Cam recommended a book…
A favorite currency is good ideas.
One good idea per book, per meeting, per trip…
Taking my kids to the library every Tuesday this summer => has proven to be a good idea. We look forward to the time together.
I spent decades being too busy to implement any good idea that involved slowing down.
I was only interested in ideas that helped me get more.
The good idea from the book above is “seek the real thing” => it’s similar to advice I give myself => look deeper, consider my un-met need, what are my actions saying about my values…
Approval – social media is driven by our need for approval. We get just enough to keep us coming back for more.
For me, the real thing is teaching kids. They are hardwired to think any reasonable human is an all-star, and that feels great.
Another favorite currency… a child’s hug, a deeper form of “like.”
Self-aware of goodness in action.
With the real thing, there’s no clutter, no background noise, no BS.
The author talks about sex being a motivator and it is, obviously.
…but that’s not always an option.
Consider skin-to-skin contact.
Time, to look around
As an elite athlete, I’d rarely stop, take pictures or notice my surroundings. There was a constant feeling of being in a rush.
This feeling goes back as far as I can remember.
At child’s pace, there is plenty of time: tiny flowers, distant goats, chubby marmots, streams, snow patches shaped like dragons and bugs…
Time to notice > scrolling in air-con.
There’s a persistent illusion that I’m doing something when I’m roaming online, but I’m not.
And nature is a much more effective form of nothing.
…but I need to get past my personal inertia.
…and that’s the author’s point.
In a world of competing interests, prior commitments and personal goals… where to focus?
Focus on moving myself towards the real thing.