Sunday Gifts

On this lovely Sunday morning, I give you two wondrous gifts.

The first is from Czeslaw Milosz’s New and Collected Poems (1931-2001).


Wherever I am, at whatever place on earth, I hide from people the conviction that I’m not from here.  It’s as if I’d been sent, to extract as many colors, tastes, sounds, smells, to experience everything that is a man’s share, to transpose what was felt into a magical register and carry it there, from whence I came.

The second is Neil Pasricha’s TED talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome.”  You’ll remember, some time back, that I highlighted his website 1000 Things of Awesome.  Since then, his book The Book of Awesome has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for many weeks, and this is his story—so fascinating.  [Thanks, Kelly!]

Stay posted for tomorrow morning’s brand-new podcast entitled, “Are you Average or Exceptional?”

[Post image: Liliana and me in front of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, January 2011]


  1. Allison
    Mar 27, 2011

    What a great video! Was just talking about authenticity and self awareness with friends over lunch today…I love his perspective on it. Also cool that he is a fellow Canadian!

    • Elissa
      Mar 28, 2011

      Yes, I LOVED the example about the Rosey Grier and his needlepoint! A perfect example of being authentic!

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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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