Monthly Archives: September 2015

Achieving Your Level of Misery

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What would you do with more leisure time?

Regarding careers, common knowledge within America seems to be that greater responsibility, money, and titleship indicate greater career success.  However, deep down many of us know through personal experience that this is not always true on an individual scale.

“Why don’t people stop rising when they are happy? Because we are built to think that more is better — more power, authority, money and responsibility. So we incorrectly infer that promotions will equal greater satisfaction,” says Arthur C. Brooks.

We all have a certain appetite for  work and exertion–especially that which is meaningful, engaging, challenging, or perhaps rhythmic.  The domain could be mental or physical.  An outlet for efforts is needed for maintaining health and wellbeing.

Let us call the point where the scales of responsibility and freedom even out the bliss point.  It has been called a zone, but I think it is much more elusive and delicate than that term implies.

We must remove the stigma of achieving the personal bliss point as a failure,  when it means moving anywhere except up (such as lateral or down).

I have noticed a steadily increasing tension over the course of the four years I have been working full-time.  At first, my career drive was fear-based, and I was pleased to work hard so that I could be financially independent and able to set up my life the way I wanted.  Now, the passage of time is making itself more apparent, and excess effort feels unappreciated, and so this feels like a tradeoff; we can always get more money but we can never get more time.  If I am not enjoying most every moment, is my life worse off than being in a career that is financially riskier?  What is financial security if not creating the ability to live in the moment?  Obviously, having some savings allows this dream of a less-demanding or tedious career to even come up.  Regardless of outcome, this exercise in thought can either validate your decisions or cause you to try a new course.

I believe in seasons within life, and that there are more right paths than wrong.  Out of respect for this principle, I encourage you to seek your bliss point without regard for amusing people who do not really notice or care about your happiness.  For those who do care, they should be supportive no matter what.

 

 

 

Casual Dress and its Ramifications on Western Society

One of the best things about living in Miami was that people there got dressed before leaving the house.  More than just covering their bodies in fabric, they made themselves thoroughly presentable: time taken to select a look, hair done, nails done, make up on, outfitted and accessorized, complete with a wallet and watch that each cost enough to indicate that the individual was not financially destitute.  Even when the SoBe styling was of sparse bodily coverage, and the shoes veered toward the rediculous, it at least meant people had put forth a little bit of thought and effort.

If you have studied history, you may have noticed that up until a few decades ago, the same people who lacked indoor plumbing, electricty, automobiles, washing machines, and healthcare still took more pride in their physical forms than most Americans do today.

Reasons include the separation of clothing from indication of socioeconomic status, and individualism, according to a recent article on American casualness.  While it is now acceptable to alternate mode of dress depending on mood and resources, what’s lost is one aspect of respect for oneself–and more damagingly, the willingness to project this value, and in turn command a treatment worthy of one’s invaluable humanity.  No, a person should not have to be well-dressed to be treated “a certain way,” and yet–in this fallen world–they do, so Lady accepts it.  This lack of value of the physical self could also contribute to the obesity epidemic.

Remember, no style IS a style, as well as a refusal to accept that we live in a world where sight is one of the five senses that people use to process and evaluate their surroundings.  We must first acknowledge these human limitations of perception in order to master them.

 

Your Next Fitness Tracker Could Be Your Car

Forbes has just written a piece on possibilities for health metric integration in cars.  Smart cars that already integrate with smart applications could take biometrics.

For little to no additional cost, our cars, amongst our biggest assets and our constant companion, will soon provide this useful feedback that can make us feel better about time spent behind the wheel–even though we are being sedentary, we are learning about our bodies’ needs: heart rate, blood pressure, weight, etc.  Healthy driving!

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