I found this through Adam, from Michael Leddy’s blog, linked through Boing Boing. It’s a great set of hints for living gracefully and truthfully, in line with what matters to you, from a 72-year-old graphic designer.
There was a long discussion in comments about the third piece of advice, “SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC AVOID THEM.” I think it’s great advice in a general sense, in that if a person is sucking off your energy, it’s not healthy for you or them. Specifically, I don’t think that people are inherently toxic or nontoxic, and I don’t think you should ever turn away from someone if it is worth the effort. But if it’s not…
Also, I disagree with his advice on “less is more.” It works in a more limited sense than it is usually applied. Often subtle changes and statements are more powerful than more extreme ones. Although lately, I’ve been finding that I want to be as bold as possible, so I say “either less is more or more is more. enough is never right.”
Read his blog for the full text – here are the ten things:
- YOU CAN ONLY WORK FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU LIKE.
- IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB.
- SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC AVOID THEM.
- PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT ENOUGH or THE GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF THE GREAT.
- LESS IS NOT NECESSARILY MORE.
- STYLE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED.
- HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN.
- DOUBT IS BETTER THAN CERTAINTY.
- ON AGING.
- TELL THE TRUTH.