Not that I’ve looked very hard, but I haven’t found a good way to get to the highlights I make in the books I read on the Kindle. In Crawford’s book, I took pictures within a note in Evernote and let Evernote handle the OCR scan. Then I simply exported and cropped the images. A bit too time-consuming.
Well I looked in my Amazon account and found my notes this morning!
Here are some choice highlights from some 2016 books.
From The Art of Grace:
- 1. Slow down and plan. There’s no way to be graceful when you’re rushing around haphazardly.
- 2. Practice tolerance and compassion. This goes along with slowing down. Take time to listen and understand.
- 3. Make room for others—on the sidewalk, at the bus stop, in a coffee shop, during a business meeting, and in your life.
- 4. Strive to make things easy for people, even in small ways.
- 5. Make things easy for yourself. Be easily pleased. Accept compliments, take a seat on the bus if someone offers it to you, embrace any kindness that comes your way. This is graciousness, and it is a gift for someone else. You are giving another person the gift of being graceful.
- 6. Lighten your load. Shed painful shoes, disencumber yourself of heavy purses, backpacks, and briefcases. Let the bad stuff go, physically and emotionally.
- 7. Take care of your body. The more you move, the better you’ll move. And the better you’ll feel.
- 8. Practice extreme noticing. Look for grace where you least expect it.
- 9. Be generous. It’s a lovely thing to anticipate and fulfill someone’s hopes.
- 10. Enjoy. Raise a glass, as Lionel Barrymore did in the movie Grand Hotel, “to our magnificent, brief, dangerous life—and the courage to live it!”
From When Breathe Becomes Air:
Moral duty has weight, things that have weight have gravity, and so the duty to bear mortal responsibility pulled me back into the operating room.
From Purity: A Novel:
She proceeded to cry torrentially. The only way I could get her to stop was to become, right then and there, a person who experienced as keenly as she did the unfairness of my being able to pee standing up. I made this adjustment to my personality—and a hundred others like it in our early months together—and henceforth I peed sitting down whenever she could hear me. (When she couldn’t, though, I peed in her sink. The part of me that did this was the part that ultimately ruined us and saved me.)
From Training Essentials for Ultrarunning:
Successful outcome goals strike a balance between being achievable and offering a challenge. Where you sit on the achievability teeter-totter depends on your individual tolerance for risk. As you set goals that are more challenging and closer to the limits of your capabilities, you must simultaneously accept a higher level of risk associated with those goals. The inverse is also true, but sometimes it’s harder to grasp. Goals beyond your physical capabilities are not well-constructed goals. It is also important to realize that if you have a low tolerance for risk, an extremely challenging goal is just as inappropriate as a goal that is way beyond your physical capabilities.