All posts under monochrome

362/365 You are the best

“It is impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows,” Epictetus says. You can’t learn if you think you already know. You will not find the answers if you’re too conceited and self-assured to ask the questions. You cannot get better if you’re convinced you are the best.[…]

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359/365 Never happy with what we have

That’s how it seems to go: we’re never happy with what we have, we want what others have too. We want to have more than everyone else. We start out knowing what is important to us, but once we’ve achieved it, we lose sight of our priorities. Ego sways us,[…]

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342/365 Return to your focus

The goal is not to “quiet the mind,” which will give your brain a hyperactive tantrum; the goal is to observe your thoughts. If you’re replaying some bullshit in your head and notice it, just say, “Thinking, thinking” to yourself and return to your focus. From “Tools of Titans: The[…]

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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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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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Family of Man

I was lucky to visit Family of Man, an astonishing photography exhibition presented initially in 1955 at the MoMA and later permanently placed in Clervaux, Luxembourg. Here are some photos I took during the visit.

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225/365 The grand gesture

“The grand gesture”. The concept is simple: By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled perhaps with a significant investment of effort or money, all dedicated toward supporting a deep work task, you increase the perceived importance of the task. This boost in importance reduces your mind’s instinct[…]

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