What If Money Was No Object?

Alan Watts is a favorite of mine, a wise man and there are many talks available online. “What If Money Was No Object?” gives food for thoughts – what would you do if money was no object?

Video: What If Money Was No Object? – Alan Watts

You can watch the video below or at YouTube at What If Money Was No Object? – Alan Watts.

There’s a cartoon version available at Alan Watts – What If Money Were No Object (comics with sound).

The value of quitting

The post Why I love to quit popped up in my stream again. It’s a valuable post since it gives a different view of quitting.

By not quitting, we’re saying no to all other opportunities. We’re saying no to trying different routes or options, or doing something in a new way. We’re saying no to spending our time, money and effort elsewhere

Quitting is a direct action that leads to a more thoughtful and efficient way of spending our limited resources. There’s value in choice, in quitting, and in accepting that neither is failure. Quitting is really just opening up to new, possibly unknown, opportunities. Yes, it could lead to everything going to shit, but if it’s already gone to shit, why not quit?

Simplicity

Success Soul had an interview with Leo Babauta on Simplicity, Clarity, Happiness and Success. Shilpan asked:

What is the single most important advice for my readers to use simplicity for their personal development?

I like Leo’s answer and his definiton of simplicity:

Simplicity is, at its core, just choosing the essential over the non-essential. It’s a way to make the most use of your time, to be more effective, and to do the things you love.

Start by identifying 4-5 things you really love — those are the essentials in your life — then build your life around those things. Eliminate as much of the rest as possible. The same is true of work tasks and projects, of the things you spend on, on the clutter in your house — choose the essential and eliminate the rest.

The essence of his answer sounds easy – choose the essential and eliminate the rest – but is harder to implement.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Health at BBC

BBC has a section called BBC Health. That sections had a part about Healthy living which among other things covered Fitness. I like and agree with their introduction:

Maintaining a ‘keep fit’ lifestyle doesn’t have to mean slogging it out in a sweaty gym. Just boosting your levels of general daily activity will reap big rewards in improved health and energy.

There was also a section about Nutrition with this introduction:

You are what you eat
A good diet is central to overall good health, but which are the best foods to include in your meals, and which ones are best avoided? This section looks at the facts, to help you make realistic, informed choices.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

What are you willing to leave behind?

I got this in one of my Daily Forwards Step:

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
André Gide

This rings true to me, we often have to leave things behind to be able to find something new.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Which tiger are you feeding?

I got this quote in one of my Daily Forwards Step:

An old man said to his grandson, “Boy, I have two tigers caged within me. One is love and compassion. The other is fear and anger.” The young boy asked, “Which one will win, grandfather?” The old man replied, “The one I feed.”
Indian tale

I prefer to feed love and compassion, which tiger are YOU feeding?

Can you distinguish essential from non-essential?

This question turned up in my Daily Forwards Step. There was also this quote:

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang

This quote is also in the Zen To Done e-book. In Turning 2008 into 80-20 at my other blog I write about separating the chaff from the wheat using the 80/20 rule.

Question: Can YOU distinguish essential from non-essential?

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Starting New

DailyOM today is about Starting New – A Moment Of Choice. Part of the text goes like this:

Making the choice to start anew has its own energy — it’s a promise made to you. The forward momentum creates a sort of vacuum behind it, pulling toward you all you need to help you continue moving in your chosen direction. Once the journey has begun, it may take unexpected turns, but it never really ends. Like cycles in nature, there are periods of obvious growth and periods of dormancy that signal a time of waiting for the right moment to burst forth. Each time we choose to start anew we dedicate ourselves to becoming the best we are able to be.

Source: DailyOM

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.