This Poster Might Just Change Your Life. ~ Nicole Duncan

Via on Apr 20, 2011

Lost? Find yourself with the Holstee Manifesto.

Before I even knew what was wrong, I knew how to fix it.

I had to make a change, a big change.

As far as I could tell I had everything, and nothing to complain about. Reliable employment, a coveted corner office, a loving boyfriend and supportive family, my good health.

I was living in the most beautiful town in the US, and I was (somewhat) financially secure…the list goes on. Fellow Americans, these days, are wondering where they’ll get their next meal…and I’m pondering personal happiness. Call my discontent pathetic, but it was ruining my life.

My life was empty, somehow. No peers challenged me or my beliefs. My community rarely inspired me, and my ambition was stagnant. Work felt unimportant, pointless. Just about every day, I woke up to the screaming question, What are you doing with your life?

My internal compass pointed toward change. And lots of it. So, finally, eventually, I quit my job, broke up with my boyfriend, and got out of town. Almost instantly, and surprisingly, clarity came. As it turns out, I was living my life by the Holstee Manifesto before I even knew it existed. I haphazardly stumbled upon this graphic one day while surfing the web.

While I was in the thick of making change (otherwise known as disrupting and destroying my life), shoulder-deep in judgment from the people in my world, and bailing buckets of tears trying to stay afloat, this credo brought reassurance. Despite everything, I knew I was right, and carrying out my plan was somehow instinctive. When I read the manifesto for the first time, my whirling world slowed—its words affirmed me, and the flat-out changes I’d made.

I couldn’t help but smile at its simplicity.

Therein lies the power. I love this progression of words because they simplify a prescription for happiness, without oversimplifying it.

“If you don’t like something, change it.”

It’s plain and simple, yet so difficult in practice. The message inspires me to never settle, and it reminds me that happiness is a choice.

Now, the Holstee graphic adorns my Mac desktop, prompting me to “wear my passion.” So I am. After all, what’s the point if you’re not?

“Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating.”


You can visit the Holstee site here to learn more about how the manifesto was born and to get excited about their sustainably made, socially conscious products.

~

Nicole spends her free time in the outdoors via kayak, ski, bike, trail, rope, rock, water and mountain. Although a writer and editor by trade, she ventured out as a sea kayak guide in Alaska, and most recently ski-bummed in Telluride, CO. When she’s not plotting her next big adventure you’ll find her with a Colorado microbrew in hand, a good read or with friends. Nicole has zero tolerance for to-go cups, pickles and complainers, and she challenges you with the question:
“How intensely do you wish to exist?”

~

From the folks at Holstee, good people all: “We just launched the Holstee Manifesto in poster format, after it has been posted over 60,000 times over the internet. In good Holstee tradition it is printed on 100% recycled post-consumer paper that was made with hydro power.”

 

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68 Responses to “This Poster Might Just Change Your Life. ~ Nicole Duncan”

  1. Oohsusieq says:

    Beautiful and inspiring!

  2. Susanna says:

    Wow, great poster. These are things that deep down we all know to be true, but it took looking at it all in black and white to make the reality of it sink in.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    http://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Do things appear in your life just when you need them, to help tip you this way or that?

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    Sylvia Marquez Always. ;)

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    Karen Nelson Mangold Sylvia beat me to it… always. Even though at times I choose not to see that, in reflection it's always the case. :)

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    Amy Blumenreder Yes yes yes!!!

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    Valerie Soraci yes, thankfully.

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    Jessica Muir Denorio Frequently. Whenever I focus and ask the universe for what I need AND remain patient instead of getting frustrated, the thing I need is revealed to me. Either I read something that changes my thought process or otherwise just become aware of how we are all connected. Ask and you shall receive! The universe is generous!

    #
    elephantjournal.com In Buddhist tradition, we call it auspicious coincidence, and the more we're present and have right view/motivation for living, the more it seems to occur. ~ Waylon

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    Karen Nelson Mangold True dat!

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    Trula Ione Earthgarden Yes, quite frequently

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    Daniele Martin Constantly. Especially within the last 6 months.

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    Sandi Strong Way to go, Nicole! I hope your article inspires others.

  4. It's good, Nicole! My last experience living this manifesto was when I suddenly decided to come out of a very happy 7 year retirement to work full time as Elephant's volunteer Yoga Editor, as in "Some opportunities only come once, seize them."

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  5. Chris says:

    I just realized I stumbled on this same graphic months ago, and it was largely what inspired me to quit my job.. that one line really resonated with me. It's probably been the most important decision I've made so far this year.

  6. Patrick says:

    As others have said, I think the rhetoric is a bit misguided. Remember that most Americans don't live anywhere near a river to go kayaking in. Does this advice work when you live in a run-down Brooklyn tenement in the projects with six kids and an abusive husband? Sure we'd all like to quit our jobs and travel and never settle – and sure we could drop our mundane lives and responsibilities – what about those we care for? I think this advise is perfect for the 20-something that has no kids, has 10 grand in a savings account and a college degree that allows them to hop from career to career, so pretty much 1 to 5% of the World

    • TylerRhoads says:

      Yeah. People forget that being philosophic and reflecting on the self are luxuries these days.

    • Jen S says:

      I agree with you Patrick. Unfortunately not all of us are able to do this with our lives. Some people have kids, some people have elderly family members they take care of, and others may not be lucky enough to have the physical capabilities to live such a life.

    • Sam says:

      I think you are missing the point of this; it doesn't mean that everyone has to up and quit their jobs to go travel the world. It means that you have to evaluate your life and find what it is that makes you happy within your situation. Have an abusive husband? Then leave him. Have kids? Love them, teach them and show them how to be happy. Have a mundane job? work towards obtaining a promotion. It means that you must seek personal happiness and satisfaction through passion and love.

  7. [...] to reflect on anything that comes to us in the moment to ultimately push our day, week, and lives into a better direction and less time thinking if it’s possible or not to make a grilled cheese in the [...]

  8. AAPremlall says:

    Or perhaps, you remember this? My dad had it posted in our apartment and always loved it. I hear every librarian has it posted in her area ;)

    Desiderata
    – written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
    they are vexatious to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter,
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs,
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals,
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love,
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be.
    And whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life,
    keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

    • Nora says:

      This was on my grandmother's wall for years and it's what I read over and over again above her bed the morning she lay dieing.

    • suguna says:

      I think it is the best life's lesson piece ever. I have had it on my wall, for years now. The poster on my wall says that this piece was found in Old Saint Pauls Church dated 1692.

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  10. lee says:

    The whole "you will find the love of your life when you are just doing the things you love" is the biggest lie of all. Unless most of my friends just love to be in bars. And I have yet to be chatted up whilst hiking and covered in deet and sweat, or while in paschimottanasana, or during a rousing game of jai alai. And the times I have met love it has been sitting bored at a gathering, standing in a bakery or working behind a counter.

    • lasirena says:

      You're taking it too literally. It means that when you are happy, because you are doing what you love in your life- even if not at that exact moment- you will attract love.

    • Jim says:

      I have experienced just the opposite of you. Create your own reality, the rest of us will create ours.

  11. Steven says:

    I know I've seen these words of wisdom before, but I never knew their origin. Thank you so much for posting them here, and tying them to their author(s). I find them inspiring because to me they represent equal parts wisdom and simplicity. These are words I can understand and directly implement, when I remember them and am willing to do so.

    Thanks Nicole, and ele.

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  13. guest says:

    “How intensely do you wish to exist?”-

    to answer your question, that is the problem with society and with people. So much clinging, such desire to exist, to keep existing, to repeatedly exist. How much do you wish to let go? That should be the question, and the answer should be to everything, including our own ideas, beliefs, and perceptions, because all of those only continue to bind us to the desires of continued existence when we are already immortals.

  14. Joe Sparks says:

    ALL human beings need to follow their own logic in ALL their actions ALL the time.

  15. watermelun says:

    You’re right and you’re wrong. Such is life, I simply strive for a balance between both worlds of the Yin Yang. Yes people !! Quit your mundane jobs that keep you unhappy !! Quit it so that others who would be happy in your position can replace you !

  16. Karlee says:

    I love this. Very fitting for my life, too. thank you!

  17. Kat says:

    Amazingly inspiring, I am so glad you posted!

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  21. Aborn says:

    Thank You Nicole. Any other example of when this manifesto helped you? For me I read it then forget it the next day.. hah yes I laugh because I can change that.

  22. Johnny Coleman says:

    You haven't traveled till you have traveled by mule.
    Johnny
    Johnny8@cox.net

  23. lalouve0 says:

    "You can visit the Holstee site here to learn more about how the manifesto was born and to get excited about their sustainably made, socially conscious products."

    So this "inspirational" manifesto is just clever advertising, another cynical merchandising ploy to attract our attention and remove money from our wallets.

  24. [...] If you can’t throw away responsibility or quit your job, learn to be. And appreciate everyday. Don’t believe in reincarnation or heaven, believe in the present moment and live everyday how you want to. Read a novel, sit in the sun, sweat, stare into the eyes of someone you love and really look, get butterflies, do things you love. Life is simple. [...]

  25. Jimmie Bailes says:

    Ok so I am thinking about removing my blog from Tumbler and get it to a WordPress site. I think this is a wordpress website right? If it is, may I ask where you got the theme? Thanks a bunch!

  26. T. Wetzel says:

    Always inspiring!

  27. Fredric Ciner says:

    Travel. Getting lost will help you find yourself. Beautiful words indeed. — Fredric Ciner

  28. Lauren says:

    Yep. I printed this out over a year ago and stuck it on my fridge. I'm doing all of it and I have never felt more alive or happy.

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  30. emilyalp says:

    This is a great one to be circulating on the first day of Sun in Leo (2012)!!! Love, Your Neighborly Esoteric.

  31. yoga bear says:

    where is the music from? can you buy that?

  32. Xerxes says:

    I do love the sentiment of breaking out of your mundane existence and seeking meaning. As others have said, that works great if you have no children. For me, I have a 16 year old who I have to get through high school and college and a spouse who is in assisted living with severe disability and lots of medical bills. As much as I would like to change my work and my location, I have people who depend on me, and to do what I would like to do means a 50% pay cut. Not in the cards now. I have learned to accept where I am in life, be grateful for what I have, and enjoy my yoga!

    • yoga bear says:

      It is sacrifice in my life that really makes me an adult. You are an example although at times you may not feel like one.

  33. [...] For a manifesto that doesn’t make me gag, click here. [...]

  34. Roger Wolsey says:

    I LIKE this poster.

    (but it doesn't seem very Buddhist ["accept what is"], more Christian [transform the world] ; )

  35. [...] Love whatever you love or whoever you love and love it passionately. [...]

  36. Leah says:

    Sorry, the video made me crack up. There was only one quick shot with a child in it! There is so much wrong and infuriating about this manifesto if you have children!
    "When you eat, enjoy every last bite.". Bwahhahaha! Clearly, you've never had to eat with a new baby or grumpy toddler!
    "Travel often. Getting lost will help you find yourself.". Yeah, that's cute. I remember before I had kids, I thought I would take my kids on the road. We would learn from the people we met and experiences we encountered! Have you ever been lost in a strange city with a baby in the backseat who screams in terror every time the car moves? And his poor older sister holding her hands over her ears, weeping and rocking back and forth? And your breasts painfully engorged and shirt beginning to smell like rotten yoghurt from all the milk letdown in response to the incessant crying. And then trying to find decent food to feed them, etc etc. traveling with kids helps you find yourself about as much as whipping yourself in daily prayer.
    "Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.". The next person I see will be my five year old son. Just imagine the conversation. His response could be cute, I guess. But he does not really give two farts about my inspirational dream.
    I could go on. There IS a lot of great stuff in here, but really, it's pretty cute, the naive optimism.

  37. lauraplumb says:

    What an important thing to remember, especially NOW. Thank you.

  38. Katie says:

    OH MY GOD I was loving the article and then I got to the bottom and saw the poster… to discover that this is the poster I have had in my kitchen for months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. Beatriz Flores says:

    Me gusto mucho leer sobre el manifiesto que nos inpulsa a la creatividad, realmente los seres humanos a veces nos conformamos con cierta conducta que nos perjuidica. si escribieras algunos articulos en español te lo agradeceria ya que no entiendo algunas palabras.pero me parece que haces buen trabajo.

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  43. Mourad says:

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  44. Adam Harriss says:

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