Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Victor Frankl

Came across this quote while reading an article on Stoicism and mindfulness practice. Two seemingly disparate practices that in fact dovetail nicely.

If you have the time to complain about a situation, you probably have the time to find a solution. It’s a simple, but not easy, shift in how you look at problems.

Take a deep breath. Decide if there is something you can do to make the situation better. If there is, do it. If there’s not, stop complaining, let it go and move on to an area where you can affect change.

In order to create, you have to remove.

Want to create a healthier lifestyle? Probably need to remove excess weight. Want to get smarter, improve your worldview? The first step is removing previous assumptions about how things work so you’re open to new ideas.

Or let’s get more global. We need to get better at communicating with each other in terms of our politics, person to person and nation to nation. In order to do that we need to remove the stereo types we all harbor.

In order to create a better version of myself, I need to remove things to make room.

After reading @JeffStrand ‘s My Pretties and watching season two of Mind Hunter I had had enough of serial killers. I needed a palate cleanser. Season six of The 100 worked nicely.

It wasn’t the strongest season of the show and the story lines are getting a little repetitive, but I’m committed to these characters at this point. Read somewhere that season seven will be the last one. Probably a good decision, though I’ll be sad to see them go.

Thanks to @JWOcker I have learned that the PEM museum in Salem is going to have a Nathaniel Hawthorne exhibition. Pretty excited for this one as I have long been a Hawthorne aficionado and every year I teach his short story, The Birthmark. The exhibit is titled The Creative Legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Selections from the Phillips Library Collection.

From the PEM’s website:

This is the first exhibition in a new gallery dedicated to showcasing works from the museum’s research library. Nathaniel Hawthorne is integral to Salem’s rich history, and PEM’s Phillips Library collection includes over 3,000 individual volumes by the author. The library’s recent acquisition of Mindy Belloff’s A Golden Thread, a contemporary reinterpretation of Hawthorne’s short story “The Minotaur,” considers the links between past and present, visual and verbal, and how artists have drawn on one another’s work throughout time. Focusing on the visual artistry of bookmaking and printing, from cover designs to typography, this exhibition highlights the full creativity present in books as art objects.