“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”—Steve Jobs (via gcn and soupsoup) (via david)
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—
I was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in September, … and I wondered just how the people there - who had lived with war for 15 years - coped psychologically with the constant fears of their lives. Why weren’t they all on the verge of a nervous breakdown? How could they sit and laugh in the sun? The most plausible answer was that they did not have even the luxury of anxiety; their expectation of security had never extended much beyond the next hour or two. Anxiety is a disease of relative plenty; it arises not from fear at what you do not have, but fear of what you might lose.
We earn—this is a very rough average—twice what our parents did when they were our age. When today’s teenagers are in their 40s, there is no reason why they shouldn’t decide to enjoy their increased prosperity by working less instead of earning more. Rather than being twice as rich as their parents, they could be no richer but start their weekends on Wednesday afternoon.
While I like the idea, I think other people’s reaction (which, I imagine, would involve the word “lazy”) would probably be a pretty good deterrent.
All change originates within you today. If you don’t totally love what you see in the mirror, it’s up to you to make a few healthy improvements. If you’re so sick of a frenemy that you’d rather live on a deserted island than hear his or her voice, it’s up to you to draw the line and stop things while you still can. You won’t get anything accomplished today unless you take charge. Jupiter is offering an opportunity that only comes along every twelve years. Be the leader and stellar source of inspiration you were born to be. Whether you want to run a successful business or begin training to be a star athlete, today is your fresh start”
VERDICT: My healthy improvement - cutting my hair short. I can not stand looking at my dry, wispy, [sort of] longish hair in the mirror any longer. I’m in NEED of a new look and a fresh start … after all it is the new year, tis the season right? Right!
I construct the monthly newsletters at the gym I work. This is a blurb I wrote on resolutions.
Every January first millions of people make devout promises to themselves and others regarding vices they are going to eliminate and virtues they are hoping to acquire. However as the year increases on, the majority of these people tend to forget and/or grow tired of that promise. The following statistics illustrate this unfortunate fact in regards to how many resolutions are maintained as they year progresses, “past the first week: 75%, past 2 weeks: 71%, after one month: 64%, after 6 months: 46%”.
What makes people quit? Why are 54% of us giving up after 6 months? I don’t believe there is one specific answer for that question, however, I almost certain that it can be attributed with the failure for people to give themselves realistic goals. Some things are possible to stop cold turkey, and some things are easy to attain more quickly then others; however, the majority of things aren’t.
As we enter into another year, reflect back on the afformentioned resolutions-regardless of what it pertains to, i.e., personal growth, professional growth, spiritual growth, health or family-and consider whether or not you were realistic with yourself. Its important to realize that small steps are just as critical as larger ones, and that change and progression will transpire with persistance and of course time. Your resolutions won’t instantly transform you into the person you know you are capable of being, however they are one small step to getting there.
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland”
According to this article, 45 minutes of intellectual work while sitting uses only three more calories than the same amount of time spent sitting and resting.
However, despite the low energy cost of mental work, the students spontaneously consumed 203 more calories after summarizing a text and 253 more calories after the computer tests. This represents a 23.6 per cent and 29.4 per cent increase, respectively, compared with the rest period.
Definitely been there before.
Cheers! … to gaining 7 pounds this semester! Yikes. My goal for winter break is to, erm, lose that.
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”—Neil Gaiman (via lavenderlines) (via jessicachu)