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291/365 Order in consciousness

The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy—or attention—is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action. The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the[…]

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274/365 Double the experience

Shawn also suggests a nice daily practice he calls the “doubler,” which is to recall one positive experience of the day in detail, because the brain can’t tell the difference between visualization and actual experience, so by doing this, you double the experience. From “Joy on Demand: The Art of[…]

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268/365 Life is so serious

I realize there are difficult things I need to do in this world, but I can’t do them without an inner happiness to rely on. Life is so serious that it necessitates joy and fun. I hope that makes sense. From “Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness[…]

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267/365 A man’s past

Fate will dole out the remainder of a man’s time as she chooses. A man’s past is forever set in stone. From “On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae” by Seneca

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266/365 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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260/365 The meaning of life is meaning

In this sense the answer to the old riddle “What is the meaning of life?” turns out to be astonishingly simple. The meaning of life is meaning: whatever it is, wherever it comes from, a unified purpose is what gives meaning to life. From “Flow: The Psychology of Happiness” by[…]

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259/365 The task of a craftsman

As Dreyfus and Kelly explain, such sacredness is common to craftsmanship. The task of a craftsman, they conclude, “is not to generate meaning, but rather to cultivate in himself the skill of discerning the meanings that are already there.” This frees the craftsman of the nihilism of autonomous individualism, providing[…]

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258/365 Emancipating oneself from social controls

The most important step in emancipating oneself from social controls is the ability to find rewards in the events of each moment. If a person learns to enjoy and find meaning in the ongoing stream of experience, in the process of living itself, the burden of social controls automatically falls[…]

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257/365 What sets them apart is hope

“Students with high hope set themselves higher goals and know how to work hard to attain them. When you compare students of equivalent intellectual aptitude on their academic achievements, what sets them apart is hope.” – C.R.Snyder From “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman

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256/365 Recognize our great asset: time

These long hours of nighttime composition—fueled not only by coffee, wine, chocolate, and the smell of rotting apples but by Schiller’s constant smoking and snuff-taking—probably contributed to his sickly constitution and constant physical maladies. Yet Schiller could not abandon the habit; it was the only reliable method to guarantee himself[…]

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