#wisdom

The blue bird of happiness is a myth.

I don’t need to tell you that the world feels angrier—more intolerable—by the minute. People are mad at other people for one-to-seven reasons or another. Recently I caught an angry post by someone who has always come across to me as level-headed and jovial. They were angry at others for thinking that a popular social platform might fail. Their response baffled me. Is that really something to be so irritated about? Then again, we live in extraordinary times in which we threw being rational out the window long ago.

When I think about this moment, the greater intolerance and anger of the recent past, and even the times I’ve blown up over my own irrationality, my mind goes to the wisdom of age. You may have read the same article or two I have that contains pearls of wisdom from an older generation. The common thread of lessons learned (usually the hard way) is to choose tolerance and love over anything else, relationships over grudges, and friendship over self-absorbed moral high ground. The prevailing thought is to free yourself of anger and rigidity because it limits your ability to live a happy life.

I don’t think I’ve ever read about anyone who felt happier because of a social media platform.

#wisdom / Minimums and Maximums.

I love this thought shared by Shawn Blanc today.

Have a minimum amount of time set aside for the good, the deep, and the essential things.

Have a maximum amount of time set aside for those things which are shallow and not essential.

The simplicity of this system makes it impossible to ignore. It reminds me of Warren Buffets who “reportedly spends as much as six hours a day reading books." Spending hours each day on learning (maybe not as much as Warren) seems like a great way to invest a minimum amount of time to set aside for good.

Thanks Shawn, I needed this today.