Do you want your life to be a rough draft or a masterpiece?

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“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.

Would you trade it all?

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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?

  • Those crazy stories of what you…

And I tried really hard to win, too.

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“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.

If it looks, sounds, tastes, smells, and feels like misery… then guess what?

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“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.

For all you heavy lifters out there.

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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?

  • You take on more responsibility than you can handle and the weight of the responsibility leaves you feeling incapable of doing any of it.
  • You get confronted with too many decisions—tough decisions—and feel the crippling effect of decision paralysis.
  • You inflate your expectations so much that everything you do feels insufficient—and your expectations squeeze the “try” right out of you.

But, how can a metaphorical mental…

Stop giving monotony a bad rep.

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“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?


Or, maybe more pleasantly titled, stoicism in action.

A pleasant picture of my dog (and not diarrhea). Image by author.

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.

How to find meaning and fulfillment in our busy lives

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When we’re busy, time becomes our sole focus.

Because failure, like broccoli, is damn good for you.

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“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

Failure sucks

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.

Isn’t it time you start recycling those instead?

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“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.

Matt Hogan

Teacher. Writer. Martial artist. Self-improvement nerd. Founder of Focused on sharing insight. I tweet @matthogan123.

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