Highlights from Medium

Reading on Medium helped me make some sense of this year. Here are some words I highlighted along the way.

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“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.” — 2 Corinthians 4:8

Rumor has it 2016 was actually ten miniature years standing on top of each other’s shoulders and wearing a trench coat.

It’s difficult to understand where it’s all leading. Maybe we’re not meant to understand.

I often don’t know what I want or where I want to be, but every now and then there’s a break in the confusion.

I like the romance, at least sometimes, of being lost.

My dream is for people to find beauty in everything, everyone and everywhere.

Walking is free. I am almost surprised that something so enjoyable does not cost any money.

An important part of reading is to feel more connected and less alone.

Words of encouragement, especially from those that give out the words sparingly and whose opinions we think highly of, can be one of the most powerful forces on this earth.

The biggest thing I have learned lately is that being involved and gathering experience is the best way to find out what kind of profession fits you.

Don’t overthink it. Just DO something that’s useful. Anything.

Each person I meet has a story — if only I open up my ears and listen.

Take breaks, meditate, think about other things.

Nothing beats a nice long nap.

[One minute of silence]

The smartest (and happiest) people I know are habitual simplifiers. It’s not a hobby. They do it because it works.

I’m still angry I didn’t pull my head out of the sand sooner.

You’ll look back at what you created a year ago and you’ll be amazed by how much you’ve grown.

The biggest thing I’ve learned from talking about my anxiety and talking with my friends is that we all are facing different battles. I’ve also learned that it’s important to talk.

We learn what we do, not what we’re told.

I came to the stunning realization that education is so much more about questions than it is about answers.

Like Peter Drucker said decades ago, “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

Sometimes the internet is fire. Sometimes the internet is a trash fire.

We’ve learned that bullshit is highly engaging.

We are a culture of distractions.

If anything in this world is true, it’s that the internet can’t let anything good stay for long.

Paying attention can mean so many things, but for me it is taking my nose out of my phone and watching the world around me. It also has made me embrace moments, and realize that while I am in one right now, it will soon be gone (Carpe that Diem).

It’s prob time to get off Twitter.

We should all enter every issue with the very real possibility that we might be wrong this time.

We want more people to realize that you can disagree with somebody and not hate them.

I am convinced that, for our politics and for our nation, salvation begins with the local.

Fortunately, there’s a resistance forming. People with grit, who aren’t afraid to begin a sentence with “Did you know…” I saw them in my chess club. And I see them in my city, hiding at the art museum, crouching at used book stores, exchanging sideways glances at the public libraries and coffee houses, and sneaking around at our schools, community colleges, and universities.

Go outside.

Start a week early, you will be happy you did later!

It may seem easy to try and fit a person into a specific stereotype, in the end, people are too complex for that.

Stranger danger is a myth.

You can have some of the most fun with strangers just because of music.

A compliment is the best cold email to send.

The short version is simply: Don’t be a douchebag.

It’s important to sit with your thoughts every now and then.

We humans are designed for parables, proverbs, simplicity. An answer is not really an answer if it is too complex to be remembered.

I hope to have many more experiences in the future that pull me away from the set path because it helped me grow so much as a person.

Who you sit by matters.

We had a lot of advice, and some top-notch role models, but mostly, we were navigating with no map, or a map held upside down in the dark so as not to wake the baby.

One interaction could turn into a lifelong friendship. That is how all relationships start, after all.

I’ve heard other people complain about sirens and emergency vehicles and interpret them as a sign of the problems of our city. But seeing emergency vehicles reassures me that if you are in danger, our government has the resources and organization to come and help you. Many places don’t have that.

Be kind to one another and see where it leads (I promise it’ll be somewhere good).

This is going to be fun.

Never underestimate your power as a writer.

When we realize that our success is because someone believed in us, we begin to see the power we have in believing in others.

I am convinced that when we live a life that is grounded in love, we will find life to be more meaningful.

You don’t have to plug my show anymore — it’s gone.

I found these old decaying flowers and realized how beautiful death can be. We often look at death as a negative thing and avoid it at all costs, but this is a reminder that beauty can be found nature, even in death.

What I’m asking for is hard. It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future.

This is just the beginning.

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Educator. Podcast addict. Wrote a book about creativity: http://bit.ly/thecreativejourney

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