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Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

by DW Green — February 3, 2021

Is Nothing a good thing to do?

I really like the phrase Carpe Diem. Wonder why that is? Maybe it’s the sound of the words. Maybe not. Carpe Diem is a Latin aphorism, meaning “Seize the Day.” Then there’s Veritas Nunquam Perit meaning “Truth never dies.” Or Veritas for short. “Truth.” So much for Latin!You will only get one shot today. You have only twenty-four hours with which to take it. And then it is gone and lost forever. Will you fully inhabit all of today? Will you call out “I’ve got this,” and do your very best to be your very best?What will you manage to make of today before it slips from your fingers and becomes the past? When someone asks you what you did yesterday, do you really want the answer to be “nothing”?And then again, its been said, “Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.”Carpe Diem, just the same!

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On Learning New Skills

by DW Green — January 27, 2021

I went from a failure, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them.

I read this quote Tuesday morning. I said, “Wow! This is really good.” And then, when I read Adam’s blog later in the day, I thought this Kurt Vonnegut story was appropriate. Appropriate in terms of augmenting Adam’s blog post.This quote from world renowned author Kurt Vonnegut is about freeing ourselves to do what we want regardless of our skill level or our ultimate goal.“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes. And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.” And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and ...
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How To Have A Good Day

by DW Green — January 20, 2021

The ultimate form of self-reliance.

Here is how to guarantee you have a good day: do good things.Any other source of joy is outside your control or is nonrenewable. But this one is all you, all the time, and unending. It is the ultimate form of self-reliance.

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Be The Person You Want To Be

by DW Green — January 13, 2021

Ultimately our actions determine whether we get there or not.

An archer is highly unlikely to hit a target he did not aim for. The same goes for you, whatever your target. You are certain to miss the target if you don’t bother to draw back and fire. Our perceptions and principles guide us in the selection of what we want—but ultimately our actions determine whether we get there or not.So yes, spend some time—real, uninterrupted time—thinking about what’s important to you, what your priorities are. Then, work toward that and forsake all the others. It’s not enough to wish and hope. One must act—and act right.

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Lose Yourself

by DW Green — January 6, 2021

An extreme connectedness to this larger whole.

It is almost impossible to stare up at the stars and not feel something. As cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson has explained, the cosmos fills us with complicated emotions. On the one hand, we feel an infinitesimal smallness in comparison to the vast universe; on the other, an extreme connectedness to this larger whole.Obviously, given that we’re in our bodies every day, it’s tempting to think that’s the most important thing in the world. But we counteract that bias by looking at nature—at things much bigger than us.Looking at the beautiful expanse of the sky is an antidote to the nagging pettiness of earthly concerns. And it is good and sobering to lose yourself in that as often as you can.

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Don’t Let Your Attention Slide

by DW Green — December 30, 2020

Attention is a habit.

Winifred Gallagher, in her book Rapt, quotes David Meyer, a cognitive scientist at the University of Michigan: “Einstein didn’t invent the theory of relativity while he was multitasking at the Swiss patent office.” It came after, when he really had time to focus and study. Attention matters—and in an era in which our attention is being fought for by every new app, website, article, book, tweet, and post, its value has only gone up.Attention is a habit, and letting your attention slip and wander builds bad habits and enables mistakes.You’ll never complete all your tasks if you allow yourself to be distracted with every tiny interruption. Your attention is one of your most critical resources. Don’t squander it!

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“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

by DW Green — December 22, 2020

Not to hesitate our way out of living.

Like the koans of Zen monks and the whit of Shakespeare’s jesters, we may never know if the sayings of this baseball legend are utter nonsense or utter wisdom. But the longer we stay with them, the more they reveal.What this one says to me is not to stall too long at the crossroads of life, not to hesitate our way out of living. We can’t experience everything, and taking one road will always preclude another, but agonizing over which road to take can eventually prevent us knowing any road.Even when taking one road, keeping the other alive in our mind for too long is the beginning of regret. In fact giving over to regret is a way to resist our limitations, a way to still take the other road with us. It’s the heart’s way to be stubborn. Ultimately, keeping the other road so actively with us only keeps us from fully knowing the road we have chosen.We are beautifully limited creatures, capable of great moments of full living, but we can’t experience it all. We can only, paradoxically, experience all there is by giving ourselves completely and humbly to the small path we are drawn to.Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

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Opinions Are Like…

by DW Green — December 16, 2020

Things simply are.

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”—William ShakespeareOpinions. Everyone’s got one. Think about all the opinions you have: about whether today’s weather is convenient, about what liberals and conservatives believe, about whether so-and-so’s remark is rude or not, about whether you’re successful (or not), and on and on. We’re constantly looking at the world around us and putting our opinion on top of it. And our opinion is often shaped by dogma (religious or cultural), and entitlements, expectations, and in some cases, ignorance.No wonder we feel upset and angry so often! But what if we let these opinions go? Let’s try weeding them out of our lives so that things simply are. Not good or bad, not colored with opinion or judgment. Just are.

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Judgments Cause Disturbance

by DW Green — December 9, 2020

The observing eye sees what is.

The samurai swordsman Musashi made a distinction between our “perceiving eye” and our “observing eye.” The observing eye sees what is. The perceiving eye sees what things supposedly mean. Which one do you think causes us the most anguish?An event is inanimate. It’s objective. It simply is what it is. That’s what our observing eye sees.This will ruin me. How could this have happened? Ugh! It’s so-and-so’s fault. That’s our perceiving eye at work. Bringing disturbance with it and then blaming it on the event.

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The Color Of Your Thoughts

by DW Green — December 2, 2020

If you hold a perpetually negative outlook, soon enough everything you encounter will seem negative.

If you bend your body into a sitting position every day for a long enough period of time, the curvature of your spine changes. A doctor can tell from a radiography (or an autopsy) whether someone sat at a desk for a living. If you shove your feet into tiny, narrow dress shoes each day, your feet begin to take on that form as well.The same is true with your mind. If you hold a perpetually negative outlook, soon enough everything you encounter will seem negative. Close it off and you’ll become close-minded. Color it with the wrong thoughts and your life will be dyed the same.

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