No two journeys are the same
Note that, as you improve, you may be tempted to demand the same from other people. Refrain from that urge. Instead, keep the standard you develop for yourself personal.
Natta, Matthew Van. The Beginner's Guide to Stoicism: Tools for Emotional Resilience and Positivity (p. 64). Althea Press. Kindle Edition.
It’s tempting to expect others to act like us, grow like us, and think like us. We think things like, I realize the value of exercise; why don't they? Or, I see the value in not losing touch; why don't they? But then, as soon as those thoughts come up, we have to recognize there was a time when we didn't prioritize exercise, and there was a time when we spent our time selfishly as well.
Every person is on a different journey of living and discovery. Some people realize important things early on, and some of us come to those realizations much later. As I reflect on my life, I can see how, early in my life, I never hesitated to ask friends for help, but I often neglected to offer them my help. I wish I had been more helpful, but my journey led me to this realization later, and that's ok.
We cannot expect people to follow our path; they have their own path. And, just as we need encouragement to walk our path, we must also encourage them to walk theirs.
Great reading from this week
New Cognitive Research Shows Gaining Knowledge and Achieving Mastery Comes Down to the Rule of 7
The surprise from this article is that apparently, all people learn at the same rate; they just have different starting points.
Gen Z slang: your one-stop, no-judgment guide
I’m not gonna lie; I didn’t know most of these…
Use the 30-90 Rule to Take the Perfect Nap
Quick summary, nap for less than 30 minutes or more than 90 minutes. I sense a 100-minute nap in my future.
Great podcasts from this week
Juggling and bicycles - Akimbo from Seth Godin
This was a great podcast with a perspective on how to learn things and how to make that process better. His description of how to learn to juggle was fascinating.
Robert Waldinger ON: Why We Struggle to Connect & How to Stop Toxic Habits from Breaking Our Spirit - On Purpose with Jay Shetty
This was a great interview with a researcher that is a part of the longest-running study on human happiness. If you want to know how to live a happier life, this is worth your time.
Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day - Jay Shetty
This book was fantastic for helping me change my perspective on many things. It helped me enjoy cleaning, learn to better reflect on my thoughts and feelings, and slow down before I react.
My Podcasts to check out
Tech Talk Y'all - My tech/comedy news podcast.
Real Pink - I host the national podcast for Susan G. Komen. If you want some inspiration or information about breast cancer, give it a listen.
While Daring Greatly - My podcast.
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