We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci
Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,
The question is what are you practising?
Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…
Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time
Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised
You and I are incomplete people.
To become compleat we have to try new experiences, say something, go somewhere different…
New situations activate genes and these genes activate proteins that build new structures in the brain
So doing the same things over and over again we never activate these genes and remain incomplete
The more we do the same things over and over the harder, it is for us to try/say/do new things.
Like saying No for instance.
The more you say yes the harder it is for you say no, Like when your boss asks you to work overtime and you know you don’t want to…
But you say yes anyway, the next time your boss asks you, the chances are you’re going to say yes again.
And by the time your boss asks you to do something ridicules like working 40 hours for free… Your brain isn’t structured to say no.
The same is true when you’ve just joined the gym but your friends are asking you to go out again, you really don’t want too… What do you say?
Rebuild your brain
So you can rebuild yourself.
A seed grows with no noise, but a tree falls with huge sound, Destruction is loud but creativity is silent, This is the power of silence, Grow silently
No, you’re probably not
I’ve had conversations like this all the time and looking back I’ve said my fair shares of I’m gonnas
I lot of them the ‘Not’ Was silent
I’ve also been on the receiving end of someones I’m gonna
There ‘Not’ Was also silent
I find it more powerful now to just say oh yeah I’ve done this by the way
And show the work I’ve actually done
If your ‘im gonna’ has gone on for over a week and you haven’t done anything to get started
Just tell your sell your full of shit and move on
At least then you can do something of use with yourself
Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember nothing stays the same for long’ – May Sarton
In the harshest winters, a tree will look dead, No leaves nothing… But after a harsh winter, that same tree will have the most gloriest spring…
You too will have harsh winters, will feel like you have lost everything… but in the time of struggle remember this is just a season in your life…
This too shall pass
and know that something beautiful is getting ready to spring, That beauty comes deep from within, deep down in your roots, it can’t be seen on the surface.
Don’t let the harsh times defeat you… ‘Nothing stays the same for long’
How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives – Anne Dillard.
Your reading this because you’ve logged onto social media I don’t know whether that it’s for the 1st time today during a quick break or its the 20th time in the space of 15 minutes and you’ve run out of things to read…
Hopefully, it’s the former not the latter.
If you spend your days killing time looking for an escape on reality then your life will resemble this and one day when you look back you will realise that your life was lived ‘killing time’
If you live out your days with meaning and passion your life will reflect meaning and passion, you will most likely have done something of meaning and eventually leave the world better than when you arrived.
Whatever you do today live it out how you want to live your life