outdoors. So now I visit in autumn when the air is crisp and the leaves have just turned.” Taking The Train To Charlottesville – by Wei Tchou, via The Paris Review
+ On the importance of books. “Adults can change their circumstances; children cannot. Children are powerless, and in difficult situations they are the victims of every sorrow and mischance and rage around them, for children feel all of these things but without any of the ability that adults have to change them. Whatever can take a child beyond such circumstances, therefore, is an alleviation and a blessing.” Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life and Why the Passion for Work Is the Greatest Antidote to Pain – by Maria Popova, via Brain Pickings