Showing posts from January, 2020

Best practice (advice for friends)

What are the practices that have been most helpful for me that I would recommend to my friends? Abandon social media (makes you feel not good enough) Stop watching/reading the news (makes your world feel not good enough) Adopt financial planning, even at its simplest. Budget weekly or monthly. Articulate your financial goals. Be deliberate about where you put your savings Play a sport - it's important to practice fair play Simplify your life; inventory your stuff, cull the things you don't value. I own: two capsule wardrobes (business and casual), a guitar, a bike and a laptop. That's it.  Write for 10 minutes every day about anything at all, simply so you can think about something properly If unwilling to pray or engage with anything explicitly religious, explore adding at least some element of spirituality into your life...perhaps 10 minutes of reflection and gratitude Resist the temptation to be a victim and take at least some responsibility for the suffe

A mantra for life

Here is a mantra I have been developing to guide me in work and life.  Shun victimhood and cynicism. Seek out truth and joy.  Be grateful every day. Here's why:  Victimhood is ugly and unhelpful.  Cynicism is ugly and unhelpful.  They do not better a situation nor endear you to anyone worth endearing yourself to. But they are prevalent and easily lapsed into. So it's best to be conscious of this and avoid these states.  Truth is a tricky one. It is hard to know what is true and by what measure. But some things seem quite certainly to be false. They are the behaviors and convictions that seem to not work in some way in the world. Some grand judiciary of all things deems them...lesser. And if we are to accept this of some things, then we may seek out whatever is opposite to them. And that points to where truth might be.  Joy is an agent of transcendence. Soul food. Happiness is this , here,  for now . It abandons ship the moment clouds gather. Joy is possible whatev