3.15.2010

Three Words and a Sentence

I'm digging Dan Pink right now. I followed a link to his website the other day, read a few posts, and watched his "Drive" video and TED talk. I took away three words and a sentence.

The three words: Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

I want those words to govern my life. Maybe I need to applique them on a dishtowel.

The sentence:

"She's not a very good housekeeper, but she keeps a very good house."

That's my sentence, the sentence I wrote about myself after watching the Drive video. It's true, it's humble, it's hopeful - that is, it's my hope that I make a very good house. It's a purpose worth mastering, and every day I can do it a little better.

stitchin'

While Pink's keeping my mind busy, Chanin is still keeping my fingers busy. I'm getting better and faster at hand stitching; it's amazing what you can master when you sit on the couch for hours on end. I'm certainly getting lost in hand stitching, and what a wonderful kind of lost it is.

Now back to that warm, bright, cozy corner of the couch I go, oh so happy to have an extra hour of daylight to lose today.

21 comments:

  1. I was just heading up to read Dan Pink's book when I thought I'd check to see if there were any new posts and here you are! : )

    xo

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  2. I like to refer to housekeepers as house managers because to me. I will look Pink up. Thanks for sharing! And ya, I love hand stitching too!

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  3. this is the most inspiring, most true, and most relevant little bit of something i've read on the internet in a little while. thanks, molly.

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  4. hmm... I think that maybe my upper management team has seen this based on a couple of new conversations I have had lately.

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  5. We've got that book out from the library right now but the husband commandeered it. Maybe I ought to go find the TED talk!

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  6. We've got that book out from the library right now but the husband commandeered it. Maybe I ought to go find the TED talk!

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  7. The whole idea of motivation and moving away from rewards and incentives dovetails nicely with a very thought-provoking parenting course I'm taking. I'm going to be blogging about it in several parts, I think. Dan Pink (thanks for the link) doesn't mention the parenting context, but I think for us moms the connection is pretty easy to make...

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  8. how am I supposed to go to sleep now with "what is my sentence?" on my mind?

    thanks for the link.

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  9. I am off to check that out and a cozy spot on the couch....priceless :)

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  11. that is truly all i could hope to be said about me, too.
    thanks, molly. now i have something to hold onto and think about for quite a while.

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  12. My husband is reading the Dan Pink book now and is finding it so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your sentence...so wise, so true and so timely.

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  13. I Like those three words. thanks for passing them on. I have yet to discover the joy of hand stitching, but maybe that'll come with time. Can't wait to see what you made.

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  14. I liked this post very much. Show us what you are making there!

    Also, do you think a thick strip of elastic might make your slippers more comfy? ...around the rise of the foot? i think they are lovely, and I read you aren't entirely pleased with them, so I thought I'd pass this along...for what it is worth!

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  15. i love that sentence. my husband loves watching TED videos on the computer while i'm working in my little 'art room'; we'll have to put that on the list for him to watch and me to 'sort of listen to'.
    in regard to 'house work type things' i like to think of myself as a home-maker. a house is a thing to be cleaned and such, but a home is something to carry in the heart.

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  16. "Keeps a good house" is wonderful!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this, I had never heard of Dan Pink before but have since followed your links and been inspired.

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  18. I'm not gonna lie, I want to sit on the couch for hours on end....ahhhh. Enjoy. Thanks for the blog Molly:)

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  20. Thanks for the link to Dan Pink. I had not heard him before. Great TED talk. I do love psychology!
    There is just something about stitching by hand... good stuff!

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  21. I like to refer to housekeepers as house managers because to me. I will look Pink up. Thanks for sharing! And ya, I love hand stitching too!
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