Category Archives: Inspiration

Raptitude Wisdom

A wonderful list, worthy of a sticky post on the blog, just for the purposes of review and consideration and regular intervals. I like point 8 especially 🙂

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1) The sooner you do something, the more of your life you get to spend with that thing done — even though it takes less effort (or at least no more) than it will later. It’s the ultimate sure-thing investment and I pass it up all the time.

2) I never regret working out. I can’t count the number of times I’ve negotiated with myself to work out the next day instead of today because I’m worried it will be a “bad workout.” I seldom have a bad day on a day that I work out.

3) Whenever I’m playing with my phone I am only shortening my life. A smartphone is useful if you have a specific thing you want to do, but ninety per cent of the time the thing I want to do is avoid doing something harder than surfing Reddit. During those minutes or hours, all I’m doing is dying.

4) Nothing makes me more productive and in-the-moment than a clean house. There is mind-clearing magic in cleanliness. Waking up in a house where everything is put away is a glorious feeling. There seem to be more possibilities in the air, and all my things seem more useful.

5) Minute-for-minute, nothing I do is more rewarding than meditation. Even after just a very short session, it reliably makes me better at everything, especially making decisions. It lets me do my best. Yet I still do it only intermittently.

6) Creative work is something that can be done at any time. It’s no different than any other kind of work. Inspiration is nice but completely optional. I’ve almost completely come around on this one in 2013. But sometimes the Four Horsemen still trick me.

7) Acting the way you want to feel usually works. When I feel crappy just before I have to go do something, if I decide to act as if I am happy for a while (even though I’m not) I usually end up feeling happy after not too long, or at least much less crappy. This is straight out of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and it’s an extremely powerful thing to experiment with. [More on this in an upcoming post.]

8>> Ninety-five per cent of my happiness comes from having a home, a functioning body and something to eat. I live in utter luxury, by any sensible standard of what “luxury” is. If I am unhappy it’s because I’ve lost perspective about the other five per cent.

9) Our minds are geared to manage much less than we typically end up managing. Modern people have so many options they conflict with each other in almost every area. The fewer things I have, the more I enjoy my things. The fewer goals I have, the better I do them. The smaller the portion size, the better food tastes.

10) The quickest and most reliable path to personal improvement is to do the things on my list that I resist most. Internal resistance should be taken as a big red sign guaranteeing rapid growth and new capabilities. Given my experience with the ecstasy that comes with overcoming resistance, logically I should be attracted to it by now.

11) All you need to do to finish things is keep starting them until they’re done. The idea of doing something in its entirety always seems hard. But it’s easy to commit to simply starting on something, and then you’re past most of the resistance. Continuing is just as easy. (Thanks to Leo Babauta for this one.)

12) Whenever I think I’m mad at a person, I’m really just mad at a situation. I’m mad because suddenly life requires something new of me, and it’s easy to implicate a person who contributed to that situation. I want the situation to be responsible for fixing itself, so I attribute it to someone else’s moral failing, and then I don’t have to feel responsible for this new problem of mine.

13) Ultimately, to get something done you have to forget about everything else while you do it. The mind is always telling you that 85 things are on fire and you need to do everything now. However you respond emotionally to it, to move things along you have to pick one to deal with, and let the rest continue burning while you do.

14) The most consistently joyful activities for me are visiting with other people and reading books. Aside from earning a living and a bit of travel there isn’t much else I need in my life. Somehow these two things are still not clear priorities. What are yours?

15) If I find myself in an argument, I’ve made a mistake. It doesn’t matter whose position makes more sense, because by the time it’s an argument any real communication has ended. Marshall Rosenberg’s brilliant method of Nonviolent Communication is a far more useful default response than argument, but I often forget it completely.

16) Few things matter long-term other than relationships, health, personal finance and personal growth. Crises in almost every other area turn over so quickly there’s not much reason to get upset at them. Interestingly, those four are the areas that probably contribute most to happiness in the short term too.

Hugues De Montalembert


You live in a city like New York.
You read the papers.
You look at the television.
But you never think it will happen to you.
It happened to me one evening.

Hugues was attacked in his apartment by muggers and as a result, blinded, permanently. Having just finished reading his book ‘Invisible – A memoir’ I can suggest it thoroughly as a refreshing insight into how to appreciate your good fortune, or to reflect on how it would be good if we can be grateful for the things we take for granted, such as our sight and our health.

‘Invisible’ can be finished in one sitting and contains a philosophical view of the world that is worth digesting.

At the end you must know that you will be defeated.
You will be defeated by age. Age is an enemy against which you can do nothing.
Because to be old is not easy, but to be old and blind, that’s very tiring.

You better eat life while you can because at the end, like everybody else, your body will be defeated.
At least your mind can be triumphant, independent.

2012 is here!

Have a great 2012 everybody, make it your best year ever because you might as well.

The following quote is a nice reminder of how everything is relative and that we can lose sight of that at times.

Italian painter Salvatore Rosa on conditions in Naples during a plague in the 17th Century.

Conceptio culpa
Nasci pena
Labor vita
Necesse mori

Conception is sin
Birth is pain
Life is toil
Death is inevitable

Life Lessons

Quite an interesting video about the life lessons learnt; from one of the survivors of the Hudson River plane crash.

1) Don’t postpone anything in life. Everything can change in an instant.
2) Elimate the negative energy, choose to be happy rather than right.
3) The only thing that matters in my life is to be a good Dad. Dying is not scary but it was very sad. I love my life, I want to see my kids grow up.

Living Forever

This video is amazing.

The advances in technology and medicine are just awesome. There is this theory which is only crazy if you don’t understand how geometric progression with technology or anything actually works, the theory is about the technological singularity.

Just one of the ideas arising from this thinking is that if you can at the present moment in 2011 manage to actually live long enough you might have the possibility of living forever, or for an incredibly long time based on current lifetime longevity standards. There are no doubt numerous practical problems that would arise from this, however the point is that this amazing, seemingly ludicrous idea has a probability of occurring that is likely somewhat higher than 0%

The main point is that we living in an era of geometric increases in technological discovery and scientific/medical advances and the changes ahead will just be amazing.

Just consider how a citizen of 1900 would view a modern day airport and jump forward one century in time and wonder what everyday things in 2111 might simply be unbelievable to a present day citizen of our planet.