In Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Harold Bloom argues that Shakespeare did more than just shape the structure and content of the English language—he created human nature as we understand it today. As James Shapiro explains, “Shakespeare remains so popular and his most memorable characters feel so real because through them Shakespeare invented something that hadn’t existed before. Bloom defines this as ‘personality,’ inwardness, what it means to be human.
Mindfulness can be defined as giving complete attention to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment in the immediate present while maintaining a non-judgmental focus. The process of becoming more mindful doesn’t have to be complicated. Paying attention to your breathing, noticing the sights, sounds, and smells around you, and focusing on tactile sensations can help you realize that thoughts and emotions are evanescent. They don’t define you. Following
In Book 19 of The Odyssey, Penelope recounts to a disguised Odysseus her dream of a great eagle swooping out of the sky and killing twenty geese she tends to, which leaves her brokenhearted. The eagle tells her to be happy since he symbolizes the husband who will wreak vengeance on her suitors. Whether Homer intended this dream to demonstrate the power of prophecy, a complex psychological statement regarding Penelope’s
Oscar Wilde once wrote in a letter, “People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it’s impossible to count them accurately.” In keeping with this sentiment, here are ten reasons to avoid taking yourself too seriously. Those who take themselves too seriously tend to be unwilling to accept what they have. They dwell on disappointments and fears, thereby wasting
“Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!” Mr. Micawber, David Copperfield Charles Dickens often generated 90 pages of quality text a month, and he published novels like Great Expectations chapter by chapter in weekly periodicals. No doubt, Dickens was a rare breed, but he set a standard that every serious writer should consider. There’s no point in being a writer if no one reads your work. Even Dickinson and Kafka
To pay it forward means that instead of paying someone back for a good deed, you do a good deed for someone else. Paying it forward takes on all sorts of shapes. You can relinquish your first-place position in a long line at the 7-Eleven when someone behind you is in a hurry. Maybe you’ll buy a nice bottle of wine for a couple across the way in the restaurant