Optimism is hard

2020-01-08

I’m so tired and ashamed of still being stuck in the weight gain-weight loss cycle. I’ve been fighting with it for years and it feels like, at some point, whether it’s reasonable or not, it must say something about me.

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Intentions vs. circumstances

2020-01-07

Your intentions matter, but they aren’t the primary factor in determining who you will be. Your circumstances play a much larger role in determining the things you learn, the skills you acquire, and the things you value.

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The mindfulness magic trick

2020-01-06

My first time going axe throwing I was terrible at it. I only managed to sink the axe into the target maybe 20% of the time. I threw a lot of axes that went sideways and just bounced off. It felt ridiculous. I was so self-conscious about it that I didn’t even notice the same thing was happening to everyone else.

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It's all relative

2020-01-02

Adult mayflies can’t eat. They live for as long as it takes them to starve, and then they die. In most cases that’s about a day.

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Trust the people close to you

2020-01-01

I’m going to make myself a nice, laminated Things To Do When Something Is Wrong checklist, with all the usual self-care suspects on it. Then, since I would normally make that kind of thing and then ignore it, I’m going to give copies to everyone I know and give them the ability to enforce it on me anytime they deem it necessary or useful or even funny.

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Ambiguity around goals

2020-01-01

What’s the difference between a goal, an intention, an aspiration, a value, a resolution, a plan and a task list?

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Two birds, one stone

2019-12-30

It’s funny: no matter how much I take on, it seems like I still waste a lot of time. How much damn time is there in a day, anyway? How much of it do I really need to spend relaxing?

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