You may get more done if you’re a dick about it. But is being a dick all the time a tradeoff you’re willing to make? Remember, you have to spend an awful lot of time with yourself. It’s not worth being a person who isn’t fun to be around.
What would you do if you had total control over your time and schedule?
When someone helps you out, the usual assumption is that you need to pay them back. And that’s a good thing to do.
Nobody in history has ever exchanged any number of aluminum can tabs for anything of value. Urban legend tells us they can be exchanged for wheelchairs or cancer treatment, but it’s mysteriously hard to find someone who has actually made that exchange.
Given unlimited resources, what problems would you solve? Whose lives would you try to make better?
In the intense but very important book Man’s Search for Meaning, psychologist Viktor Frankl suggests that a key factor to human mental wellbeing is a sense of meaning. There are all kinds of ways to find meaning in life, but if you’ve got nothing else, you can still find meaning in suffering.
It’s not perfect. Somehow it all ends up being less than you’d hoped. And it happens every time.
Hoping for a better life, or trying to create it for yourself, sort of implies an ability to see the future. If you can’t fully predict the consequences of your actions, you actually have no idea whether what you’re doing will make things better or worse.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that things become more beautiful through imperfection.
It’s been demonstrated that prayer helps people recover more quickly from sickness and injury, but only when the person recovering knows that someone is praying for them.