“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”
~ Nathan W. Morris, via MoveMe Quotes
You are writing the story of your life every moment of every day.
Every thought that leads to action becomes a line that ends up within one of the paragraphs, within one of the pages, within one of the chapters of your book.
Or, at least, the rough draft of your book.
There are two distinct and equally important parts of the writing process: writing and editing.
Nobody (who’s serious about their work) publishes unedited rough drafts. Why? Because the writing process…
Sitting on a tropical beach, with a tropical drink in hand, listening to the tropical water crash over the tropical sand… is the ideal life, right?
It seems to be the life dream of many.
Let’s say you were granted this privilege of tropical living right from birth — you hit the circumstances lottery!
You inherited an already paid-off beach house where the weather was always sunny and seventy, the water was always just right, and the scenery was always picture perfect.
…But, all of the other experiences in your life get taken away.
“We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, via MoveMe Quotes
I remember a time in middle school when my science teacher challenged the entire class to a seed growing contest.
The challenge was simple enough — we would all get a seed (the same kind from the same pack) and we would see who could grow the seed into the biggest plant.
Most of the other middle school kids didn’t care much for challenges like this… not me. …
“To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.”
Yiddish Proverb, via MoveMe Quotes
If it looks like horseradish, sounds like horseradish, tastes like horseradish, smells like horseradish, and feels like horseradish — it’s horseradish.
How could it be anything else?
Likewise, if it looks like misery, sounds like misery, tastes like misery, smells like misery, and feels like misery — it’s misery.
Maybe more importantly: if it looks, sounds, tastes, smells, and feels like happiness — how could it be anything other than happiness?
The “whole world” is limited to the narrow confines of our perception of the…
Metaphorically feeling “the weight of the world on your shoulders” can quite literally crush the life out of you and leave you feeling helpless and unable to move. Maybe you’re familiar with the feeling?
But, how can a metaphorical mental…
“We can’t opt out of monotony, but we can choose which form it takes.” ~ Chris Guillebeau, via MoveMe Quotes
If we can get into a routine that works — that’s effective — why change it?
Optimized implies most efficient; ideal; highly productive. Why add “spice” if the “meal” as a whole is already optimized; ideal; highly delicious?
Monotony, as far as I see it, gets a bad rep because it has an underlying tone of being tedious, dull, or annoying. …
As I opened the door to greet my doggy after a long day at work, I was smacked in the face with the repugnant scent of, “something-isn’t-right.” Poop edition. Not ready to investigate, I continued to leash her and take her out for our ritualistic evening walk. If there was poop in that house, then it’d still be there when we returned — but, first, a relaxing walk.
After returning home in what felt like no time at all, I reluctantly unleashed her and peeked around the corner of my kitchen entry only to confirm my fear. But, worse. Not…
When we’re busy, time becomes our sole focus.
And when we’re tight on time what’s the first thing that gets reprioritized? The “little things,” of course. Because the “big things” are the main priority and every “little thing” we do only takes away from the time we could have to do “big things.”
Five minutes making the bed, five minutes doing dishes, five minutes interacting with family, five minutes writing a thoughtful note… tick, tick, tick… that’s twenty minutes that could be used on a “big thing.”
And so we carry on rushing, ignoring, reprioritizing, and skipping. Until, eventually, we…
“If you never fail, you’re only trying things that are too easy and playing far below your level… If you can’t remember any time in the last six months when you failed, you aren’t trying to do difficult enough things.” ~ Eliezer Yudkowsky, via MoveMe Quotes
Let’s get that out of the way right from the get go. It would be naive and hypocritical of me to say otherwise. Because I know the feeling of failure… and it sucks.
But, so do most other things in life that are damn good for you. Working out sucks; eating broccoli sucks; disconnecting…
“A man may make mistakes, but he isn’t a failure until he starts blaming someone else.” ~ John Wooden, via MoveMe Quotes
In the delicate moments following a mistake lies a choice that must be made carefully. Either we accept the weight of the mistake and mold the accompanying insight into a useful companion—or we shed ourselves of the weight of the mistake and spinelessly litter those around us with its remnants.
Choosing how to handle a mistake is similar to how we might handle a recyclable as we approach a trash can coupled with a recycling bin.