Written In Pencil

“History is written in pencil”

-Thomas Durant

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Wider Than The Sky



“The brain is wider than the sky for put them side by side – The one the other will contain with ease and you beside – The brain is deeper than the sea – For hold them blue to blue – The one the other will absorb – As sponges buckets do – The brain is just the weight of God for heft them pound for pound – And they will only differ if they do – as Syllable from sound.

Emily Dickinson



Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly: and listen to others, eve the dull and ignorant, for they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive person for they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter; for their will always be persons greater and lesser than yourself. enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble. It is a real blessing in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in times of misfortune. But do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you may conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your own soul.

With all of its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Desiderata

-Max Ehrmann
1927


Attitude

“Most people will come up with ten reasons why they can’t do something rather than come up with one good reason why they can and should. Be the kind who finds a way to make it work. With an attitude of failure we are whipped before we start. Be realistic, but start out with an attitude of optimism”

-R.B. Royal

Addiction, Procrastination and Laziness

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“Concrete future events , with concrete consequences most effectively motivate a person to take action in opposition to their present desires.”

“Strong feeling of hunger produces a similar state psychologically speaking as anxiety.”

“It is by no means a far fetched claim that future and/or prospective events bear or a persons present mind via thoughts, associations and affects they call up when thought about.”

“Deadlines act on procrastination by prompting them to carry out their desired task last minute.

“An entrance barrier equals activation energy, let that sink in.”

“A persons desire for a behavior itself and their desire for its results both contribute a motivating role toward whether or not the task is completed. Each exerts their own pull and if the two oppose one another the one that is stronger generally determines the persons manifest behavior”

“The psychological factor that eventually instigates them to take action is anxiety of the consequences of not doing it.”

“The psychological factors that deters one from getting started is the dread of the act.”

“It isn’t simply that people behave or even think irrationally , but that the conscious control we exert over are own behavior has sometimes partial, sometimes little and sometimes no bearing on our actions at all.”

“Willpower is ultimately an insignificant factor in achievement.”

“We often confuse our desire for results with the action that produces these.”

“The magnitude of results will outweigh an aversion to the act or task that produces them.”

“The mind does not want to simply attain pleasure. It seeks to increase it.”

“In every instance that our attention strays so involuntary and automatically from reading, it is invariably the result of one of these two factors; It is given up in place of something more pleasurable, or because something dis-pleasurable has been evoked.”

“We can regard any type of effort, no matter how slight or trivial as evoking in anticipation of it some amount of pleasure.”

“If the pleasure principle only roughly directs and controls human behavior, we can assume that it does so almost entirely for animal behavior.”

“The pleasure unconscious only realizes two inputs, pleasure and displeasure, it’s sole function propels the organism to seek the former and avoid the latter. This most basic binary functionality speaks of its ancient evolutionary origins.”

“Anxiety provides an evolutionary benefit in that it helps one avoid danger.”

“We can infer that after the evolution of instincts and emotions (or perhaps at the same time) evolved associative memory, giving brains the ability to imprint and associate stimuli with the pleasure, pain, emotions and instincts they once evoked.”

“The major determining forces behind human thought are not cognitive but connotative.”

“Our attention can be used or put to use for two functions; perception and action.”

“In addition it is not just the stimuli from the environment we can perceive, but our unconscious thoughts, imagination, hallucinations,associations as well as our conscious.”

“The first thing a stimulus requires to affect a persons cognition is to be perceived by them.”

“Become aware of whether the behavior we are trying to control is motivated by relieving displeasure or acquiring pleasure.”