Happy new year! Here are the themes and quotes I selected for this year's MBR Calendar (available only until 1/8, click here to pre-order). I added a few more personal thoughts to the end of this post. Enjoy!
Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.
- Bruce Lee
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
- Nelson Mandela
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
- Michael Jordan
Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
- Charles Dickens
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
There is beauty and humility in imperfection.
- Guillermo del Toro
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
- James Baldwin
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu
Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.
- Chinese proverb
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
- Helen Keller
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson
A great man is one who has not lost the child’s heart.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir
That last image is for January 2020. I know I'll be turning to it before I know it.
I'm happy to have another one of these wrapped up. I'm touched to see how many of you continue to get one year after year. I'm glad it resonates with you because it is such a personal project for me.
I surprised myself to find that after four years of picking themes, it took me this long to come around to finding a connection to basic ones like Love, Patience, and Confidence. But that really is how it unfolded.
These themes reflect my personal reflections from 2018 and resolutions for 2019. Last year I learned a lot about patience and love, ego and humility. This year is already set to be a whirlwind, and I am focused on moving through it with ease and playfulness.