Wisdom can come from just about anywhere. Why be picky about the source? If someones words ring true to you, and you see and feel the value in them, then assimilate them into your life. Don't limit your resources by having a closed mind.
Month: August 2017
Recently we switched up our evening dinner conversation to help the kids get a little more intentional about their days... we start with"what did you do to get smarter, faster and stronger today?" Our youngest smooshed the question together into a the new family colloquialism SMASTER.
The Stoics practice was to appeal to a person's self interest directly instead of using abstract concepts like right and wrong to influence changes in behavior. Doing this changes the discussion from an emotional appeal to an appeal to logic/reason.
Giving things the proper amount of attention can be challenging. Putting too much energy into things that don't matter is obviously a waste. The not so obvious trick is learning how to judge the difference between things that matter and things that don't. Besides isn't it all just small stuff anyway.
When something bad is peeking over the horizon it can start to eat away at me like nothing. What's worse is when that "something bad" is based on assumption, my own pessimism, being cynical, or my own irrational thoughts.
We can get caught up in so many little unnecessary thoughts, actions, commitments and conversation that a day can roll by before we even know what happened.
If people think you are crazy they won't take you seriously. What we are dealing with on the inside isn't always best reflected on the outside. This is an area that must be in balance with the world we live in.
Many of the skills we need and want to develop will require some form of sacrifice. The Monk Skills of Discipline, Grit, and Focus are enablers that can help us manage these sacrifices so we can be successful in our efforts to learn and grow.
The saying “Only Fools Rush In” is very closely related to “Choose Your Battles.” Both involve using your mental and emotional faculties to make a decision about engaging with a problem.
You are responsible for your thoughts and actions. If someone within your sphere of influence is not performing the way they should… that is your fault.