Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #11

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. The idea of building a small cabin in the woods has always fascinated me. This lovely micro cabin is exactly what I had in mind. Now I just need to work out the little details like land, money, time, and getting the wife to board the idea.
  2. Teaching hip-hop dancing in the large slum in Mumbai
  3. Lego versions of a few the greatest pieces of art 
  4. "In the end, you and I can’t judge ourselves as artists or as human beings, even if it’s only in our own imaginations, by competing with others. The only measure is our own. Only we know our demons. Only we know the stakes we’re playing for, or the depths of the ordeals we’ve endured. We know these, and nobody else can or has to. I’ve never read a rave review or experienced praise or acknowledgment, even in private personal letters that are heartfelt and moving in the extreme, and had it really touch the part of me that is deepest. Why? Because nobody knows. Nobody knows where we’ve been, you and I.
    The gratification comes, for me, entirely in private. No dollar signs are attached to it. And it doesn’t show."  - Steven Pressfield on "My Overnight Success
  5. Maria Popova of Brain Pickings's "The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall" . 

  6. “Principles are good and worth the effort only when they develop into deeds… The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” - Van Gogh 
  7. "Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualizing and self-image actualizing is very important. Most people only live for their image.
    Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are so busy projecting themselves as this or that. This again is the curse of the ideal. The curse is that you should not be what you are. Every external control, even internalized external control—”you should”—interferes with the healthy working of the organism. There is only one thing that should control the situation. If you understand the situation that you are in, and let the situation that you are in control your actions, then you learn how to cope with life." - Bruce Lee