You matter even in Quotes and UnQuotes…

You matter.

You are loved.

Actually, you can.

Yes!! Yes!! You can do it!

Focus on the good.

You are doing great.

We rise by lifting others.

Be happy. Be bright. Be you.

Every day is a second chance.

You are amazing. Remember that.

Darling, you are a work of art.

Happiness looks gorgeous on you.

You are capable of amazing things.

You are somebody’s reason to smile.

Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. (Samuel Beckett)

Each day provides its own gifts. (Marcus Aurelius)

Think like a proton, always positive.

Nothing is worth more than this day. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

You are stronger than you think you are.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. (Greg Anderson)

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. (Theodore Roosevelt)

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. (Christopher Reeve)

You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.

Breathe. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

The first step is you have to say that you can. (Will Smith)

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. (W. C. Fields)

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. (Booker T. Washington)

It’s okay to not be okay as long as you are not giving up.

If you feel like giving up, look back at how far you’ve come.

Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day.

Don’t go through life, grow through life. (Eric ButterworthP)

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. (Duke Ellington)

You are amazing. As you are. Stronger than you know.

‘More beautiful than you think. (Tia Sparkles)

Everything is going to be okay in the end. If it’s not the okay, it’s not the end.



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“The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see: and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings: fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid.” – Livy

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is David Bowie Name Change Day? In 1966, Davie Jones changed his name to David Bowie so he wouldn’t be confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees. And the rest is history…


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”

— Bob Dylan


Medium : The Newsletter

Today’s highlights
Ambitious people are a dime a dozen. Most people doubt themselves. All of us — in some shape or form — are…
Why They Might Be Killing Your Productivity And Well Being
Barry DavretMember only content5 min read
It’s possible to fall in love again with former pastimes.
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Applause from Daniel Junior and 1 other
If this doesn’t make you shake your head, nothing will
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Member contentFor Members
Applause from Siobhan O’Connor and 2 others
How a network of startups and scientists are moving to use cutting-edge tech to fight the obesity epidemic
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Applause from Ana Maria and 2 others
The West could learn something from East Asia’s more harmonious worldview
We’re stuck on a political Gravitron. The way to get unstuck may surprise you.
Based on your reading history
Applause from Luke Rowley and 1 other
Why are we so darn hard on ourselves?
Applause from Daniel Junior and 2 others
Washed ashore in the dying light to catch my breath while you float in sleep.
Tracy Aston in The JunctionMember only content1 min read
Applause from Christina Hausauer and 2 others
Penance for the hearing impaired & more
M.M. O’Keefe in PublishousMember only content8 min read
From authors you follow
Because these are not the same thing
Kris GageMember only content4 min read
It’s a useful role to play with yourself.
I think of you all the time And I want to be with you But we are living in times Where love has become a…
Jazalyn1 min read
One is You, I Miss You (Whoever You Are)
Applause from Glenna Gill
Medium’s Curation Guidelines: don’t say anything. I managed to skip them, having read not a single line..
Applause from people you follow
Applause from Camila Beaumord and 1 other
Backstage with Freddie: a personal account of the delicate work that kept the world’s biggest rock star happy
Peter Hince in Cuepoint32 min read
Applause from Michelle Monet and 2 others
In deep delirium after a catastrophic heart attack, my subconscious ran wild
Eugene CostelloMember only content8 min read
Applause from Ben Freeland and 1 other
Why A New Generation of Women Leaders Are Getting Smeared as Dumb by Male Pundits Who’ve Been Wrong About…
Best in Marketing
Applause from Lisa Daum
Enough with the glorified photo booths!
Fast CompanyMember only content6 min read
Applause from Kristin Wilson
It’s now the We Company. But the co-working giant’s self-image is hard to square with its current reality.
inc. magazineMember only content5 min read
Becoming an influencer is hard, as our columnist found out when he tried creative photography, consultations…
Best in Disability
Applause from Scott Carnahan
The bride and groom met through a Facebook community created for those afflicted with a rare neurological…
Architects are adapting to the need for more multisensory design
The EconomistMember only content7 min read


Charles Kettering

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”

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Bennett Cerf

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.”

via Today’s Quote http://bit.ly/2CTz68t January 09, 2019 at 11:40AM
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H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”

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Jose Ortega y Gasset

“We cannot put off living until we are ready.”

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Bernard Baruch

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”

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Marcus Aurelius

“Anger cannot be dishonest.”

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Happy New Orbit – said my fav Newsletter

happy new orbit! This is the brainpickings.org weekly digest by Maria Popova. If you missed last week’s edition — Walt Whitman on confidence through criticism, Rebecca Solnit’s lovely letter to children about how books solace, empower, and transform us, and more — you can catch up right here. (ALSO: Don’t miss the annual review of the best of Brain Pickings 2018.) And if you are enjoying this newsletter, please consider supporting my labor of love with a donation – this year, I spent innumerable hours and tremendous resources on it, and every little bit of support helps enormously. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

Neil Gaiman Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s Ode to Timelessness to His 100-Year-Old Cousin


“Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time,” the German psychologist Marc Wittman wrote in his insightful investigation of the psychology of time“Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity we once were?” poet Marie Howe asked in the opening lines of her stunning tribute to Stephen Hawking — a question that cuts to the heart of our uneasy embodied temporality. How do creatures with lifespans that rarely stretch past a century fathom cosmic scales stretching billions of years, back to the dawn of everything, when time and matter were undivided as the raw material of the universe? How does the very notion of a self, around which we orient our entire existence, hold up against such sweeps at all?

Perhaps the interplay between deep time and self is more fathomable to those perched on the overlook of life, who have lived long enough to view being and nonbeing with equal immediacy.

When my good friend and fellow poetry lover Amanda Palmer asked me to send a poem for her husband, Neil Gaiman, to read to his 100-year-old cousin, Helen Fagin — the Holocaust survivor who composed that arresting letter to children about how books save lives — I chose a poem by one of Neil’s dear friends, Ursula K. Le Guin(October 21, 1929–January 22, 2018), found in her final poetry collection, So Far So Good (public library) — one of the loveliest books of 2018.

Amanda immortalized this sweet and rather profound moment in a short video, shared here with the kind permission of everyone involved:


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by Ursula K. Le Guin

In the vast abyss before time, self
is not, and soul commingles
with mist, and rock, and light. In time,
soul brings the misty self to be.
Then slow time hardens self to stone
while ever lightening the soul,
till soul can loose its hold of self
and both are free and can return
to vastness and dissolve in light,
the long light after time.

A voracious reader and lifelong lover of poetry, Helen arrived in America in 1946 not speaking a word of English, then went on to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor of literature. She recently shared with me a kindred verse by her favorite American poet, Walt Whitman — a man who contemplated the paradox of the self throughout his lush body of work — which she long ago adopted as her personal motto:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngThe pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me,
The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate into a new tongue.

In striking consonance with the nonduality at the heart of Le Guin’s poem, the line that prefaces this passage in Whitman’s Song of Myself is “I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul.”

Complement with Whitman himself on the key to living a vibrant and rewarding lifeand Le Guin’s “Hymn to Time,” then revisit Amanda Palmer’s wondrous readings of two poems by Helen’s compatriot, the Nobel-winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska: “Possibilities” and “Life White-You-Wait.”


Tradebriefs Newsletter

Few companies have quite invested in the future like Softbank. SoftBank has invested more than $1bn each in a total of 19 companies. This includes developed companies such as Coupang, South Korea’s answer to Amazon, leading mobile gaming company Supercell, which is behind titles such as Clash Royale and Clash of Clans, and Indian internet retailer Flipkart, which now generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. The values of companies that SoftBank has invested heavily in range from the $72bn Uber down to the $2.2bn Brightstar. A complete analysis of Softbank’s investments here.

Looking at the Indian news media and its relationship with the political establishment and the corporate elite through the lens of Manufacturing Consent’s famous “propaganda model” with its “five filters” of editorial bias (the seminal work by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman), the parallels in recent times seem striking. The filters include ‘Media ownership and the profit motive’, ‘Advertising Revenue’, ‘Complicity in sourcing (Official sources)’, ‘Flak’ and ‘Fear of the common enemy’. Full details in this story here.

Since Binny Bansal’s exit from Flipkart, founders – from early to growth-stage – have woken up to the need to protect their turf from investors who could go on to control the company. Founders of successful startups have begun lobbying for shares with differential voting rights, while smaller entrepreneurs are educating themselves about how to protect themselves while raising capital. Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal sensed that such a situation could arise, and in 2017, when it seemed like SoftBank was muscling in on strategy, had certain clauses in Ola’s articles of association altered to give him tighter control. But what does a founder do when she or he has to raise capital to make sure the business is scaling up?

Devi, a street vendor in Delhi, sold fresh roses until three months ago, when another vendor showed up on her turf with LED balloons, which appeared to be selling much faster than her roses. Devi wanted in on these new “light balloons.” She’d never seen such a thing.
“I instantly knew I had to sell them,” she says.
So she went to a wholesale market in New Delhi and asked a shopkeeper to sell her some LED balloons and show her how to assemble them.
With an impaired right arm, Devi struggles to stretch the plastic balloons and inflate them with a manual pump. But she believes in the product and in her own talent in sales.
“I used to peel thorns off roses with one hand!” she exclaims, laughing. “If that didn’t kill me, assembling balloons won’t.” And then, the balloons are ready for their final destination after their 3-month, many-thousands-of-miles journey..

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