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This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
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Nov 20, 11

Read in November, 2011

Simple, inspiring, and thought-provoking.

We all have bad, monotonous days. Sometimes, we can't even recall what we did on a day like that. Or instead, we find ourselves angry about how it didn't go as we thought it should, we aren't getting what we want, it didn't meet our expectations and on and on and on...

David Foster Wallace, in this commencement speech to seniors at Kenyon College in 2005, explains how we all have the power and freedom to see the world differently. We default to the negative but we must rewire ourselves to think about the positive.

He cautions us not to worship any one thing (beauty, power, money, etc) but instead worship dedicating ourselves to the world around us. Instead of living your life where you are the center of the universe, understand how you have the power to see things positively or negatively.

Very inspirational. Would love to hear other's thoughts on this!
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