“Now is no time to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do with that there is”
When Musonius Rufus was exiled from Rome, he would use that time to help the others who were also exiled. He found them an underwater spring and stated how man usually turn out better when exiled than they do whilst at home.
He came out with something along the lines of ‘When your at-home how often you see the world, how often do you see all your friends’
(Not an exact quote) but it means that you will never have everything at any one time so make do with what you have.
When we focus on what we don’t have, we lose sight of all we do. We lose sight of all the possibilities that are at hand.
We become blinded to desire.
There is so much at your fingertips.
Evil is Whatever DistractsFranz Kafka
I happened to stumble upon that quote whilst being distracted.
Distractions do nothing but take away time from doing something meaningful and take away time from our life as a direct result of that.
Distractions don’t allow us to get any Deep Work accomplished as Cal Newport would say, and what we’re left with is half-arsed work that doesn’t match our true potential.
Distraction don’t challenge our minds they just merely keep them entertained so we don’t have to do too much thinking.
Distractions are evil because they drain our life ever so slowly we don’t even realise it until its too late
There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers
In his book about ‘on writing’ he says that ideas just come out of nowhere, sometimes it’s two ideas put together
And our job is to recognise them when they do appear, not to go out looking for them
This is true not just In writing but in any idea we have
They say the best nights out are the random ones that just happened out of an idea not pre planned
My best posts (based on likes and my blog stats) are the ones that just sort of happened, where as my well thought out ones most of the time are greeted with nothing.
Ideas generally come when we least expect them, like in the shower or whilst driving (the amount of ideas I’ve had and forgotten whilst driving because I couldn’t write them down is frustrating)
Stop trying to be creative and just let the process happen
But when it does be ready to recognise and catch it
Like the guy who created the flaming hot cheetos he just happened to dip his cheetos into some chilli powder (I think) whilst on his day job
Random idea dudes quite rich now
Life doesn’t happen when you dropped those last few pounds
That’s not when you start to live
Life doesn’t happen when you get that promotion
That’s also not when you start to live
Life doesn’t happen when you get the grades you want, get excepted into the university you want, get the degree you want,
You don’t start to live after you have achieved something,
Life doesn’t begin when your earning x amount, or look a certain way or have some letters after your name
Life happens daily, before during and after you get those things
Life can be awesome, but your missing it because you think it starts once you retire…
Walk on road, hm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later…get squish just like grape.
Or as Yoda says, Do or do not there is no try
It doesn’t matter what we do in life, we just need to commit to it
I’ll try, or I’ll guess I’ll give it ago, yeah maybe… whatever it is that your not fully committed to isn’t worth attempting as it’s just a waste of precious time
I’ll try and quit smoking, I’ll give that diet ago,
You already know after a couple of meals your not going to stick at it
This is true for everything in life, left or right, just make a decision and get out of the road