I'm a brooder. Ruminating on one's problems can be good, if one is actually trying to understand the situation and is seeking solutions. But brooding, that's just ruminating without the potential for change. Brooding is simply going around and around on the same old thoughts.

Nobody else needs to endure my negative thoughts.

~ Nate Dickson from,

It's not enough to simply shut up. One also has to change one's thinking.


One day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn't easy: It requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.

~ Russell Brand

Slow down

Lately, I've been going too fast. Which is odd, because I don't generally walk fast, or drive fast… and sure, I can talk fast, but not always. But my thoughts go too fast. I go from one thing to the next too quickly. There's simply too much of: I do this, then I do that, then I can go do that other thing, and then this next thing, and then…

Short answer: Interdependence.

~ Cierra Martin from,

Another thing we can learn from a village postman is to do one thing, and do it well. That village postman didn't also run the general store and the post office itself and the grocery and the church and …


There are two roads to my destination: Addition or subtraction. If I imagine something I want to achieve, my habit and instinct is to imagine what I'm going to do to get there. That's the additive approach. But sometimes it would be easier—in fact, sometimes it is only possible—to get there by removing impediments.

I love that question to ask yourself when you’re troubleshooting failed attempts at personal change: Why am I not doing this thing already?

~ Brett McKay from,

It's quite startling, but that question works. Always. (And that question is closely related to: It is not a priority.)


Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.

~ Japanese proverb


There is a phrase I like to trot out: "Any day at the crag." And you need two details for this to make sense: First, that a crag is any outdoors place where one goes to climb rocks. Second, the part left unsaid is that any day at the crag is better than any other day. Thus, any day at the crag. Yes, despite the litany of things that normal people would list as negatives at the crag.

To be clear, by “appreciate” I don’t mean “enjoy” exactly, although you might also enjoy the experience. I mean “recognizing the unique or worthy qualities” of the experience itself: the texture of it, the aesthetics of it, the heft of it, the heat of it, the poetry of it, the poignancy of it — whatever strikes your sensibilities when you pay attention to what’s happening.

~ David Cain from,

And yet, despite that litany, the density of "if this isn't nice, I don't know what is" moments is much higher, any day at the crag. Dappled sunlight. A cool breeze in the shade. A view. Friends. Food tastes better. Sleep is less troubled. You don't have to climb (or go to a crag), but you do have to find your something.