Brother David Steindl-Rast in a monk of Mount Saviour Benedictine monastery in New York. In his TED talk, he talks about the key to happiness as being grateful. Being in a constant state of gratitude reminds us not to take things for granted and opens our vision to the endless opportunities that life presents us with. When things aren’t going the way you want, it’s easy to be negative and shut yourself down. Being happy is a choice and whatever situation we find ourselves in, we have the choice to move on from it and be grateful for what we have.
Please listen to his wise words
He sums up how to be grateful in three simple steps: stop, look, go.
Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the danger of narrow mindedness that stems mainly from mass media and western literature and how having one view of a culture, country (in this case continent!) or race can lead to people misjudging, stereotyping and in a way missing out on discovering a whole other side of a culture, country, continent and race they never knew about. No matter where we’re from or what experiences we’ve had, we’re more similar than different.
Though I haven’t watched very many TED talks, this one by far is one of my favourites.
“All you can be is yourself”
Nigel Kennedy interviewed by Decca Aitkenhead in the guardian:
something i was told today:
“your future ahead of you is better than your past.”