3 quotes for Feb 5, 2021

Sir Henry Royce. J Krishnamurti. Marcus Aurelius.

Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.

-- Sir Henry Royce


What happens when you do not name? You look at an emotion, at a sensation more directly and therefore have a different relationship to it, just as you have to a flower when you do not name it. You are forced to look at it anew.

-- J Krishnamurti


But we need to eliminate unnecessary assumptions as well. To eliminate the unnecessary actions that follow.

-- Marcus Aurelius


The highlight reel. The one action that delivers instantaneous change and result. The overnight success.

None of that is true. Or at least, the full picture.

As I try to navigate my jobs and life, I realise that it is made up of the mundane. Most of it. But then, so are most of my joyous moments. Most of my meaningful relationships and friendships are full of regular moments.

We don't have to keep playing into the notion of the highlight reel. That's mostly bull. Every action that we can take, even if we are the only person who knows and sees it, is part of our fabric.

When we start to label things as "boring" or "trivial" or "what does this really change?", we just end up procrastinating, or worse. Eliminating unnecessary assumptions, looking at things with a clean slate (oh, so hard!) and approaching each problem and possible solutions as they are, without any baggage seems to be powerful.

These 3 quotes, while seemingly random, seem to point something in that vein out to me.

Let me know what struck you and do share a great quote that you read recently.