Welcome to #TheDailyYes. The idea is simple- we are sharing some of the quotes, phrases, and pearls of wisdom that have helped us throughout the years.

A few simple words can completely change the way a person thinks about things. A person’s success, self-worth, and impact on the world can be completely attributed to the way he or she thinks about things.

Jason Mudd, Executive Officer

I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It’s my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now.

Veruca Salt

We all know someone that thinks they’re the bees knees for no real reason. Hell, we’ve all been that person at one point or another in our lives. For some reason we all just do it. The human body is the greatest, most sophisticated piece of technology ever created. We’re the tits, and deep down in our psyche, we know it.

We’re the tits, and deep down in our psyche, we know it.

But we didn’t cause it- so we really can’t take credit for it.

This is where the accountability side of life takes effect and, if you’re lucky, one of two things will happen- either you humble yourself or life will do it for you. Speaking from experience I will gladly choose the first option- I’ve had life graciously serve me a few slices of humble pie. I’m grateful for it. I think it’s an important piece of living out our potential.

I choose to live daily with this humility because for me it works. I don’t know if it is my personality type or just me, but frequent personal reminders and intentional habits help me to keep my ego in check. One way I do this is through a practice I heard about while listening to a book by stoic philosopher Seneca The Younger. The audiobook The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master is a compilation of his Moral Letters To Lucilius, a collection of 124 letters written throughout his life (c. 4 BC-AD 65).

In letter 18 he says to set aside a few days each month and be content with the cheapest of clothes and the scantiest of fare, saying to yourself all the while “is this the condition that I most fear”.

What he means is eat beans and rice, wear basic clothes, and basically live very simply. And understand that, while many of us fear losing our wealth and status, it’s really not that bad.

It’s all perspective. So be grateful for what you have, not mad about what you don’t.

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I also want to know what simple phrases, quotes, or other pearls of wisdom have positively impacted your life. I’m going to pick a guest contributor one day a week so that we can keep this lively from a perspective sense. Email me at hello@yeslouisville.com. I appreciate your thoughts!

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