What You’re Thinking About, You’re Becoming

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What you’re thinking about, you’re becoming.

Mohamed Ali once said this in an intimate interview.  It may be my favorite quote ever.  Simple enough to feel like you’ve known it all along, yet profound enough to shake you to your core.

But the mindset behind this quote from The Greatest was hardly a new notion at the time, nor is it yet completely forgotten nowadays.  For example, in the brief literary essay As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (1902) – about a 30 minute read – the foreword opens with this encapsulating verse:

Mind is the Master power that molds

and makes;

And Man is Mind, and evermore he

takes

The tool of Thought, and, shaping

what he wills,

Brings forth a thousand joys, a

thousand ills:-

He thinks in secret, and it comes to

pass:

Environment is but his looking-glass.

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What Shit Really Costs: Gas and The Power of Data

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After a long wait since my first installation of this series on the real cost of car ownership, I am here to add this to the mix.  I guess you could see it as supplemental to that post, since fuel economy and car ownership are inextricably linked.

Now, you may be wondering why I think that you give any hoots about what my gas mileage is when you’re vehicle is not the same?  Well, although I will get funky with a little bit of basic arithmetic and algebra, like most of my posts the point is the message – the mindset – rather than the details.  For me, gathering some data on something – some real, hard, data that I myself went and got on my own –  that has a monumental impact on my ability to incorporate real change into my life around that thing around which I am gathering data.

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Freedom Notes: Zen and the Art of Creative Curries

 

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Zen is a fascinating notion.  Often seen as some sort of illusive state, rather than what it really is, a practice.  Much like happiness and bitterness, Zen is a choice.  A choice to live your life and to view events in a certain way that will maximize the amount of inner peace you experience.  There is no magic involved.  Theteachings of the stoics are much the same: make the choice to make a practice of viewing life and all that happens with a certain lens and, eventually, that shall be the lens through which you happen to find yourself experiencing life.  It is to your benefit to choose a positive lens, and to train yourself to scrupulously distinguish between that within your control and that outside of your control.

As I have noted in the past, one of the main motivations behind this blog is to continue to remind myself of my goals and the things I’ve learned that I believe will help me.  And now seems like a timely occasion to remind myself of some of the simple and foundational pieces of a life well lived.  A life of Zen.

It really comes down to the small and simple things that we do consistently.

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The Resolution: May 2018

Well, folks. The tracking continues. May has passed us by and I continue to chase my elusive goal of spending just $1,250 CAD per month for an entire year. As we come up on the half-way mark of the year, I still haven’t managed to meet my goal once. And, despite hopes coming into the month that May would be different, I fell short once again, although not from far.

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