The 1000th Post On How To Find Your Passion In Life

Not my 1000th post; I have only a little over 200.

This is a rather unusual post from a James Altucher.  I have no what he normally writes about; however,  from what I can see here, it is about innovation and entrepreneurship.  I do appreciate what he is saying; be curious.   I agree!

He then goes on to suggest.  Three steps to follow your passion.

First.  What would you do if you had a billion dollars?

Second.  What are the top five most important achievements you would like to achieve?   Work on the top three.

Third.  What is your Plan B?

Follow the link I found James’s  ideas useful.  Be curious and act.

How anyone could find out what their passion is. The people who feel stuck in their lives.

Source: The 1000th Post On How To Find Your Passion In Life

From the surface.

From the surface.

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The Crossroads of Should and Must — Medium

This is worth reading.  The essay  linked to is a thoughtful on exploring the difference between should and must.  A great beginning for a new week.

My position is that I “must” write about science, beauty and sustainability; I feel much happier and fulfilled when I regularly write here.

Choosing Must creates the kind of work that puts ripples through the universe.

But it starts as a whisper, a call from somewhere far away.

The Crossroads of Should and Must — Medium.

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Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’ – ThinkProgress

Over the last year I am finding more and more articles that make this point.

Solar is becoming cheap!  Good news!

Source: Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’ – ThinkProgress

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Chocolate Can Make You Smarter, Proves a 40-year Study – The Minds Journal

A surprising result suggests that chocolate benefits brain function; although the authors are not sure why.  The abstract from the journal pretty much confirms the headline.  What I find surprising is that the health (Clearly negative)  effects of the sugar and fat don’t over whelm the stimulating (positive) effects of the methylxanthines and the, presumably, oxidant benefits of the flavanols.

The link just goes to the news report that piqued my curiosity.  The paper reference is below.

Thanks Science !

Source: Chocolate Can Make You Smarter, Proves a 40-year Study – The Minds Journal

Crichton, G.E., Elias, M. F. and Alkerwi A.  (2016).  Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function:  The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study.  Appetite V. 100,  May.

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

In my view, this set of thinking tools has transformed our world from one that was; the small, dark, violent and horrible one  the medieval time to a world that is; the complex, delightful and challenging world we life in today.  And we live longer, healthier, and better.

Systematic use of the ideas in this tool kit, by a small proportion of us, has changed the world.  Imagine the world, if more of us used these tools.

Read the article, read Carl Sagan’s book; but if you can’t… “question everything”.

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

Source: The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

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Nature Therapy

We evolved in natural surroundings.   Today, we live stressed, harried lives in urban surroundings.  This is an important reason why we suffer anxiety and depression.

The attached article shows that time spent walking in nature can relax us, with expected long term benefits.

Understanding this is important; personally, we can choose to bring nature into our lives and; socially,  we can design our ways of life and our cities with nature.

Proof that exposure to nature can quiet the rumination of a worried mind.

Source: Nature Therapy

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Wanderlust: Rebecca Solnit on How Walking Vitalizes the Meanderings of the Mind

One of my favourite writers is Rebecca Solnit:  she speaks to me in a voice that reflects who I am.

In Wanderlust, Rebecca explores walking in all its beauty and simplicity.  Walking is one of those things, like eating, that can give wonderfully sensuous  pleasure; when we pay attention or it is, just, a simple utilitarian act.  I inter-loaned this book and enjoyed it immensely.  I recommend it to you.

“I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness.”

Source: Wanderlust: Rebecca Solnit on How Walking Vitalizes the Meanderings of the Mind

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The Opposite of Depression Is Not Happiness

This is an interesting article.  The opposite to depression is resilience.  Yes, I agree.  We can build resilience by:  getting enough sleep, exercising, eating sensibly,  being curious and learning,  and by connecting with others and a purpose.  Standard stuff, the trick is to do it and be gentle with ourselves as we do.

My heroes struggled:  Winston Churchill,  John Kerwin, and, I suspect, Edmund Hillary  struggled at times.  We all do.

Kia Toa,   Kia Ngakaunui

You might think that happiness is the opposite of depression, but it is not. It’s emotional resilience and here is why.

Source: The Opposite of Depression Is Not Happiness

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Subvisual Subway: The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World – YouTube

This is a wonderful crossover art and science post.  The artist swabbed for bacteria all over the New York subway and presented the resultant plates as an art work.

It is a wonderful story.

 

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People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years — ScienceDaily

Occasionally there is evidence that people can support biodiversity.  This is an example of this.  I like this because not only is this an example of successful people, it is also an example of successful indigenous people.  Too often, for what ever reason, we are told stories of humans degrading their environment.  It is worth putting this in context, after a little over 200 years western capitalistic societies are on the brink of collapsing the natural environment.  But we have options;  that is the subject of this blog and this is a good example that we do have choices.

Human occupation is usually associated with deteriorated landscapes, but new research shows that 13,000 years of repeated occupation by British Columbia’s coastal First Nations has had the opposite effect, enhancing temperate rainforest productivity.

Source: People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years — ScienceDaily

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