This week's positive resources, articles, fiction, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself!
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here!
Happy Mother's Day!! We wish a very happy day to anyone who has mothered a child or helped raise/influence a child!
As Robert Heinlein once said, “Being a mother is an attitude.” May you celebrate that life-giving attitude of that love that you have selflessly given to make the world a better place today!!
As always, thanks for reading! We're so excited to share with you as many positive resources as possible! We know it can be a lot to digest sometimes, so we definitely recommend starting with skimming the newsletter first and then reading/watching more of what resonates with you after :)
P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this week’s edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, The Positopian, where every few weeks, we share positive fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself!
Quotes We're Pondering This Week—
(We like to find a lot of these, so we recommend for you to pick your favorite single quote here that you read and try and focus on it throughout the week).
“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much." ~Bessie Anderson Stanley
"There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier." ~Benjamin Franklin
"When you feel like stopping think about why you started." ~unknown
“Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you.” ~Robert Greene
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, Mother, what was war?” ~Eve Merriam
“A mind is like a parachute - it doesn’t work unless it’s open” ~Frank Zappa
"Some medals are pinned to your soul, not to your jacket." ~Gino Bartali
“True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” ~Tony Robbins
"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." ~George Addair
“Sore today, strong tomorrow.” ~unknown
"But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” ~Mitch Albom
For anyone who’s thought about looking in to the free courses online offered by a variety of prestigious universities like Berkeley and Yale, this article is a great read with lots of good takeaways and summaries of what you should expect!
"The main objective of meditation is not stillness of the body, nor is it stillness of the mind, he explains to Elite Daily. 'Its primary aim is to extend our awareness so that our actions can be harmonious'"
"The terms “self-care” and “workday” seem to be at odds, but there are actually a number of things you can do at the office to contribute to an overall happier, healthier life. Here, seven simple practices to try out during your nine-to-five."
As huge Reading Rainbow and Star Trek fans, we were so excited to find out about this podcast. Each episode, LeVar Burton selects a short piece of fiction to read to you, and he loves each and every one of them.
Researchers who gave an amputee his sense of touch again (and more innovators who using technology to make the world a better place!)
A Thought We've Been Pondering—
This poem is well worth the read. It captures how you can never really repay the gift of life and love given to you by your Mother...
"The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly-
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that's what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-clothes on my forehead,
and then led me out into the air light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift - not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-toned lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even."
It was my turn to read this book. Especially since my husband intrigued me so much by calling it "Like Harry Potter but in America and at Summer Camp"
It's definitely a page turner, but there's still an irreplaceable spot forever in my heart that belongs to J.K. Rowling and Harry...
It was still a fun youthful read and got me more interested in Greek mythology.
I've always heard this book was good but never got around to reading it. Since I'll be taking a writing class this summer about Suspense, I looked up some of the most famous Agatha Christie Mystery Books and found that this Hercule Poirot Novel was one of her most famous (besides Murder on the Orient Express, plus And Then There Were None!) But this one apparently has one of the biggest, most debated controversial twists at the end, so I decided to go with this one. I'm trying to read more fiction at night since my brain can't take any more non-fiction input by then. I've really enjoyed this book so far! I haven't gotten to the end yet, so NO SPOILERS!! I'll let you know how it goes!
That’s it for now!
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Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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