The Friday Recliner ~ April 29th


The Friday Recliner

Hey fam, how are you ?

With a three day working week this week the muddle up over what day it is continues so I’m a day out of kilter but glad to be here with you anyway.

Any plans for the weekend ? Remember having nothing planned is a perfectly good plan too.

I hope these few words and reads as always will be fresh air and kind company as you lean into the weekend – – –

A Good Word

Leeana Tankersley

A Good Look

Maybe it’s this

Find other ideas and gorgeousness here at Inspirational Illustrations 

A Good Idea

from Kimberly Coyle

How to take a late afternoon walk

Wildly underdress because your optimism under blue skies knows no bounds.

Remember the sunglasses, forget the headphones.

Regret leaving the headphones when you see neighbors small-talking in the front yard.

Remind yourself that two years of a pandemonium inoculated you against your fear of small talk.

Pause to chat in spite of yourself.

Pause to admire the plump buds on the magnolia tree at the top of the street.

Pause to pick up a feather. Remember your mom’s belief that all feathers carry disease. Admire it and put it in your pocket anyway.

Pause to gaze at the moon.

Pause for birdsong.

Pause.

Gather yourself to yourself.

Turn at the corner and walk back counting feathers.

A Few Good Reads

from The Cut (Language warning)

Epiphany in the Baby-Food Aisle

On a trip to the grocery store one day, I had a realization about me, my son, and the meaning of life.

I’m driving the three-minute scoot to the supermarket to pick up a few boxes of very safe, instantly dissolving toddler cookies called something like Nom-Noms, which is really what all cookies should be called (and, while we’re at it, all food). My 2-and-a-half-year-old son, Asher, loves Nom-Noms, and we were about to run out, so this trip needs to happen before the shit hits the fan.

While in the car, I’m listening to the writer Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah’s Super Soulpodcast. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, the 2006 best seller about her soul-awakening travels to India, Italy, and Bali; it’s a book I love and have read an embarrassing number of times.

Nom-Noms are these magical little biscuits that are probably about 99 percent air. The rest is a mysterious blend of, I think, sweet-potato juice and Styrofoam. Every cookie is reliably about five inches long and shaped like a mini-surfboard with very minor irregularities around the edge. (I’m sure they could be baked to be perfectly smooth, but I think they’re going for some kind of wabi-sabi “hand-hewn” aesthetic, which I appreciate in theory, but it also feels like an unnecessary effort given the audience?)

My perspective on letting go of things…

As I’ve been selling a lot of pieces from my home, the question that has come up most often is, “How can you let go of these beautiful things?”  The short answer is, “It’s all a matter of perspective.”  But, that’s sort of a non-answer answer, so let me give you the long answer.

There was a time when I would’ve asked the same question if someone was selling a bunch of beautiful antique pieces that are likely one-of-a-kind.  I came from the perspective that those one-of-a-kind pieces were irreplaceable, so I could never let them go.  That perspective led me to the feeling that I had to keep everything.  Everything was precious and needed to be saved and preserved, especially things from family

From Jason Kottke

Kevin Kelly: 103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known

On the occasion of his 70th birthday (happy birthday!), Kevin Kelly shares 103 bits of wisdom he wished he had known when he was younger. Here are a few of my favorites:

Cultivate 12 people who love you, because they are worth more than 12 million people who like you.

Anything you say before the word “but” does not count.

When you forgive others, they may not notice, but you will heal. Forgiveness is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves.

That’s all for now friends. Have a beautiful weekend. Rest up. Do something you love xx

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