Living The Good Life

I reflect upon good and bad and properly use these impressions,

Command my will,

Some say, I have consciousness.

Understand and know, I am conscious.

Shame not consciousness or do it harm,

Here is my strength: I can get what I want and avoid what I don’t want, use the proper impulse, a careful purpose, use a studied assent.

This is my job: to practice living ‘the good life’.

Do No Harm

You can read and put it into practice and journal about it.

You can talk to others about it.

But we really need to learn how to live.

To live is to learn, love, laugh and begin to build a life and a legacy.

With each life built this way, others need not reinvent the way.

But life has up and down and most of us get broken and need time to mend.

It is a challenge to live and do no harm.

We cause much damage to ourselves and others.

When we loose sight of our harm, we do more harm.

It is a big concern for all who strive to live a good life.

The Difference Between Success And Failure

After meditation on two great ideas, there is a third that may shine a little light on a big problem.

First, “The Secret”, by Earl Nightongale may be dated but it was the start of something new, namely self-improvement.

Advice is nothing new, “If” by Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem to his son with the point of view of a concerned human being.

There is also a philosophy that states it is best to define your terms and be specific as possible about your predictive science.

So with this in mind, ‘Success’ is a triumph or a win which is part of an axiomatic idea that strikes through it on the way to failure.

Failure is an attempt at winning something being practiced to produce a desired outcome, but does not work.

Many people advise trying until the outcome, win or success is won. But this is a false impression.

Correlation shows something like a bell curve. Lots of practice for various degrees of success and failure.

So maybe there is something to Kipling’s advice, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.”

Personal development can also get you on the road to success. Yet, mostly it is education and other forms of work that the correlations show as outcomes.

Many of us suffer and need help along the way to personal improvement or any other form or difference in our outcomes.

Perhaps your outcomes are more alike than you would like to know. A few are successes and some are failures.

To try again is probably in the cards but prepare for the next failure.

It is a normal outcome that becomes an experience to live and learn. So does the success. Preparation works for both outcomes.

Location may vary and resources too, focus on the process, execution and learning from experience is the goal.

Along the way share and accept help that is available and try to do your best.

It’s gems like Nightingale’s ‘Secret’ and Rudyard “If” that make all the difference between success and failure.

Life’s experience is always about both and we are here to live in peace with all the experience that’s part of it.

Birds That Flock Together Stay Together

”Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”
~Seneca
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stoic-self-reflect-journaling/id1312926037?l=pl&ls=1&mt=8

In this Dialogue Johnathan and Michael talk about hanging out.

Michael: who do you think you are?

Johnathan: a talking bird.

M: okay, but you act like a friend, don’t you?

J: You are my friend Michael.

M: And I am yours. Walk with me.

J: Fly with me.

Ig Nobel Or Nobel (prize)

Nuclear reactors or the atomic bomb, military invented the internet…

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/waging-war/a-new-generation/the-military-invented-the-internet-what-next-1.html?play

Although it is good to have technology and the transfer of knowledge is also usually a good thing, we still need to be a critical thinker, even a skeptic about the use and application of the truth.

Teacher Vs. Student: The Way

In the east, there is a mystical presence felt by those in the west. In this dialogue, the teacher shows the student how to find the power in breathing for compassion, simplicity and patience.

Teacher: You must breathe in your belly to calm your body. Or into your chest to warm yourself and accept your pain.

Student: how do I find balance, when do I breathe one way or the other?

T: Just breathe and ask me again when you know the answer.

Student: Will I ever know?

Moral Crosswords

What is the proper use of impressions?

Take any feeling and assess its value.

For example, I feel good about writing this poem.

Will it do me or others harm?

Not yet, at least I am unaware.

Am I doing it out of a craving or unnecessary want?

No, I need the practice, for myself and others.

Am I aware of any other necessary action?

I need to edit it.

Am I aware of any other reasons or beliefs?

Not at present, but there are plenty from my past.

Are there any other changes?

I just need to publish.

This kind of moral inventory is what is meant by learning to use the ‘proper use of impressions .’