by Dani Di Pirro
This article is part of the 2015 Word of the Month series, based on the monthly theme featured in the Every Day Matters 2015 Diary that Dani designed for Watkins Publishing. In the planner, each month has a theme highlighted in the weekly illustrations, quotes, and activities. This month’s theme is NURTURE. This article was originally published on www.positivelypresent.com.
Every Day Matters 2016 Diary is going to be published on August 20, 2015 by Watkins.
In our lives, there are so many things we can nurture — our bodies, our relationships, our minds. This month I plan to focus a lot on nurturing my mind, reconnecting to some of my core beliefs, and sparking interest and curiosity for new ways of seeing the world.
For me, as a writer, one of the best ways to nurture my mind is to read and read and read. Through the words of others, I’m inspired and enlightened. When I absorb new ideas in the form of stories and poems and quotes, I expand my mind and think about the world from a fresh perspective.
I encourage you to nurture your mind too this month. Pick up a new book, research an unfamiliar topic, or scour the internet for words of wisdom or novel insights. To get you (and me!) started on this mind-nurturing quest, I’ve rounded up some of the words that, over the years, have changed the way I see things or inspired in me to think in a new way. I hope these words will help you nurture your mind too…
“You cannot be a prisoner of the past against your will. Because you can only live in the past inside your mind.”Augusten Burroughs, This Is How
“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”Angela Carter, author of Burning Your Boats
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” Mary Engelbreit, Words to Live By
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”Thich Nhat Hahn, No Mud, No Lotus
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Rumi, The Essential Rumi
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
“I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.” Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Lying is done with words and also with silence.”Adrienne Rich, On Secrets, Lies, and Silence
“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”Roald Dahl, The Minpins
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“Forever is composed of nows.” Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt, This Is My Story
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” Stephen, Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
About the Author: Dani DiPirro is founder of PositivelyPresent.com, designed to help others live positively – it now attracts more than 90,000 pageviews per month. Her work has been featured on sites such as The Happiness Project, Psychology Today and Forbes.
Every Day Matters 2016 Diary
Available on August 20, 2015