My Silver Lining

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I discovered a Swedish band a few years ago called First Aid Kit. They’re excellent. They just released a new album this past week entitled Stay Gold, which starts off with “My Silver Lining” – and it’s currently my favorite song. Not only is the music beautifully written and performed, but the lyrics are full of wisdom. There’s so much self-reflection and optimism – and it’s great to listen to while on a road trip or just relaxing. And if you have a chance to see them in concert, they’re just as engaging as their music (and humble, too!)

Below is a pic of the Stay Gold LP, as well as lyrics to “My Silver Lining”. Enjoy!

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LYRICS (courtesy SoundCloud)

My Silver Lining

I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on

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Grateful Graffiti

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I was just going through my iPhone photos, and I came upon this pic that I took whilst living in Portland. I don’t condone graffiti – but as far as vandalism goes, at least this seems to have a positive and straightforward message!Image

Being The Best Boss

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Do you love your job – but not your boss? Or maybe you’re a boss and you sense trouble amongst your employees? I’ve always been blessed with good bosses and employees, but there are plenty of people who haven’t had the same luck.

This is a great infographic from Officevibe for both employers and employees when it comes to improving office morale. Because no matter why you work where you do, everyone has to work together to succeed!

12 Personality Traits Of A Great BossInfographic crafted with love by Officevibe, the enterprise employee engagemement platform that encourages daily team building.

Calvin and Hobbes and You

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In case you missed it over the weekend, the clandestine return of “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson was all the buzz.

Watterson’s return was a big surprise for longtime fans – and as part of all the excitement, Lifehacker posted this wonderful story today highlighting the artist’s tips on productivity. My favorite: “Let Your Mind Wander”.

Here’s hoping you can let your mind wander a little bit today!

(h/t Lifehacker)

 

Meeting Mark Twain

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Look who I met yesterday! This is an awesome Mark Twain impersonator at the Kern County Nut Festival in Bakersfield, California. It brought me back to childhood memories of studying all about Twain, since he’s a fellow native Missourian.

So with that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes attributed to the beloved author. He has lots of good ones, but these are some of the best when it comes to really “living” your life and finding fulfillment and happiness:

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb – that’s where the fruit is.”

“Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again knows their full value.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”

If you have any favorites, please share them in the “leave a reply” section!

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7 steps to the best workday ever

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Cheer up, it’s not Monday (yet)! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

If you’re currently struggling to find happiness at work, a recent article by Inc. may have some helpful tips. Notably, focusing on things that inspire you, staying in shape, and planning for the future are all strategies that may help you work with more passion and fulfillment.

But until the new workweek rolls around, it’s back to Season 2 of “Orange Is The New Black”!

(h/t Inc.)