“Leah Dieterich’s mother always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. To everything. thxthxthx is her daily exercise in gratitude.”
Reading Dieterich’s daily notes provides me with instant gratitude towards the small facets of my life. That coworker that is printing 200 pages when I only need to print two? Thank you for reminding me that my time isn’t more important than everyone else’s. I’ll go work on something else in the meantime.
I’m not very original with this one, but it’s still one of my favorites. For those of you that aren’t familiar, PostSecret was started by Frank Warren in 2005 as an experiment with Blogger. Today, people from all over the world send their secrets to Warren’s home in Germantown, MD. Each Sunday a selection of the post cards are posted on his blog, while others are saved for published compilations. The secrets are a total mixed bag, ranging from criminal confessions, sexual impropriety, and embarrassing quirks to hopes and dreams.
He only posts on Sundays, providing something to look forward to at work on Monday morning. The only drawback is that Warren doesn’t give access to the archives, so you can only see one week’s worth of secrets (thank God for Google Reader with an RSS feed!). Don’t worry though, if one week doesn’t quite fill you up, many people out there have taken it upon themselves to create PostSecret archives that are easily accessed through a quick Google search. Warren currently travels around the country speaking to different colleges and universities. Anyone else in favor of a visit to CMC?
This blog is less philosophic and more pragmatic, each post serving more as a guide to bettering certain aspects of your life. Some posts that I have enjoyed are:
Last, but certainly not least, I share with you This I Believe. I don’t think this can technically be considered a blog, but it falls into the “Humanity and Introspection” category, and can steal your time just as easily. This I Believe, Inc. is a non-profit organization inspired by a 1950s radio program of the same name that featured essays by people such as “Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries —anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived.” Today, tens of thousands of essays have been submitted and are all available to read online. This I Believe has also published two books of featured essays, which is how I became familiar with the series.The essays are short, so you don’t feel bogged down by lengthy text hiding the great message.
This I Believe is a challenge not only to see and respect views other than our own, but to figure out what our own beliefs are. Hands down, if you check out any of the sites that I have written about, it should be this one. A great part of the growth that I have made in the last few years of my life has been inspired by what I have read in This I Believe. When I feel like I can’t find solid ground to stand on, I return to This I Believe every time. These are some of my favorites:
- Always Go to the Funeral, by Deirdre Sullivan
- Creating Our Own Happiness, by Wayne Coyne (lead singer of The Flaming Lips)
- The Connection Between Strangers, by Miles Goodwin
- We Are Each Other’s Business, by Eboo Patel
- There Is No God, by Penn Jillette