1. Give a Book, Take a Book. A few months ago, I wrote about the Little Free Library (see #4), a neighborhood book exchange program. Members erect these cute bird house-like structures in front of their homes or businesses to encourage people to drop off old books or pick up a new read. This week I saw the first library box in my neighborhood. This one is dedicated to children’s books.
Learn more about the Little Free Library.
2. Are you busy? I recently forgot my good friend’s son’s birthday. (He’s 3.) What’s even worse is that it took me almost three weeks to realize it. I sent my friend an apologetic note saying that I’d been “crazy busy” lately. I didn’t think much about my choice of words, I mean, most people say that, right? Then I read this Op Ed piece in the New York Times. Tim Kreider says busy is “a boast disguised as a complaint. I could see why people enjoy this complaint; it makes you feel important, sought-after and put-upon.”
You know what? He’s right. Because when you get right down to it, I’m as busy as I allow myself to be. Of course there are obligations like work and the dreaded laundry, but I’m the one who overcommits to projects. I’m the one over-schedules myself. Then Leo over at Zen Habits had this interesting post about feeling unproductive. Instead of filling every moment with tasks so you don’t feel you’re wasting time, he says, “It’s not a matter of “killing” time, but of enjoying it.” Leaving some space in my life is a good thing. It’s a way for more joy to enter. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” Lennon said.
Are you crazy busy? Do you find that you over schedule yourself?
3. The Future Is Ours. Here are some great reasons to be hopeful for what lies ahead. Take a moment to watch this short video. Powerful!
4. A contest for the dogs. My friend Lenore over at Lenore’s Thoughts Exactly is hosting a contest this week to find the best pooch pictures. To win, all you have to do is submit your favorite dog photo to her before July 14 at midnight. Don’t have a dog? No worries. Send her a photo of your neighbor’s dog or even a dog at your local shelter who is looking for his forever home.
She’ll post the top five photos and then let readers vote for their favorite. If your pup gets the most votes Lenore will make a donation to your favorite animal charity. (There’s also a rumor about a gift certificate for ice cream, but given Lenore’s
obsession love of ice cream, I’m not sure this would make it all the way to you.) Go to her page for more details and to see some pics of the competition!
5. Do two half-truths make a whole truth? Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project (BTW a great book and blog) recently gave a TEDx talk discussing five half-truths of happiness.
- Hell is other people.
- Happiness is all in your head.
- A messy kitchen is too insignificant to matter to my happiness.
- Happiness should make you feel happy.
- One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
She says that these maxims are true, but only half true. What do you think?
Have a great weekend, everyone!