who is sonder for?

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dear friends,
while recording a podcast episode together,
my friend matthew carey posed a very interesting question.
he asked me how we may practice sonder with those who are closest to us.

as you know,
sonder is "the realization that each random passerby
is living a life as vivid and complex as your own -
populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines,
worries and inherited craziness."

it never occurred to me
it may be even more important to practice this concept with those
who are intertwined in our journeys and stories on an everyday basis.
to realize,
that even those who we feel we know so well,
are experiencing and living a life
on a level we will never know.
that we can never truly know everything about someone,
and that we must always seek to ask questions, hold space, and support.

it made me think,
sonder is for everyone,
especially for those we know and love most.

wander the path of wonder
xo
priya

sharing inspiration, sparking curiosity, reminding you to stay magical. 

Priya Mahendra
multiple authenticities

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dear friends,
this week i read the book "who are you, really?"
the author brian r. little
offered a way of looking at authenticity that
made my jaw drop and rethink something i thought i knew so well.

"i believe that the search for authenticity is somewhat misguided-
that there is, in fact, no one true you.
in fact, you have have multiple authenticities.
in an era that puts so much weight on the idea of one true self,
this is a complex and controversial notion,
but having multiple authenticities doesn't imply that we lack a moral compass
or that we are disingenuous or even particularly conflicted.
it simply means that being a sincere person can mean different things at different times,
and that who you are really might differ depending on the circumstance."

wander the path of wonder
xo
priya

sharing inspiration, sparking curiosity, reminding you to stay magical. 

Priya Mahendra
my mission in life

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dear friends,
these wise words from maya angelou
are coloring my sunday evening
and giving me
rejuvenation, reinforcement, and relaxation.

"my mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive;
and to do so with some passion,
some compassion,
some humor,
and some style."

wander the path of wonder
xo
priya

sharing inspiration, sparking curiosity, reminding you to stay magical. 

Priya Mahendra
an idea about change

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dear friends,

an idea about change
from the one and only
seth godin:

"humans are unique in their ability to willingly change.
we can change our attitude,
our appearance and our skillset.
but only when we want to.
the hard part, then,
isn't the changing it.
it's the wanting it."

do you want the changes you are seeking to make?

wander the path of wonder
xo
priya

sharing inspiration, sparking curiosity, reminding you to stay magical. 

Priya Mahendra
stop, think, seek

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dear friends,

tonight i share with you a few lines
that make me stop, think, and seek.
"bizarre and improbable and pretty
as a page from the fairy-tale books,
it makes you wish that the world could be
as lovely as it looks."
- rodgers and hammerstein

wander the path of wonder
xo
priya

sharing inspiration, sparking curiosity, reminding you to stay magical. 

Priya Mahendra