We received this message from a lady who wished to share her "note to self" on her 80th birthday. She told us that she has always written down inspiring things from books she has read or quotes that have resonated with her. She decided that 80 seemed like a good time to write some that have particularly captured her in a "note to self". She bought herself a card, wrote the seven points on the front of the envelope then wrote the quotes on the inside. We received this during Sydney's extended lockdown. Hopefully there is one, two or even seven of this insightful lady's learnings that resonates with you. It is beautiful and a pleasure to share. Enjoy.

The envelope. What I have learnt. 7 Authors



  1. Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 - 1894 "Being Happy" There is no duty we so much underrate, as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits on the world, which remain unknown even to ourselves, or when they are disclosed, surprised nobody so much as the benefactor.


2. Bryce Courtney 1933 - 2012 "Conversation"

"Good conversational debate is an end in itself and talking for the love of conversation is what makes us human" from The power of One.


3. Albert Einstein 1879 - 1956 "Curiosity"

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery everyday. Never lose holy curiosity.

4. Soren Kierkegaard 1813 - 1855 "Walking" Above all do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. Thus, if one just keep on walking, everything will be alright.

5. William E Gladstone - 1809 - 1898 "Life.." A great and noble calling Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling, not a mean and grovelling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny.

6. Cornelia Frances 1941 - 2018 "Laugh" Probably the best thing I've learnt throughout the years is to listen, learn, tolerate, but most of all laugh. There's no better tonic. And not to take yourself to seriously, 'cause sure as eggs is eggs, other people won't.

7. William McInnes - 1963 - Humour and insight A fairly true history of modern Australia. Politics, Sport, Family and society.