Follow These 3 Rules for a More Fulfilling Life

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readJan 15, 2024

Apply them to everything you endeavor to do.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Barry Lopez was an influential American author, essayist, and environmentalist renowned for his exploration of nature, culture, and the human spirit.

Known for his nonfiction works such as “Arctic Dreams,” which won the National Book Award, Lopez skillfully blended scientific inquiry with poetic prose to illuminate the interconnectedness of humanity and the natural world. His writing, characterized by a reverence for the environment and wisdom, left an enduring impact on literature and environmental thought.

Lopez’s significant contributions earned him numerous awards, including the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing. Beyond his literary achievements, he stood as a passionate advocate for environmental stewardship, leaving a lasting legacy in the realms of literature and ecological consciousness. In his work “The Invitation,” Barry Lopez stated the following -

“Perhaps the first rule of everything we endeavor to do is to pay attention. Perhaps the second is to be patient. And perhaps a third is to be attentive to what the body knows.”

-which is a quote that provides insight into living a more fulfilling life. Let’s break this quote down to consider the sum of its parts.

“Perhaps the first rule of everything we endeavor to do is to pay attention.”

This suggests paying attention is a fundamental principle in any pursuit. It is also something people do less and less of in today’s truncated attention span society.

It emphasizes the importance of being fully present and engaged in whatever task or activity one is involved in. Without paying attention, one may miss crucial details or opportunities.

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“Perhaps the second is



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·