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#743 An assertion of rationality

The most important of his edits was small but resounding. He crossed out, using the heavy backslashes that he often employed, the last three words of Jefferson’s phrase “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable” and changed them to the words now enshrined in history: “We hold these[…]

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#742 A little bit of reflection

Understanding this difference between under- and mis-regulation, a key coping strategy becomes obvious–at least it has in my own life. Instead of thinking of how awful, weak, or inadequate I am when I feel like “giving in to feel good” by breaking a nutrition plan, skipping a work out or[…]

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158/365 Stretched to its limits

“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by[…]

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157/365 Over and over again

The brain learns and remembers best when focus is greatest. Video games focus attention and get us to repeat moves over and over, and so are powerful tutorials. That presents an opportunity for training the brain. from Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

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146/365 What life is about

There is no hope in the past. There is no solution to be found in the present. Nor will we be better off by jumping ahead into an imaginary future. The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt to make sense of the[…]

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133/365 Between stimulus and response

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” Quote of Viktor Frankl in “Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)” by Chade-Meng[…]

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132/365 Always choose now

Yet the awareness of true reality is an experience, not an idea, that in fact requires a “radical refusal of thoughts” in favor of a simple state of attending to the moment. “Your purpose—the fullness of life—is just to be here now,” he says. “To be the space for whatever[…]

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131/365 Pause, when insulted

Pause, when insulted, to consider whether what the insulter said is true. If it is, there is little reason to be upset. from “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy“, by William B. Irvine

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