Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Who exactly do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be? What are your personal ideals? Whom do you admire? What are their special traits that you would make your own? It’s time to stop being vague. If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to become wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become. If you have a daybook, write down who you’re trying to be, so that you can refer to this self-determination. Precisely describe the demeanor you want to adopt so that you may preserve it when you are by yourself or with other people.”
Did you know…
… that today is Space 100 Day? In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on the 100th U.S. piloted space mission as it set off to dock with the Russian space station Mir. The mission delivered a relief crew of two cosmonauts to the station, along with recovering an American astronaut, and was the first in a series of seven straight missions to the station flown by Atlantis.
Do you ever struggle with impulse control or compulsiveness?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, everyone struggles with, in one form or another:
Overworking, overeating, overspending, overthinking, social media addiction, excessive alcohol or drug consumption, porn addiction, losing your temper, saying the wrong thing in social situations, laziness, procrastination …
The list of these types of behaviors you can struggle with goes on.
As Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct explains:
“The science of willpower makes clear that everyone struggles in some way with temptation, addiction, distraction, and procrastination. These are not individual weaknesses that reveal our personal inadequacies—they are universal experiences and part of the human condition.”
The science of willpower is a fascinating study that reveals ways to boost willpower over time. But it can also be a slow, arduous process that often yields limited results.
One of the main insights from the science of self-control is what psychologist Roy Baumeister termed ego depletion.
Essentially, we have a limited reserve of mental energy each day. The lower this reserve gets, the more behavioral issues we exhibit.
Emotions People Feel
But Can’t Explain
• Sonder: The realization that each
passerby has a life as vivid and
complex as your own.
• Opia: The ambiguous intensity of
Looking someone in the eye, which
can feel simultaneously invasive and
• Monachopsis: The subtle but
persistent feeling of being out of
• Énouement: The bittersweetness of
having arrived in the future, seeing
how things turn out, but not being
able to tell your past self.
• Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of
• Nodus Tollens: The realization that
the plot of your life doesn’t make
sense to you anymore.
Onism: The frustration of being
stuck in just one body, that inhabits
only one place at a time.
• Liberosis: The desire to care less
• Altschmerz: Weariness with the
same old issues that you’ve always
had — the same boring flaws and
anxieties that you’ve been gnawing
on for years.
• Occhiolism: The awareness of the
smallness of your perspective.
• Anecdoche: A conversation in which
everyone is talking, but nobody is
• Ellipsism: A spenese that you’ll never]
be able to know how history will turn
• Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion
inspired by acts of senseless
• Lachesism: The desire to be struck
by disaster — to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.
• Exulansis: The tendency to give up
trying to talk about an experience
because people are unable to relate
• Adronitis: Frustration with how long
it takes to get to know someone.
• Rückkehrunruhe: The feeling of
returning home after an immersive
trip only to find it fading rapidly from
• Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness
of your own heartbeat.
• Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn
atmosphere of a place that is usually
bustling with people but is now
abandoned and quiet.
• Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The
inexplicable urge to push people
away, even close friends who you
• Jouska: A hypothetical conversation
that you compulsively play out in
• Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility
of being indoors during a
• Vemödalen: The frustration of
photographic something amazing
when thousands of identical
There Once Lived A Great Mathematician In A Village Outside Ujjain .
He Was Often Called By The Local King To Advice On Matters Related To
The Economy .
His Reputation Had Spread As Far As Taxila In The North And Kanchi In
… So It Hurt Him When The Village Headman Told Him, “You May Be A Great Mathematician Who Advises The King On Economic Matters But Your Son Does Not Know The Value Of Gold Or Silver.”
The Mathematician Called His Son And Asked, “What Is More Valuable –
Gold Or silver?”
“Gold,” Said The Son. ”
That Is Correct.
Why Is It Then That The Village Headman Makes Fun Of You, Claims You
Do Not Know The Value Of Gold Or Silver?
He Teases Me Every Day. He Mocks Me Before Other Village Elders.
As A Father This Hurts Me. I Feel Everyone In The Village Is Laughing Behind My Back Because You Do Not Know What Is More Valuable, Gold Or Silver.
Explain This To Me, Son.”
So The Son Of The Mathematician Told His Father The Reason Why The Village Headman Carried This Impression.
“Every Day On My Way To School, The Village Headman Calls Me.
There, In Front Of All Village Elders, He Holds Out A Silver Coin In One
Hand And A Gold Coin In Other.
He Asks Me To Pick Up The More Valuable Coin.
I Pick The Silver Coin.
He Laughs, The Elders Jeer, Everyone Makes Fun Of Me.
This Happens Every Day On My Way To School.
That Is Why They Tell You I Do Not Know The Value Of Gold Or Silver.”
The Father Was Confused.
His Son Knew The Value Of Gold And Silver, And Yet When Asked To
Choose Between A Gold Coin And Silver Coin, He Always Picked The Silver Coin.
“Why Don’t You Pick Up The Gold Coin?” He Asked.
In Response, The Son Took The Father To His Room And Showed Him A Box. In The Box Were At Least A Hundred Silver Coins.
Turning To His Father, The Mathematician’ s Son Said, “The Day I Pick Up The Gold Coin The Game Will Stop.
They Will Stop Having Fun And I Will Stop Making Money.”
The Bottom Line Is…
Sometimes In Life, We Have To Play The Fool Because Our Seniors And Our Peers, And Sometimes Even Our Juniors Like It.
That Does Not Mean We Lose In The Game Of Life.
It Just Means Allowing Others To Win In One Arena Of The Game,
While We Win In The Other Arena Of The Game.
We Have To Choose Which Arena Matters To Us And Which Arenas Do Not……….
Have no Surprise. India is a country where DEMOCRAZY is OF, FOR and BY the business People and such cleverness is MOST APPRECIATED.
What parts of your body do you shave?
Drink something frozen until you get brain freeze.
You can’t discover new places if you never leave the comfort of your home.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Andre Gide)
If you wish to change the world all you need to do is start.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank)
|WORD OF THE DAY|
|Examples of Dramaturgy in a sentence
“The style of 20th-century dramaturgy is very different from classical theater.”
“I prefer the nuance of dramaturgy found on stage over anything you might see on television.”
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This one I thought provokes thoughts.
We’re seeing so many radical shifts in our society this year, it’s hard to keep up with it all. One thing I’ve been following closely, as a lifelong and diehard mobility geek, is the changes in the transportation sector.
In the past few months, we’ve been on a wild ride. During the lockdown, emissions tumbled and skies cleared as 50 percent of the world’s population was asked to stay home. Cities around the world gave cars the boot, closing streets to make room for recreation and physical distancing and seizing parking spaces for outdoor dining and other uses. But this good news for climate and clean air was countered by a plunge in bus and subway use, with transit systems in Boston, Chicago, and other cities seeing ridership drops of 85 to 95 percent.
Transportation isn’t just a way to get from here to there. It’s one of the fundamental ways we define ourselves, as individuals and as a society. We can choose to cloister ourselves in private cars that belch noxious fumes or we can go another route: carpool, ride-share, hop on the bus, ride a bike, grab the train, or even — as I did once upon a time in the pre-COVID days — commute by ferry. Public transit links people to jobs, to opportunities, and to each other. When we go places in the company of others, we become part of something greater than ourselves.
- Push for a cleaner transportation system. Primary-care physician Gaurab Basu prescribes a climate-friendly transportation system as a public-health solution. Do as the good doctor says: Whether you’re submitting comments on a transportation and climate initiative in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states or defending (a controversial!) high-speed rail in California, chances are there’s a transit system near you that needs your support.
- Be a cycle-path, bus to move, or … enter-train yourself? If your town or city is opening up, check out this whizbang app that collects in one place information about local bikeshares and scooter-shares, real-time transit schedules, and (if you must) details about ride-hailing services.
- Bike for justice. The first Ride for Racial Justice was organized last weekend in Denver and led to similar rides in other parts of the country. Organizers hope to expand to other cities soon.
- Pump it up. Sometimes our main excuse for not pedaling the streets comes down to this — we’ve got a flat tire. Get off the couch! Here’s our handy guide to solving that problem.
- Microtransit is gaining speed. Cities from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles are embracing microtransit apps, which make public transit available for people when and where they need it. “Imagine Uber and a city bus had a baby,” said one company rep. We can’t unsee that.
- Subways and buses are being exonerated. Despite the anxiety of — well, pretty much everyone everywhere — new research indicates that public transportation did not accelerate the spread of COVID-19. All aboard!
- Electric vehicles will get a Lyft. The ride-sharing company Lyft will switch to an electric fleet by 2030, a move that should lower emissions and bring down operating costs, and might even represent a win for social justice.
- If you build it, they will bike. A former New York City traffic commissioner is calling for a $100 million bridge to connect midtown Manhattan to Queens. It would be the first new bridge to Manhattan in decades — and (sensing a theme yet?) it’d be for bikes and pedestrians only.
- We just wanted to say Boulevard Périphérique. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is calling for permanent car-free streets, dedicated lanes for zero-emission vehicles, lower speed limits, and a reinvention of the aforementioned B.P., the traffic-clogged ring road serving Paris since 1973