This week's positive resources, articles, fiction, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself!
Mandy and Jonathan Chew here!
Happy Memorial Day from us in the states! Just a short quote to inspire us as we live and move about our lives today:
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." ~Joseph Campbell
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).
“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” ~Desmond Tutu
“Life is about making yourself proud on your own terms. It’s about finding a happiness that works for you.” ~Bianca Sparacino
"Look for what is good and you will certainly find it." ~Anne Perry
“Surround yourself with people who are filled with light and they will help you shine.” ~unknown
“Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.” ~Erica Jong
"Meditation is like a human’s way of clearing browser cache." ~Loredon
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." ~Milton Berle
“Tough times never last, tough people do.” ~Robert H. Schuller
“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” -Drake
“I’d always end up broken down on the highway. When I stood there trying to flag someone down, nobody stopped. But when I pushed my own car, other drivers would get out and push with me. If you want help, help yourself – people like to see that.” ~Chris Rock
This Week's Positive Videos—
This is a cute new animated series called Principles for Success where Ray Dalio dives deeper into his book Principles, exploring how to make the journey of life go well. This video is the first of 8 episodes:
"Unique self-care and relaxation rituals from around the world. From casual coffee breaks to yoga classes meant to make you double over with laughter, these are the brilliant activities and clever, subtle behaviors that have people living a little bit easier, day by day."
"As Wayne Fields said in his nursery rhyme, 'the best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it, are sunshine, water, rest, and air, exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend, if only you are willing, your mind they’ll ease, your will they’ll mend, and charge you not a shilling.'"
We're not going to lie, we are kind of addicted to listening to this. The podcast is "the English class you didn't know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn't know you craved." Every week they analyze a different chapter of the Harry Potter series, treating it not just as a book but as an instructive inspirational text.
Their tagline is "reading fiction doesn't help us escape the world, it helps us live in it" and we couldn't agree more!
Sci-Fi / Future—
Watch Guillermo Del Toro Talk Monsters and Science Fiction:
A Thought We've Been Pondering—
A study was conducted by Martin Seligman that highlights the concept of learned helplessness:
"Dogs were put into cages where, they received an electric shock on one side, but when they moved to the other side they received another electric shock. This showed that when the dogs were receiving inescapable shocks they eventually just gave up in attempts to avoid the punishment and accepted their fate. Later when given the opportunity to escape, the dogs just sat there and took the shock. The control group of dogs that had not been subjected to the punishment were quick to escape."
But like Tony Robbins says, "no problem is ever permanent," we just teach ourselves, we condition ourselves, we learn to not take action because of the pain it's brought us...
Oftentimes the shock is really just an illusion of the past...
"Massive, consistent action with pure persistence and a sense of flexibility in pursuing your goals will ultimately give you what you want, but you must abandon any sense that there is no solution. You must focus immediately on the actions you can take today, even if they are small ones." ~Tony Robbins
I'm revisiting this book since I recently stumbled across an article that I felt summarized the lessons of it quite well. The article brings up a good point that even though this book was published in 1936 the lessons are still relevant today!
I think my favorite takeaway from the whole book is, “It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
WOW! When it boils down to it, it's really our thoughts that shape the world and situations around us.
I finished it!!! (Though I ended up using an audiobook on Audible narrated by a great British man, Hugh Fraser) I know understand why this book is so famous! There's definitely a twist ending to this story that was likely very new for it's time! I can't believe I didn't see it coming! This book was probably the originator of this type of twist ending and it was neat to see how this has inspired many more mystery novels like it in the years that followed. I love mysteries and I love Agatha Christie, so it was great to go on one more unread adventure with her favorite detective, Hercule Poirot. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
That’s it for now!
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Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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