Scott’s Sunday Sentences, Issue 012

Sentences are my spiritual currency. 

Throughout my week, I’m constantly scouring and learning and reading and inhaling and annotating from any number of newspapers, blogs, online publications, books, articles, songs, art pieces, podcasts, eavesdroppings, random conversations and other sources of inspiration.

Turns out, most of these sentences can be organized into about eleven different categories, aka, compartments of life that are meaningful to me. And since I enjoy being a signal tower of things that are interesting, I figured, why not share them on a regular basis?

In the spirit of “learning in public,” I’ve decided to publish a weekly digest of my top findings, along with their respective links or reference points. Sentence junkies of the world unite!

Creativity, Innovation & Art 

“I’m blessed with some pretty deep files,” from an interview with George Carlin.

Culture, Humanity & Society 

“The world turns to us because of the ideals we stand for and the burdens we bear to advance them,” from Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Identity, Self & Soul 

“A gift you cannot escape no matter how hard you try,” from an overheard conversation on the subway.

Lyrics, Poetry & Passages 

“I haven’t had white sugar since my first birthday,” from Kick Ass 2.

Meaning, Mystery & Being 

“What is the beautiful thing that’s drawing us forward?” from a stranger on the street.

Media, Technology & Design 

“Facebook isn’t watching out for our kids, they’re just watching them,” from Pysch Today.

Nature, Health Science 

“The shortest distance to the heart is through the body,” from my stomach.

People, Relationships & Love 

“People should never have to ask why you care so much,” from my workshop at Nestle Purina.

Psychology, Thinking & Feeling

“Never put your self worth in anyone else’s hands,” from Susan Biali.

Success, Life & Career

“The status quo is doing fine without you,” from The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck.

Work, Business Organizations

“The brand wasn’t the star of that moment, it was a supporting character,” from Spike.

See you next week!

Identity is a Luxury Item

I’m an identity junkie.

Few things fascinate me more than the formation, nuance,
complexity and absurdity of why people are the way they are.

But something I’ve recently realized is, identity is a
luxury item.

Not everyone is lucky enough to become who they are.

There are several variables, most of which are based on pure
chance, that keep people’s true identities from being known to the world:

There’s the issue of history.
You have to be born at a point in time where your natural talents match the
available opportunities. Otherwise, the person you are won’t get a chance to blossom
to its full capacity.

There’s the issue of environment.
You have to be surrounded by people who encourage you to trust yourself and
carve your own path. Otherwise, you’ll end up wearing a false self that hides
you true nature.

There’s the issue of resources.
You have to possess the means that enable the experiences that expose you to your
core self. Otherwise, you’ll never plug in where you’ve been gifted to fit.

There’s the issue of exploration.
You have to actively seek out what is your own, beyond what you’ve been taught.
Otherwise, you’ll never find new, meaningful facets to add to your identity.

There’s the issue of introspection.
You have value paying attention to the voices and forces within you. Otherwise,
you’ll conform to the tastes of others, slowly losing parts of yourself that
you can never get back.

It breaks my heart.

Everyone deserves to become who they are.

Who knew identity was such a blessing?

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