1. Journalling treasures
From the pages of my Good Earth diary (which I’d written about here) where, amidst the blank pages, are gorgeous artwork such as the one above.
2. Chinese whispers
From the bellies of fortune cookies come lessons in Chinese:
3. A friend in need
Decades ago when I was going through a severe depressive spell my best friend, sitting in New York, made a book for me and sent it across an ocean to cheer me up. She combined her own thoughts of comfort with her favourite words from Sufi poets, and packaged them in her inimitable style in a gorgeous spiral book using handmade paper (she is a writer, designer and illustrator). Having switched to an e-reader nearly a decade ago and giving away all my books since then, this remains the only physical book I own and one I treasure and keep with me always.
In our world of instant gratification and quick takes, it’s comforting that while so many flood social media with endless selfies and snaps of their breakfast, a few have taken to using the platform for their poetry. One – known as “Instagram poet” Atticus – penned the following, which I’ve decided is exactly right:
“I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love, and a little drunk.”
5. Great minds
From the book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, created by the uniquely morbid mind of writer-illustrator Edward Gorey, is a line that my sister and I continue to enjoy as our favourite of all time:
6. Ecclesiastical wisdom
A sign outside a church in my neighbourhood:
While readers will know that I love quotes so much that I usually start and end my blog posts with them, I do want to add that I think it’s important that we don’t spend our lives articulating what’s in our minds and hearts only through others’ words.
Moreover, I believe it’s vital to have new thoughts as frequently as possible. Just as we tend to eat the same foods, wear the same kind of clothes, see the same people, read the same newspapers, watch the same sort of TV shows and films, frequent the same places – our thoughts too often become familiar and circular, and face the risk of becoming stale.
By pushing the boundaries of our own minds, trying on new ideas (even if just for size) and imagining the previously unthinkable, we expand our view of the world.
Change your life – dare to have a new thought today.