Wisdom Quotes

No matter who you meet make sure they’re happier once they leave.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. (Mother Teresa)
To get success you have to get started.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. (Mark Twain)


“I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!”
– C. JoyBell C.

Spanish Love Phrases


  • Te Quiero or Me gustas – I Like You

Usage: It is used in a more casual way and literally translates to I want you or I like you. 

  • Te Amo – I Love You

Usage: It is commonly used when you want to declare your love to someone. 

  • Mi Amor – My Love

Usage: Mi Amor, which can also be said as “Amor,” is a common Spanish phrase among couples. It is used to describe or introduce someone you love to people. 

  • Cariño – Darling

Usage: You can spice up your conversation by calling your loved one “Cariño” Instead of calling him/her“Amor”all the time.  

  • Estoy enamorado/a – I’m In love

Usage: It is used to tell a girl or a guy you admire and how much you are falling for them.

  • Te voy a echar de menos – I am going to miss you

Usage: This Spanish phrase is meant to be used when you are saying goodbye.

  • Pienso en tí siempre – I’m always thinking of you

Usage: It is used when you want to make your love feelings known to someone and tell them how much you have fallen for them. 

In the Maze of Billions of Apps: What Children need are Lagniappe! W.O.T.D.

Lagniappelan-YAPPart of speech: nounOrigin: Louisiana French, unknown
1Something given as a bonus or extra gift.
Examples of Lagniappe in a sentence “She loved slipping a lagniappe into the stocking of each grandchild on Christmas Eve.” “As a little lagniappe, the cafe offered a shortbread cookie with each cup of coffee.”

A place to write – by Seth Godin

A place to write

One reason that successful and prolific singer-songwriters are prolific is that as soon as they’ve written a song, they can record it and publish it.

And a huge advantage of having a daily blog is that the software is always open, waiting for you to write something.

Your story doesn’t have to be a book, it is simply your chance to make a difference. “Here’s what I see, here’s how you can be part of it.”

When we remove the pre (finding the pen, the paper, the notebook, the software) and the post (finding a way to publish it), it turns out that we write more often, and writing more often leads to writing better.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, it can simply be the next thing you do.

The patterns matter. Streaks work.

All part of your practice.

Kilwa, the abandoned East African city, once controlled the medieval gold trade


Resting on our laurels

PHRASEIf someone is resting on their laurels, they appear to be satisfied with the things they have achieved and have stopped putting effort into what they are doing.[disapproval]The government can’t rest on its laurels and must press ahead with major policy changes.Synonyms: sit back, relax, take it easy, relax your efforts   More Synonyms of to rest on your laurels

James Clear Newsletter

3-2-1 ThursdayNote: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (December 17, 2020)

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder this week.




“Life instantly improves when you don’t blame other people and focus on what you can control.”

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“Broad ideas influence more people.

Specific ideas influence people more.”

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“When an online course tells you how to make money in real estate remember they are making money by selling online courses.

When a conference covers how to build an online business remember they are building an event business.

Learn from what people do as much as what they say.”



Therapist Esther Perel on the importance of relationships:

“Life will present you with unexpected opportunities, and you won’t always know in advance which are the important moments. Above all, it’s the quality of your relationships that will determine the quality of your life. Invest in your connections, even those that seem inconsequential.”

Source: Tribe of Mentors


The engineer, Richard Hamming, on the purpose of education:

“Teachers should prepare the student for the student’s future, not for the teacher’s past.”

Source: The Art of Doing Science and Engineering


What is one small thing I could do today that would make a meaningful impact on my future?

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James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

Did you know…. Last Week….

Did you know…

… that today is New Zealand Discovery Day? Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European explorer to sight the South Pacific island group now known as New Zealand on this day in 1642. Just like Columbus’ landing in America in 1492, the “discovery” of New Zealand was a mere coincidence. The objectives of Tasman’s voyage were to find out how large the presumed southern super continent Terra Australis was and to seek an alternative route to Chile.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That’s a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don’t know what you’re doing.”

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Did you know…

… that today is Saturday Night Fever Day? The dance phenomenon “Saturday Night Fever” premiered on this day in 1977 in New York City. The film significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made John Travolta, already well known from his role on TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter, a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.”

— Henny Youngman

Did you know…

… that today is Wright Brothers Flight Day? The first successful powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on this day in 1903. First Orville, then Wilbur Wright kept their invention flying … each flight lasted just under one minute. Trivia fans: Neil Armstrong carried a piece of the Wright Flyer with him to the moon!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”

— Mary Kay Ash

Did you know…

… that today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day? Chocolaholics rejoice! Today we get to enjoy our beloved chocolate by covering something… anything… in a generous amount of chocolate. Celebrate by pouring, spreading, or drizzling chocolate!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?”

— Author Unknown

Did you know…

… that today is National Lemon Cupcake Day? Pucker up your lips because you’re about to bite into a tart, yet sweet, lemon cupcake. Why? Because today is National Lemon Cupcake Day! Spread the joy! 🙂


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“As you go about your daily life, you will encounter many lemons. Sour expressions, sour attitudes, sour auras! The good thing is that if you don’t want to be a lemon, you don’t have to be! Just don’t let those lemons rub themselves all over you! And you don’t even have to save them! Let lemons be lemons! One of the most important things that I have ever learned, is that I don’t have to save people.”

— C. JoyBell C.


Face Difficulties Positively

This parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!

This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him … all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity.

Lagomi – W.O.T.D.

LagomLAH-gawmPart of speech: nounOrigin: Swedish, early 19th century
1The principle of living a balanced, moderately paced, low-fuss life.
Examples of Lagom in a sentence “My resolution for next year is to slow down and embrace the principle of lagom.” “Renee is a model of lagom — I’ve never seen her the slightest bit perturbed.”