Welcome to the first edition of the Weekly Circle—where we start the week with a few ideas that make us think.
This week, we’re thinking about Change. Tolstoy put it well:
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.
Admittedly, talking about change is easier than actually changing, but reflecting on it is an important step towards growing more mindful.
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What is something that you’ve changed or wanted to change about yourself?
Without further ado, some talk about change:
A few things for you to click on:
You don’t change doing the same things you’ve always done.
🐦 Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon inspires the most important questions about change in about 6 tweets. (Read this one if you don’t have time for any essays :)
Considering the possibility of change is a mindset itself, which suggests that the first step to changing oneself is believing that it’s possible.
📖 Maria Popova explores our internal monologues on fixed and growth mindsets in Brainpickings
What happens when we change our relationship to new ideas—when we open up to possibility instead of jumping to critique?
📖 Tenzin Wangyal thinks about the difference between letting “Yes” guide you vs. what you feel you’re “supposed” to do in Tricycle.
What about when we spend more time alone, so we can be better when we’re with others?
📖 William Deresiewicz delivered this speech-turned-essay to the class at West Point in 2009, where he deconstructs what it means to think for yourself.
That's all for this week! I hope you have an amazing week ahead filled with positive changes.
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