Thoughts Like Waves

If you’re overly introspective, it can sometimes feel like you are a slave to your own thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but it takes a lot of work. Mostly… Thought just happens. Like breathing, as long as you’re alive… Thought just happens. Thoughts are like ocean waves rolling into the shore. Some are good, and some are bad. If you’re a surfer, you can’t control the ocean. Surfers don’t worry about the bad waves… They enjoy the brief good ones. If you’re not a surfer, even better… Instead of…

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Thankful for Death

Contemplating the brevity of life provides unique perspective on how we spend our time. Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to be mindful of how lucky we are to have whatever we have while we’re on this spinning globe floating in space… Since none of us knows exactly when death will come, only that it will… Tell someone you love that you love them today. You do not know for sure how much time is left.

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The Real “Secret”

The “Secret” is that there is no “secret”…  There are no shortcuts that last. It’s all a struggle.  What you end up getting is all a function of what you do.  If you do a lot of work in a specific niche, you’ll get better at it.  In the process you will think you are going to fail. Indeed, you’ll be sure of it. You will get very depressed. You will have terrible days when you feel your life is wasted.  But you probably won’t fail if you work hard…

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Einstein’s Advice

Einstein's theory on life

Einstein is well known for his theory of relativity… But maybe more practical for the common man is his theory of happiness. “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” Einstein wrote this note in November of 1922 in lieu of a tip for a Japanese bellboy. It was written (originally in German) in black ink on a piece of hotel stationery from the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo. Einstein’s Theory of Happiness note, along with a shorter one that reads “Where…

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Hormesis

There is evidence that our diet has a direct impact on our mental health. If we eat sugary processed foods regularly there is a chance our mood and productivity will suffer. Skipping food altogether for a day or so is also a good thing to do from time to time. If you give your gut a rest, you can hit the reset button, set a new baseline and start over with some good food the next day. In the U.S., hardly anyone is without food. Food is available to us…

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