Ideas are not scarce


The interesting thing about practicing thinking of ideas is that you stop thinking of ideas as scarce. If you’re ever not sure what to do, go ahead and write down a list of ideas. If your answer doesn’t end up on the list, so what? At least you’re thinking of options. That’s progress.

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The strength to endure


Having the strength to endure hardship is valuable. But it’s not as valuable as changing whatever you’d otherwise have to endure.

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Beauty in real life


Through the window I can see a big concrete building. Near its roof, obscured by the top of a wall, I can see part of a huge number five inscribed into the building. There are two people standing on the roof talking. I can just barely see their heads. There’s a tree, and the leaves haven’t grown in yet. The sky is a wide, uniform light gray, like there’s a thin cloud that wraps the whole world.

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Trying too hard


I have a dog at home and it’s impossible to teach him anything. He gets giddy when you pay attention to him. If you try to praise him or start training him, he gets so excited that he can’t focus.

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Keep painting


I recently painted a picture. It’s the second time I’ve painted in 20 years. I was painting with some friends, and they were impressed. One told me she didn’t know I painted (ha!).

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Why did the chicken cross the road?


The other day someone asked why the joke “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is supposed to be funny. That’s a good question, and to answer it we need to ask why jokes are ever funny in the first place.

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