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Monday Motivations: “Make It Simple But Significant”

This is a quote from Mad Men season four episode six by the main character Don Draper. I thought this was an interesting given the shambles Don’s life had began to become. In all this “madness” he makes this statement after “winning” the Clio. If you are a fan of the show you know how ironic that statement was coming from Don, given what he had to do to get the award.

Aside from the drama surrounding those events, I thought this comment was significant to the Monday Motivations series. We live in a fast paced complex world with complicated problems. For some Life may be difficult, filled with peaks and valleys, good and bad times, triumphs and tragedies. Sometimes we are the problem, complicating things needlessly with self-defeating thoughts and talk that may never lead us to a place of true contentment and purpose. Other times we are the solution not only in helping ourselves but even others who may be struggling or need our help or encouragement.

I’m learning this lesson as I continue to transform into the best person that I can be. Truth is, when we make an effort to make or keep it simple: whether it’s our style and the way we dress, our life (wants vs needs) even our aspirations, a funny thing happens…we begin achieve focus, peace of mind, our thoughts are less cluttered and we get closer to the people and things that are truly significant.

“thєrє αrє nσ clαssєs ín lífє fσr вєgínnєrs: ríght αwαч чσu αrє αlwαчs αskєd tσ dєαl wíth whαt ís mσst díffícult.” ~ rαínєr rílkє

What are your thoughts on how to “Make it simple but significant?”

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Monday Motivations: The Power Of Intent, The Power Of Words

“What is the quality of your intent?

Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent.

My intent will be evident in the results.” – Thurgood Marshall

What are you creating for the greater good? In a world where words hurt of heal, sometimes it’s good to pause and reflect on how our speech and actions resonate. Lately there has been a lot of nasty rhetoric directed towards women in the media. Political and social issues aside, It’s our HUMAN responsibility to watch what we say to each other. That rapier wit you may posses can cut long and deep into a persons psyche, causing irreparable damage to someone’s self-esteem. True, “We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates.” But snark and cynicism, while initially seen as intelligent social banter can carry a high cost. When we use words that berate and bully others, those words may actually cost someone their life socially or even literally. So men, women, take the time to measure your words, even when things get heated. If you do you’ll find that you’ll spend less time apologizing and more time enjoying the differences that keep us attracted to one another.

Think Deeply, Speak Quietly, Dress Internally.

The Style Gent

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Transformations: Love in Action vs Love in Dreams

“Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will even give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labour and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Transformations: Fear vs Love

“I believe that you are sincere and good at heart. If you do not attain happiness, always remember that you are on the right road, and try not to leave it. Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Avoid being scornful, both to others and to yourself. What seems to you bad within you will grow purer from the very fact of your observing it in yourself. Avoid fear, too, though fear is only the consequence of every sort of falsehood. Never be frightened at your own faint-heartedness in attaining love.”Fyodor Dostoevsky

 The Brothers Karamozov Book II Chapter 4: An Unfortunate Gathering

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