Intentional Living & Inspiration

Finding Your Authentic Self (After a Long School Year)
I Wish You Bad Luck – John Roberts’ Commencement Speech

50 Questions Every Student Should Be Able to Answer Before They Graduate High School

Unravelling 2016

Finding a Word for the Year:

Making the Leap – “Leap and the net will appear.” -John Burroughs

How To Live Wisely (Harvard Freshman course questions)

8 Ways You Can Survive  and Thrive – In Midlife

Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World from the Daily Good

Heavy Things from the Daily Good

Three Questions by Tolstoy

Scientists tested 3 ways to psych yourself up. One was the clear winner. from Upworthy

Judge Less, Observe More

You were made for this

A 27-Year Study Says 1 Thing Is Key to Happiness and Longevity in Work and Play

Facing a Big Life Decision? Stop Obsessing and Consider This First

This is Water – David Foster Wallace

The Awesome Anthem by Sekou Andrews

Dr. Maya Angelou’s 3-word Secret to Living Your Best Life

Dr. Maya Angelou – Just Do Right

Girl’s First Ski Jump

Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits

The Power of Not Giving a F***, Sarah Knight (lots of swearing, but an otherwise great talk!)

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator – Tim Urban

Do you like me? Do I? Leah Pearlman

Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

What Reality Are You Creating For Yourself? Isaac Lidsky

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

Choosing Your World – Benjamin Zander

Inspirational, Pianist, Holocaust Survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer – 109 years old

We’re the Superhumans: Rio 2016 Paralympics

Al Pacino – Any Given Sunday – Inch by Inch

Mattie Stepanek: Oprah


David Brooks on Character in the Selfie Age

Heal the World – Child Prodigies, Michael Jackson cover

Jessica’s “Daily Affirmation”

Pentatonix, Imagine

Why Not Now: Vivian Stancil from Riley Hooper on Vimeo.



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Rising Five 
I’m rising five” he said
“Not four” and the little coils of hair
Un-clicked themselves upon his head.
His spectacles, brimful of eyes to stare
At me and the meadow, reflected cones of light
Above his toffee-buckled cheeks. He’d been alive
Fifty-six months or perhaps a week more;
_____________Not four
But rising five.
Around him in the field, the cells of spring
Bubbled and doubled; buds unbuttoned; shoot
And stem shook out the creases from their frills,
And every tree was swilled with green.
It was the season after blossoming,
Before the forming of the fruit:
_____Not May
But rising June._____
And in the sky
The dust dissected the tangential light:
_____Not day
But rising night;
_____Not now
But rising soon.
The new buds push the old leaves from the bough.
We drop our youth behind us like a boy
Throwing away his toffee-wrappers. We never see the flower,
But only the fruit in the flower; never the fruit,
But only the rot in the fruit. We look for the marriage bed
In the baby’s cradle; we look for the grave in the bed;
_____Not living
But rising dead.
Norman Nicholson (from Complete Verse, Jonathan Cape, 1999)