All posts under 365Project:2017

199/365 At the end of the breath

At the end of a breath, notice that the breath is over. Gone. As a sound fades away, notice when it is over. Gone. At the end of a thought, notice that the thought is over. Gone. At the end of an experience of emotion—joy, anger, sadness, or anything else—notice[…]

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198/365 Integration / individuality

A self that is only differentiated—not integrated—may attain great individual accomplishments, but risks being mired in self-centered egotism. By the same token, a person whose self is based exclusively on integration will be connected and secure, but lack autonomous individuality. Only when a person invests equal amounts of psychic energy[…]

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197/365 A rarified approach to your work

Throughout most of human history, to be a blacksmith or a wheelwright wasn’t glamorous. But this doesn’t matter, as the specifics of the work are irrelevant. The meaning uncovered by such efforts is due to the skill and appreciation inherent in craftsmanship—not the outcomes of their work. Put another way,[…]

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196/365 Flooded with gratitude

Only after the task is completed do we have the leisure to look back on what has happened, and then we are flooded with gratitude for the excellence of that experience-then, in retrospect, we are happy. From “Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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195/365 To live means to experience

To live means to experience-through doing, feeling, thinking. Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have. Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life. Therefore one of the most essential decisions any of us can make is about how[…]

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194/365 Always incomplete

There are always tasks left incomplete. The idea that you can ever reach a point where all your obligations are handled is a fantasy. From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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192/365 No photographs allowed

“Sir, you can’t take any photos in this area!”, she raised her voice alarmingly. I looked at her without realising what was so wrong about taking a photo in an airport were millions of people pass every day. She seemed to feel equally uneasy of having to enforce a rule.[…]

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191/365 Learning to be happy first

If you want to be successful, I highly recommend learning to be happy first. It is possible to become successful without first learning to be happy, but I strongly recommend against it, because if you are unhappy before you are successful, you are likely to be even more unhappy after.[…]

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