Wisdom From Merlin
On the most recent episode of Do By Friday, Merlin Mann shared bits of wisdom he’s picked up over time. Here’s one example, but you should really read the whole list:
If you have a small household responsibility—no matter how lame or quotidian—just do it now and without being asked. If you think the trash may need to go out, do not “check” to see if the trash needs to go out. Just take the fucking trash out. And quit reminding everybody you took the trash out. This is not Vietnam, and you are not a forgotten hero.
I aspire to glean and curate wisdom like this. Note how many of these are about being attentive to, and caring for, other people’s needs. Merlin overflows with these little life gifts, which speaks to his character.
I’ll be revisiting his list each year.