|A Cloudy Light // One for the Cloud Appreciation Society - personal photo|
While I ponder about upcoming blog content, here are the latest Food For Thought links. Put together over one month ago, the post has been pushed back by the 2013 round-up and analysis posts. I am still considering which of my 2013 regular posts to continue, but Food for Thought is definitely a keeper, for as long as I have interesting reads to share.
On Shanna Trenholm Blog - Intentionalist, not Minimalist
I have been giving a lot of thought on the whole concept of minimalism lately. So has this blogger, who decided to call herself an "intentionalist" rather than minimalist. As in, deciding to live intentionally, being mindful of each moment of life. Maybe I am an "intentionalist" as well.
On The UnStudent Blog - How I Dealt With the Identity Crisis of My Twenties
In this article, Mikhail explains how he writes 100 goals for himself around his birthday to keep track of his life accomplishments and growth and fight the birthday gloom of those who reach the end of their twenties. Beware, awesome TED talk about the identity crisis of the 20-something inside! By the way, there is a list of the goals on his blogs, and I have to confess this will be inspiration for my 2014 New Year Resolutions.
On Raptitude - Accept it whether you can change it or not
Acceptance is a recurring subject when talking about happiness and serenity, but I like how David turns it in this article. Separating acceptance from resignation and defining it as "the intention to agree with reality". Accepting a fact doesn't mean being in line with it, or letting it be without doing anything. It is just coming to peace with facts, to make them easier to change, if it is possible to.
On Allison Vesterfelt's blog - Finding Gratitude Beyond My Circumstances
I have been thinking about gratitude these past two years, and this post from Allison Vesterfelt summarizes very clearly all the benefits of practicing daily gratitude, in all circumstances. I like how she says that it is a "muscle" that needs training, or that you have to say it before actually starting to feel it. A wise reminder during happy and challenging moments alike.
On Medium (I.M.H.O) - Eight Things You Can Live Without
This article is a nice summary of item types we tend to hold on to and clutter our homes. From the emotional link to the typical "but I could use it one day", I found it to be a nice starting point if you are trying to simplify your home. As all lists and recommendations, it is to be adapted to your own personal situation and preferences, of course.
Kali's Featured TED talk: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be Happy? Be Grateful.
I think the title of this talk says it all. I have been convinced of the importance of gratitude for a while, but David Steindl explains its benefits in a very simple and efficient way. Definitely one of my favourite TED talks.
Photo: An attempt at capturing the beauty of the setting sun behind December clouds. In Cournols, Auvergne (France). I am seriously considering applying for membership to the Cloud Appreciation Society.