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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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
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
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[…]
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[…]
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.
“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[…]
SISKO: Competition. For fun. It’s a game that Jake and I play on the holodeck. It’s called baseball. JAKE: Baseball? What is this? SISKO: I was afraid you’d ask that. I throw this ball to you and this other player stands between us with a bat, a stick, and he,[…]
Anti-meditation is basically journalling. It’s pouring all your emotions out onto a page so that you are left empty. Emotions are what keep you from getting your best work done. With my emotions out on a page, they are in a safe place, I can keep track of them, and[…]
History is earned. You win the day. And then you win the day after. And then you do the same thing every day until you’re dead. And you’re remembered not for the winning, but because you never lost. Francis Underwood, “House of Cards” (US) Season 5, Episode 8.