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Ashton’s Weekend Reads & Listens

I started reading Braiding Sweetgrass this week. Seems like this one will be something special.

Brain Picking’s post, Gardening as Resistance: Notes on Building Paradise, was loaded with wisdom. The older I get, the more I find myself leaving the need to be on the constant quest for knowledge to simply becoming a student of the language and wisdom of dirt, seeds, and trees.

Lastly, I’ve poured myself many a cup of Hiss Golden Messenger this spring. Sanctuary and If It Comes in the Morning are so masterfully done. With each spin they get better. Do yourself a favor and Google the lyrics.

Be open.

Stay curious.

Namaste.

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Ashton’s Weekend Read(s)

The art of letter writing is something I’ve noticed leaders do very well. I’ve read two letters to shareholders in the last couple of weeks….one short, one very long. Jeff Bezos ends his final letter as CEO at Amazon in the way only he can. And Jamie Dimon has the sharpest vision I’ve seen.

Godin on Investment and Expenses.

Love and Friendship from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Red Bird Explains Himself by Mary Oliver.

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Weekend Reads & Listens

Morgan Housel wrote a beautiful reflection on investing and how it aligns with the universal principle that Hemingway coined ‘gradually, then suddenly.’ Check out Investing: The Greatest Show On Earth.

The late John O’Donohue was given the mic this week in one of Fr. Richard Rohr’s daily meditations. The Circle of Eternity made me smile and was so very comforting.

I’ve started a series at Good / True / & Beautiful Podcast on the True Self. We’ve had Shawn Askinosie and Dr. Kelly Flanagan on thus far and have more guests coming on in the next few weeks. You can find these conversations at iTunes and Spotify.

If you’re wondering about cryptocurrency, that makes two of us. Here’s some yin and here’s some yang.

Good Word of the Day / The Guest House by Rumi

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Final GTB

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