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“A Great Humility Fused with a Great Ambition: To Be Only What I Was, But To the Utmost of What I Was.”

“At these best moments a great humility fused with a great ambition: to be only what I was, but to the utmost of what I was.”
–- Stephen Spender

I remind myself to Be Gretchen.

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“Happiness Is in the Taste, and Not in the Things Themselves…”

“Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like.”
–La Rochefoucauld

This is a more poetic phrasing of a Secret of Adulthood: What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you — and vice versa.

* A thoughtful reader in Denver sent me this great piece by Emily Brendler Shoff, My own personal happiness project. Wonderful.

* If you haven’t seen the TV ad (yes, TV ad!) for The Happiness Project, check it out here!

“Something Inexpressibly Pleasing, in the Annual Renovation of the World.”

“There is, indeed, something inexpressibly pleasing, in the annual renovation of the world, and the new display of the treasures of nature.”
— Samuel Johnson

* One of the monthly themes for my happiness project is friendship, and many of my resolutions are aimed at building new friendships or strengthening existing ones — so I got a kick out of checking out the blog MWF Seeking BFF.

* Join the discussion on the Facebook Page. Lots of interesting exchanges there.