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A new week, reader—hello again from Composure
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Designed for those looking to practice resilience, Rejection Therapy is a real-life game with one rule: you must be rejected by another person at least once, every day.  



It's likely you're already quite familiar with traditional Chinese plum blossom paintings, their images so widespread they've found their way into dorm rooms and poorly-conceived strip mall restaurants alike. But it's worth digging a bit into how they've persevered as their own symbol of resilience, notes of ethereal elegance, subtle pervasiveness.  
   

眾芳搖落獨暄妍,
占斷風情向小園。
疏影橫斜水清淺,
暗香浮動月黃昏。
霜禽欲下先偷眼,
粉蝶如知合斷魂。
幸有微吟可相狎,
不須檀板共金樽。

When everything has faded they alone shine forth,
encroaching on the charms of smaller gardens.
Their scattered shadows fall lightly on clear water,
their subtle scent pervades the moonlit dusk.
Snowbirds look again before they land,
butterflies would faint if they but knew.
Thankfully I can flirt in whispered verse,
I don't need a sounding board or winecup.


From the head of MIT Media Lab Joi Ito, on how to thrive in conditions of uncertainty. An image and set of ideas I've found myself referencing for years now. It's very likely it'll come up again, coincided along some other Composure virtue. 



As part of my own efforts in practicing resilience, each Composure scarf is made and worn to reflect on the stories of people in my life with perspectives worth embodying. Scarves and stories at alwayscomposure.com


Towards rejection, 
K



​A brief note: Thinking for years on the principles above is in fact in one of the reasons I started architecting Composure in the first place. There's a lot more to say about it all; I post once a month on Medium to expose more about the strategy and conceptual architecture behind Composure
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Uncertainty plagues all meaningful pursuits; if we are to do our best work in the face of uncertainty, perhaps we must first hone perspectives that allow us to stay the creative path. This week, resilience. 

 
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