I believe that we are all one. All cut from the fabric of the universe. Our experience does not end in death. It is a passing of this cycle and the beginning of something else. Life exists in many forms.
I am grateful to have felt many great emotions that come with being a human. I cherished the gift of life, my family, friends, and fellow humans. I sought to understand myself and this world to the greatest extent possible. I hope for the opportunity to continue doing this, but gracefully accept my fate if I fall.
I love you but see you for what you are
A fragment of my mind
A passage of time
That I have overcome
“It replicates itself.”
“The thing I created. I shouldn’t have done that. I messed up. It’s a loop. It’s never going to stop. If I did this in a program it would crash. Yet, here we are in reality.”
“How do you feel?”
“I’m ok. Just feel fucking weird right now.”
“How do you stop a loop?”
“There needs to be an out statement.”
“What does that mean?”
“There needs to be something that tells the loop to stop. Otherwise, it goes on forever.”
“What does forever mean? You mean we’re stuck like this?”
“I’m not sure. We need to spin up a magnetic field. Now. Or we’ll know what infinity tastes like.”
“How much time do we have?”
“Not long. Can you walk?”
“Sure. Where are we going?”
“I need circuit boards. Maybe if I get my hands on a microcontroller, I can buy us a little more time.”
It’s like she woke up something
inside of me that I never knew I had
something so great that it altered my world
a complete flip
levels of strength and love
that I never knew existed
I woke up she woke me up
life before was a dream
this is a fairy tale
this can’t be real
Money? > Can’t take it to the grave.
Love? > Enjoy it, but we came to this world alone and leave alone.
Power? > Once you have it, you only want more.
Religion? > Invented by man to explain the unexplainable.
Fame? > The grass is always greener… and most people are weary of it once they have it.
Work? > Try something else.
How lost we all are? > Just accept it. Find your own reasons to keep going.
Judgement by others? > People are mostly concerned with themselves.
Pleasure? > Desire and feelings are fleeting.
People? > Check the ego. We are all one, part of something greater than any individual.
I like to remember the Pareto Principle, AKA the 80/20 rule, when assessing where to spend my time and energy. It is a popular idea in economics and business. Some general cases where it applies:
- 20% of the input creates 80% of the result.
- 20% of the workers produce 80% of the result.
- 20% of the customers create 80% of the revenue.
Source: Better Explained
Applying this principle to other areas, perhaps by focusing efforts on the 20% in any part of our lives:
- 20% of the people you know may provide 80% of the positive feelings, love and connection.
- The amount of effort it takes to achieve something may only be 20% of what you think you need to do.
- 20% of energy in a workout creates 80% of the desired fitness and health.
- 20% of food consumed creates 80% of desired nutritional benefits.
- 20% of time spent leads to 80% of results.
- 80% of happiness is derived from 20% of your activities.
Disclaimer: No scientific basis for the above. I am extrapolating and exploring possibilities which may or may not be true.
Maybe by aiming for the best 20%, I can create more of my desired outcomes, conserve energy and succeed more in health, love, work and life.
Ideas are more impactful when we use fewer words to convey them. Want to sound smarter? Be a better writer? Explain something clearly? Be precise with your words. Use as few as possible.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. – Dalai Lama
Take a “DIY” approach to your spirituality. Don’t settle for pre-packaged ideology, unless it feels right for you. For me, a constantly-developing hybrid model of Buddhism, psychology and philosophy seems to work. (Examples at bottom of this post.)
Spiritual activities grow the sense of interconnectedness between ourselves, other humans and animals, the universe, and a divinity/creator, if you believe in one. Some people derive this sense of oneness from listening to a pastor’s sermon and singing songs at church. For others, yoga, meditation, sex, being immersed in nature, drug use, or a captivating musical performance may bring the same feelings. Find what works for you.
I am cautious of “pre-packaged” spirituality. Some religions come to mind: “Do x, y and z things and receive a bountiful afterlife.” Religion can be spiritually rich, but I think skepticism is healthy when considering religious doctrine.
Develop your spirituality by learning about different ideas, religions, and philosophies. Keep a “DIY” spiritual mindset. By following our own spiritual curiosity, we find activities that help us feel more at ease, connected and alive.
Examples of ideas that help me:
Philosophy // Alan Watts
Religion // Buddhism
Spiritual // Mysticism
Art/Music // Music and Spirituality
Nature // Forest Bathing
Psychology // Carl Jung and The Self
How long is a friend a friend
when they don’t treat you like one?
Is friendship simply perseverance and forgiveness?
What makes a friend?
Where does friendship end?
A friend is someone who sees the good and the bad
and knows when to let it be known
without bias or selfishness,
simply because they have your best interests in mind.
Someone who sees you over time
and wants you to succeed
in the ways that make you happy.
Who will back you up enough
to ease a situation’s weight,
without disregarding morality or courtesy,
without doing wrong to supposed enemies
or speaking ill of those targets of unease.
How long is a friend a friend?
Until a human decides that humans are not for them.
What makes a friend a friend?
Where does friendship end?