Archive for the 'Going Up From Egypt' Category

KNOWING TO DO THE NEXT RIGHT ACTION…

October 22nd, 2014

[T]he potential uses of checklists in everyday life—a list for holiday packing, say, or for getting the kids out of the house every morning (there are hundreds of examples at checklists.com) – aren’t usually matters of life and death. But they are similar in this respect: the idea of making a checklist is so stupidly […]

WORK HARD TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE…

October 20th, 2014

[d]emystifying passion “is liberating. It frees you from obsession over whether you are doing the ‘right’ thing with your life,” says Cal Newport. Almost any interest “can be transformed into a passion with hard work, so there’s no reason to sweat choices such as [a university degree] or your first post-college career.” If you’re fortunate […]

OUR FANTASIES SAP OUR MOTIVATION…

October 16th, 2014

[P]icturing an imaginary glass of water might make people less motivated to get up and head to the watercooler or the tap in order to quench their real, non-imaginary thirst. This conclusion is precisely the reverse of one of the central tenets of pop psychology: the idea that picturing the future you desire makes it […]

WHILE I WAS ON RETREAT, PART II…

October 7th, 2014

Ohio police given ‘pep talk’ ahead of Walmart shooting saved 14 days ago. Defense Contractors Are Making a Killing saved 14 days ago. Former Treasury Officials Are Manipulating American Journalists saved 14 days ago. How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb saved 14 days ago. Insane Traffic Stop Tests ‘Show Me Your […]

YOU ARE WHERE YOU FIND YOURSELF…

October 7th, 2014

We think we’re making a fresh start when really we’re only adjusting one or two of countless variables. But there’s a deeper problem: the concept of the fresh start suggests a very bizarre notion of the self. It implies that you can “stand back” from your personality characteristics, nominate some of them for change, then […]

WHILE I WAS ON RETREAT, PART I…

October 6th, 2014

The myth of religious violence saved 13 days ago. Walmart video: police killed man on cellphone saved 13 days ago. Syria Becomes the 7th Muslim Country Bombed saved 13 days ago. Mohammed Is the Top Baby Name saved 13 days ago. Apple Still Has Plenty of Your Data saved 13 days ago. Master Class in […]

FINDING A BETTER WAY TO FEEL COMFORTED…

October 6th, 2014

The subtler problem is that we tend to think about habit change wrongly. (I’m not talking about physiological addictions.) We get trapped in a paradox: we want to, say, stop watching so much TV, but on the other hand, demonstrably, we also want to watch lots of TV – after all, we keep doing it […]

REAL EXPERTS ARE TOO BUSY DOING…

October 5th, 2014

[T]here’s something jarring about being told, say, how to manage your time by someone who spends their life immersed in time-management systems: the rest of us don’t have time to live like that, which is kind of the whole point. Or take the pop-psychology cliché of discovering your “life purpose”. This might be a valid […]

GONE THINKING…

September 24th, 2014

For the next 10 days, Thursday, 25 September through through Saturday, 4 October, I will be on retreat and enjoying an Electronic Fast. I’ll be reachable by phone and I’ll check emails once a day for emergencies, but don’t expect any new posts until Sunday, 5 October. Enjoy.

24 HOURS TO HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT…

September 24th, 2014

Living on 24 Hours saved 27 days ago. Westminster Crackers saved 19 days ago. Willpower Expert Roy Baumeister on Staying in Control saved 3 days ago. Immigration protest cancelled over Mexican cartels ‘death threats’ saved 2 days ago. ‘We attribute too much to luck. Luck is an atheistic word for God’ saved 2 days ago. […]

RULE NO. 82: COOK…

September 22nd, 2014

Rule No. 82 – Cook. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

RULE NO. 81: GROW SOME OF YOUR FOOD…

September 21st, 2014

Rule No. 81 – Plant a Vegetable Garden if You Have the Space, a Window Box if You Don’t. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

RULE NO. 80: COMPOST…

September 20th, 2014

Rule No. 80 – Compost. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

THE CROWN OF SELF CONTROL

September 19th, 2014

Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centred, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any […]

RULE NO. 79: TREAT TREATS AS TREATS …

September 19th, 2014

Rule No. 79 – Treat Treats as Treats. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

RULE NO. 78: EAT WITH OTHERS…

September 18th, 2014

Rule No. 78 – Eat with Other People Whenever You Can. We should look for someone to eat with before looking for something to eat and drink. —Epicurus From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY INDEX CARD…

September 17th, 2014

I am obsessed with index cards. A number of us, actually, suffer from this condition. For several years, the largely blog-based movement known as “lifehacking” has embraced the unassuming index card as an unrivalled tool for personal organisation – a dirt-cheap, portable medium for keeping lists, taking notes, brainstorming, memorising, organising your schedule, or leaving […]

RULE NO.77: DON’T CLEAN YOUR PLATE…

September 17th, 2014

Rule No. 77 – Leave Something on Your Plate. (This one will be particularly hard, but good practice to strengthen discipline.) From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY

September 16th, 2014

We face a “coming dark age”, cautions Maggie Jackson in Distracted, one of the better recent works on the topic. She fears an “attention-deficit future” in which we’ll live shallow, fragmented, joyless lives, robbed of our powers of “deep focus”. It doesn’t disprove this thesis to observe that people have been saying similar things at […]

RULE NO. 76: PUT FLOWERS ON THE TABLE…

September 16th, 2014

Rule No. 76 – Place a Bouquet of Flowers on the Table and Everything Will Taste Twice as Good. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

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