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Today let’s remember something that makes us grateful or happy or inspired. Let’s enjoy the treasure trove of memories.
We live in the world our questions create.
-David Cooperrider, pioneer of Appreciative Inquiry
How does this quote relate to your world? For me it means that I should tone down the serious questions…
We are only convincing if our actions and our words match. When it comes to others we know that so we can be overly critical of others. It’s easy to spot the inconsistencies and while they should influence our decision making, let’s not be overly harsh with those who are making honest efforts. This includes ourselves.
People often wonder how long it takes to form a habit. Somehow popular culture seems to love the number 21 days, although that is not true, because some habits clearly take longer than others (say if you were motivated to eat chocolate every day you could probably implement that immediately). What Gretchen Rubin says is that a habit is a habit when we have ceased to ask ourselves any questions about it but just do it. There is no decision involved, rather the moment we stop thinking about whether we should do something or not it’s a habit.
What is the most generous interpretation you could possibly make of the person in front of you? Believing this interpretation is not for them, it’s for you.
On the internet the only thing that is limited and sparse is attention. The more people focus on a person or an organization the more freely they can disseminate their ideas. If you use social media to share articles you are a broadcaster too. The people and organizations you dislike would have to pay lots of advertising money if people didn’t share their ideas freely on the internet. So if you look at everything you post as an advertisement who would you like to help get attention? ISIS or the people who are working on solving the crisis? The big corporations or the newbies who are creating exciting new and sustainable approaches? Trump or the person you actually want to lead your country?