Is Your Life A Constant Effort? Push Vs Pull, And The Dangers Of Overdoing Everything

Constant Effort Vs. Being Pulled By Your Vision

Most books about self-improvement focus on waking up early, establishing clear goals, and pushing yourself.  Constant effort, effort, effort.  However, while these techniques might lead to material success, they may do so at the expense of health, a flourishing life, joy, and inner peace.  There is something missing.  The spiritual perspective.  The Dao.If you have a […]

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The Creepy Crawlies in the Basement of Your Brain

The Creepy Crawlies In the Basemen of Your Brain

Extended free time can be a blessing and a curse.  When you have lots of free time–I don’t just mean a week or two of vacation–the creepy crawlies start crawling up out of the basement of your brain.  That is, some of the unresolved emotional issues from the course of your life start bubbling up to your […]

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More Thoughts on Over-Optimization

More Thoughts On Over-Optimization

If you think about it, regret is a form of over-optimization.  You are trying to optimize decisions already made.  Optimize what happened.  It’s silly, but it’s human. When you over-optimize, you don’t see the beauty of what is right in front of you.  You are thinking, thinking, thinking.  Grinding away in your mind against what is. When […]

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Confidence And Faith Are Your Friends

Confidence and Faith Are Your Friends

There is a subtle interplay between confidence and faith.  If you think about it, to some degree having confidence is having faith–faith in yourself, in life, and in the future. With confidence and faith, you stop having to plan out every scenario, consider every possibility, and think through every contingency.  Each day becomes a flower rising up and […]

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