Maria Popova, a Bulgarian writer living in New York, runs Brain Pickings, a beautiful website on many wonderful, inspiring, topics. In a world where most media are filled with noise, nausea, and discomfort, Brain Pickings is often refreshing.
It recently turned nine years old, and to mark the event, Popova brought out a set of reflections. These reflections are a great guide on living life well and I recommend you take a look at them on Brain Pickings here. Meanwhile, I am including an abbreviated list below:
(1) Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
(2) Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
(3) Be generous.
(4) Build pockets of stillness into your life.
(5) When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
(6) Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
(7) Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.
(8) Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
(9) Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.
There you go. Nine statements for nine years of Brain Pickings. Popova’s written about these in a lot more detail on her site. Also, I recommend going through the rest of Brain Pickings as well. It can be quite a read.