Christmas week cozies!! Does it get any better? I’ve survived having everyone home all week and have had a lot of fun with them. I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday week and have been indulging in a few things that make you happy!
This week my cozies are all things that I found inspiring to listen to and watch. I hope you find something on this list to help you enjoy the last few days of 2019!
I re-listened to Maria Popova’s On Being interview while doing holiday prep in the kitchen this week. I listen to this interview about twice a year because I find it that inspiring. Every time I hear it, something different bubbles to the surface. This time it was this:
I think that’s very much true of knowledge itself. The reason we’re so increasingly intolerant of long articles and why we skim them, why we skip forward even in a short video that reduces a 300-page book into a three-minute animation — even in that we skip forward — is that we’ve been infected with this kind of pathological impatience that makes us want to have the knowledge but not do the work of claiming it.
The true material of knowledge is meaning. The meaningful is the opposite of the trivial, and the only thing that we should have gleaned by skimming and skipping forward is really trivia. The only way to glean knowledge is contemplation, and the road to that is time. There’s nothing else. It’s just time. There is no shortcut for the conquest of meaning. And ultimately, it is meaning that we seek to give to our lives.
I heard a snippet of Dan Gilbert’s TED talk called The Psychology of Your Future Self. This is a great one to listen to as we’re thinking of our goals and what we think is possible. Here’s my takeaway:
Why does this happen? We’re not entirely sure, but it probably has to do with the ease of remembering versus the difficulty of imagining. Most of us can remember who we were 10 years ago, but we find it hard to imagine who we’re going to be, and then we mistakenly think that because it’s hard to imagine, it’s not likely to happen. Sorry, when people say “I can’t imagine that,” they’re usually talking about their own lack of imagination, and not about the unlikelihood of the event that they’re describing.
The bottom line is, time is a powerful force. It transforms our preferences. It reshapes our values. It alters our personalities. We seem to appreciate this fact, but only in retrospect. Only when we look backwards do we realize how much change happens in a decade. It’s as if, for most of us, the present is a magic time. It’s a watershed on the timeline. It’s the moment at which we finally become ourselves. Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our life is change.
Don’t be afraid to think big in the long term and to find little ways to get there! Change is possible, it just takes time.
I first watched Sister Act in the third grade and became obsessed in every possible way. I still know all of the songs and dances and I think this is where my fascination with nuns began. I watched it for the first time in probably 20 years while I was wrapping presents last weekend. It was just as wonderful as I remember. Totally worth revisiting!
I’ve started watching the third season of Victoria on the PBS app. It’s such a lovely show – the sets and costumes are beautiful and I love learning about the Victorian era. There’s nothing better than turning this on and curling up with a cup of tea and a pile of knitting.
I watched this (again) on Christmas night. I was exhausted, the house was a disaster, and I just wanted to lay on the couch with something unbelievably cozy. This was exactly what I needed. The setting is breathtaking and the actors are perfect. I love everything about this movie – slightly post WWII, fields of flowers, the coziest and cutest cottages, typewriters, books, notebooks, fountain pens, handknit sweaters to DIE for… must I continue? It’s on Netflix and is a must watch.
That’s it from me! I’m hoping to spend next week clearing away some piles that have accumulated with the goal of getting 2020 off to a tidy to start. How about you?