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War against interruption and distraction.

Management and efficiency studies in the work place tell us that one hour of uninterrupted time is worth three hours of time that is constantly interrupted. As the old saying says, winners focus, losers spray.


Time Warrior

by Steve Chandler


Sadness, depression, frustration, upset, and anxiety can only be produced by seeing a situation and then producing an interpretation of it and then believing that interpretation. So, you and I can only be overwhelmed by our thoughts about something, never the thing itself.

One person sees rain and gets sad because of their story about rain that they're believing ( "It's gloomy, it means I'll be cooped up.") . Another person sees rain and gets happy because of their story about rain ( "It's refreshing. It's romantic. It grows my garden"). It's the same rain in both cases. Rain has no meaning until we add it.

In both cases, it is the thought believed that is causing the feeling. Something happens, and we add the meaning of it.


The mind makes all future tasks big and scary. So we procrastinate. Even little things, when we imagine doing them in the future, get distorted and take on frightening proportions. Because the imagination, when it ventures into the future, always find the worst case.

Action is the answer, but not always big action. Try to give your task 3 minutes of your time. Small action, tiny action. And make sure the action is effortless. As they say in zen, effortless effort. 3 minutes then walk. Quit. Bail. Walk away. (if you can, that is. But in my experience, 9 times out of 10 I get excited by how easy this thing really was all along! It was just masquerading as big and scary seen through the lens of my worst case future).


You have to make your goals shorter. Short-term "process goals" that you always finished and felt good about.

Procees goals can encourage us to enjoy the present moment. They are brief and achievable. Set up process goals and fun tasks and projects so we never had to worry about the future outcome goals.

The best futures get created in the present moment. The worst thing is to be so worried about your future that you miss creating it right now right here in the present moment.


When we imagine that we are overwhelmed by outside events ( options/ tough choices/ situations/ ways of making money/ etc), it is an illusion, because the brain doesn't even function that way. Only a thought believed can produce a feeling of overwhelm.


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Buridan’s Ass

A thirsty donkey is placed exactly midway between two pails of water. It dies because it can’t make a rational decision about which one to choose. A form of decision paralysis.



Special powers attributed to gems

Many legends from different cultures share the idea that jewels are of divine or superhuman origin.

  • The Amythyst was said to have been created from the tears of the Greek god Dionysus.
  • The onyx from Venus's fingernails.
  • Opals are said to be created when the Aboriginals' ancestral God came to Earth in a rainbow.
  • Moonstone was believed to be a way of communicating with the gods.
  • Jade still is used to attract good fortune,
  • Rubies are said to help in warfare.
  • Emeralds to protect travellers,
  • Diamonds to have powers over love and health.
  • Pearls were a symbol of power for kings, queens, Maharajas, and Chinese Emperors.



Two of the biggest innovations

Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.

  • Adolphus Greely, a brigadier general, was one of the first people outside the car industry to consider the usefulness of a "horseless carriage." He bought three cars in 1899 for the U.S. Army to experiment with. It was envisioned to be used as transportation of light artillery such as machine guns, to carry equipment, ammunition, and supplies.
  • The Wright brothers saw the prospects of their new flying machine to be used as a reconnoitering agent in a time of war. The U.S. Army purchased the first "flyer" in 1908.