Maria Popova, Brain Pickings blogger, writes a beautiful post reflecting on her seven years or reading, writing and living and what she has learned about “making choices, of integrating ‘work’ and life in such inextricable fusion.” At the time of the inception of Brain Pickings, she “neither planned nor anticipated that this tiny experiment would one day be included in the Library of Congress digital archive of ‘materials of historical importance’ and the few friends would become millions of monthly readers all over the world.” The tag line for Brain Pickings is: Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve. Here are her seven learned bits of wisdom, directly quoted. Click here, to read the entire post in detail.

  • Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  • Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
  • Be generous.
  • Build pockets of stillness into your life.
  • When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  • Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  • “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” This is borrowed from the wise and wonderful Debbie Millman.