To be born means being compelled to choose an era, a place, a life. To exist here, now, means to lose the possibility of being countless other potential selves...once being born, there is no turning back. And I think that's exactly why the fantasy worlds so strongly represent our hopes and yearning. They illustrate a world of lost possibilities for us.
| Hayao Miyazaki
professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive abilities to your limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate
replace the idea of being 'productive' with instead being 'processive' - you cannot expect to build something new every day, you can expect to advance deeper into the process given a sufficiently strong intention
"If a man brings a good mind to what he reads he may become, as it were, the spiritual descendant to some extent of great men, and this link, this spiritual hereditary tie, may help to just kick the beam in the right direction at a vital crisis; or may keep him from drifting through the long slack times when, so to speak, we are only fielding and no balls are coming our way."
- Rudyard Kipling
The Uses of Reading
Something of Myself
For My Friends Known and Unknown