Archive for the ‘happiness’ Category

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

Robertson Davies

Doesn’t take much

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I have acquired professional-level skills in career counseling, journalism, rose breeding, screenplay writing, and strong amateur-level skills as an actor and play director without ever having taken a course in any of the above.

And how he did it is unbelievably simple for anyone with some time and a lot of self-confidence. For the record, this guy is a top-of-the-field career counsellor and world-class rose breeder.

I like.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

“Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost.”

-Oscar Wilde


Overall market indicators of my personal satisfaction are improving year by year

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

I’ve realized recently that the last 2-3 years of my life have seen dramatic overall improvement. This is marked by at least the following three significant changes/factors:

  • A shift away from cynicism: I no longer immediately attempt to find the fault in things. Instead, I evaluate strengths and weaknesses to identify value and limitations
  • A shift from observing to doing: For a long time I have watched the world. Reading blogs, watching movies, attending meetings, whatever. Lately, I find that I want to participate. I realized that all of the interesting people I read about and know have one significant thing in common: they are doing things. I no longer even think that it maters so much what exactly you do, so ling as you participate actively.
  • General shift towards thinking positively: This falls in with the shift away from cynicism, and marks my own general change in perspective and attitude away from my former default negativity and into a mode of thinking positively. How I think about events, issues, people, and even myself has a profound impact on the way I feel and on my level of motivation in general.

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Friday, November 30th, 2007

The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.

It fell to Neville Chamberlain in one of the supreme crises of the world to be contradicted by events, to be disappointed in his hopes, and to be deceived and cheated by a wicked man. But what were these hopes in which he was disappointed? What were these wishes in which he was frustrated? What was that faith that was abused? They were surely among the most noble and benevolent instincts of the human heart – the love of peace, the toil for peace, the strife for peace, the pursuit of peace, even at great peril, and certainly to the utter disdain of popularity or clamour. Whatever else history may or may not say about these terrible, tremendous years, we can be sure that Neville Chamberlain acted with most perfect sincerity according to his lights and strove to the utmost of his capacity and authority, which were powerful, to save the world from the awful devastating struggle in which we are now engaged…

Herr Hitler protests with frantic words and gestures that he has only desired peace. What do these ravings and outpouring count before the silence of Neville Chamberlain’s tomb?

-Winston Churchill in tribute to Neville Chamberlain, 1940

via The Happiness Project