Notes from books

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. 1. Slow down and plan. There’s no way to be graceful when you’re rushing around haphazardly.
  2. 2. Practice tolerance and compassion. This goes along with slowing down. Take time to listen and understand.
  3. 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. 4. Strive to make things easy for people, even in small ways.
  5. 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. 6. Lighten your load. Shed painful shoes, disencumber yourself of heavy purses, backpacks, and briefcases. Let the bad stuff go, physically and emotionally.
  7. 7. Take care of your body. The more you move, the better you’ll move. And the better you’ll feel.
  8. 8. Practice extreme noticing. Look for grace where you least expect it.
  9. 9. Be generous. It’s a lovely thing to anticipate and fulfill someone’s hopes.
  10. 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.

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