1. I’m a firm believer that the best way to start off the new year is with a detailed plan and a never-ending list of books to read.

    Here’s what I’m reading: 

    1. The Circle – Dave Eggers [aff]
    2. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri [aff]
    3. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell [aff]
    4. Letters from a Stoic – Seneca [aff]
    5. Mastery – Robert Greene [aff]
  2. Start 2014 with better resolutions. 

  3. Through generosity, we cultivate a generous spirit. Generosity of spirit will usually lead to generosity of action, but being a generous person is more important than any particular act of giving. After all, it is possible to give without its being a generous act.

    - Gil Fronsdal, “The Joy of Giving”

  4. The Role of the Teacher

    A teacher, out of compassion and love, seeing that somebody is suffering, gives a path. But each individual has to walk on the path. There is no magical miracle with the teacher. Totally out of the question. He only shows the path. That is the only role of the teacher, nothing else.

  5. “When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your job is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save some money…but thats a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. And the minute that you understand that you can poke life…you can change it and mold it, thats maybe the most important thing. To shake off this erroneous notion that life is there, and you’re just going to live it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it and make your mark upon it. I think thats very important and however you learn that–once you learn it–you’ll want to change life and make it better, because its kinda messed up in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
    -Steve Jobs

Written and Curated by David S. Finch