Life has been busy and these next two weeks are going to get even busier, so I apologize to you (and to myself) for the lack of recent posts, and therefore I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
I started a new internship two weeks ago, finals are next week, and The Walking Dead is back on TV, but today’s remarkably warm weather and a few lines from I book I read inspired me to fit in a short blog post today.
For my Effective Business Communication class, we are required to read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. So yeah, I usually try to hide the title while I’m reading it in public. Despite the fact that I’m reading it for a class requirement and the funny looks you may get while reading it on the train, I would definitely recommend this book. It was published during the Great Depression and the lessons it offers still hold today.
The quote that stood out to me today isn’t actually from Dale Carnegie himself, but rather Elbert Hubbard, whom Carnegie provides an excerpt from.
Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.
The weather had put me in an especially good mood while I read this on the brown line (which all Chicagoans can agree to being a cathartic experience at times), so I fished a pen out of my backpack and underlined this sentence. It’s self-explanatory and doesn’t require much interpretation, but I think it’s a nice reminder.
However, the last line from Hubbard’s excerpt states, “We are gods in the chrysalis.” I think it’s a beautiful sentence, but I have no friggin’ idea what it means. So please let me know if you have an interpretation for that. If you want to read the full excerpt, click here.
That’s it for today, folks. Shout out to the CTA brown line for the frequent inspiration and for being arguably the best train line in Chicago, despite being named after the worst color.
Above photo taken in Copenhagen.