1. Daring Greatly. I found this lovely video on Brene Brown’s blog. It’s a short film (3 min.) about two women who developed a completely different bike helmet. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before – because it’s invisible. Cool! But at its core, it is much more than just “thinking outside the box.” This is about what Brene Brown calls “daring greatly,” which she defines as having courage to be vulnerable. To open yourself up to criticism and failure and moving forward in spite of it.
2. Wheel Dog. This happy-go-lucky guy lives in my neighborhood. He was born with a neurological disorder that left him unable to move his back legs. His person outfitted him with a wheel chair that allows him to use his front legs to pull his weight. He gets around just fine and has no problem managing the curbs or broken sidewalks. Those are little booties on his back paws so they don’t get scraped up on the pavement.
I don’t feel sorry for him because he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He’s not busy comparing himself to other dogs who use all four legs. He is a great source of energy. Every time I see him I say, “Go get ‘em, Little Dude.” He seems to understand what I mean.
3. Care and Feeding of Introverts. I’ve always considered myself an introvert when forced to choose between that and extrovert. Friends and co-workers would probably be surprised to learn that I’m not an extrovert because I don’t mind speaking up. I’ve taught in a classroom. I can be chatty and banter. But I’d choose introvert because I don’t enjoy large crowds or want to be the center of attention. Most people assume that introverts are awkward or not fun. Introvert has a bad connotation — someone who is socially inept or hates people. (Okay, sometimes I find people irritating, but let’s keep that between you and me.) I don’t think that accurately describes me.
Then I learned the term ambivert, which sounds like someone who is trying to walk after taking too many sleeping pills, but really means a person who falls between introvert and extrovert. I enjoy the neighborhood block party but the next day I’ll need to recharge by reading a book at the coffee shop. I’m okay with that. In fact, I like hanging out by myself at the coffee shop.
Which one are you? Take the Time Magazine quiz.
Are you an introvert, an extrovert or an ambivert?
4. Roof Deck. I was planning to include this pic taken from my roof deck in last week’s Around Town post, but didn’t have enough room. So here it is. A nice view on a beautiful day. The tall building under construction immediately to the left of the church spire is the new World Trade Center.
5. Time = Happiness. Occasionally, I repost some interesting tidbits I learn on Gretchen Rubin’s blog, The Happiness Project. She’s a wealth of cool solutions and facts that make me think about ways big and small to bring more joy into my life. I enjoyed her first book on happiness and this week, her new book, Happier at Home, was published. Looks like this one will be just as informative and thought-provoking. This quote from her section on “time” is the story of my life!
“I suffered from the persistent delusion that once I got through the next three or four months, things would slow down. ‘I’ll have more time during the holidays – or after the holidays — or once the summer’s here,’ I’d promised myself over and over. But things never slowed down. If I wanted a feeling of unhurriedness, I’d have to create it now.”
Here is an excerpt if you’d like to read a chapter. (Thought this would be embedded but it doesn’t seem to happen on all browsers. )
Have a great weekend everyone!