Intermission

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

I generally am going nonstop doing something most days. And as much as I try to keep a healthy balance between creating and nourishing, I don’t always succeed, and the scale tips towards too much go-go-going.

I often have to remind myself — there’s more to life than finishing todo lists.

There’s time for friends. There are days off. There are fiction books (and not just business books). There’s nature. There’s rest — sleep is required/around for a reason.

It’s easy to forget that you are a human being, not a computer.

Don’t forget to pause throughout the day and take care of yourself. Eat well. Breathe well. Stand up and move more. Take a break and have an interesting conversation. Take care of your mind, body, and spirit and you’ll be much more creative and capable (and less hangry) than you would be otherwise.

Don’t just think—feel.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #969

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Autopilot Life

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucius

We often live life on autopilot. Going where the wind (of others) takes us. I don’t think we have complete control over our lives, but at the very least we can say a prayer to ourselves and put our hands on the wheel.

It’s difficult to see what you are doing wrong, if anything, without proper reflection on what you’re doing.

Just because you’re going in a certain direction doesn’t make it a direction that works out for you.

There is no right or wrong direction per se. It’s more like there is the direction we can choose to take that align better to who we are and what we want out of life versus going against who we are (or who we want to be).

Many mistakes can happen when you go in and wing it. While over-preparation can hurt momentum, it never hurts to be more prepared rather than unprepared and caught off guard. It’s like they say, it’s better to go to a party overdressed (to the nines) than underdressed.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #838

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Take 5

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Oscar Wilde

A new year and a new decade are upon us. It’s easy to go through life without actually pausing and considering what we are doing and why we are doing it. So in between exchanging presents and stuffing our faces with pie and cookies like the Fat Schmidt in us all, take some time to think about your past year and what you want your life to look like. Take a breather. Grab some paper and a pen and sit with yourself:

  • Who do you want to be?
  • Where do you want to give your time?
  • What’s a priority to you?
  • What brings me joy?
  • What do I need to do less of? What do I need to do more of?
  • What do I need to start?

Most of us live our lives like the toss of a paper airplane — we throw and hope the wind takes us where we need it to0. Of course, not everything is in our control. Trying to plan every second of your life will inevitably be messed up by something bigger than yourself. Yet, it’s good to know if you are, at the very least, aiming for the right direction. Nobody wants to reach the end of their life and realize they’ve been facing the wrong direction the entire way. There’s always a chance to turn around, but wouldn’t it be better if we knew sooner rather than later?

That’ why it’s healthy to pause every opportunity you can (make) and think about what you’ve been doing and where it’s leading you.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #787

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